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Quick wrap-up of the latest news:

Pitney Bowes just announced that they are now rolling out their new SmartLink device to hundreds of thousands of Pitney Bowes postage meters.

SmartLink IoT technology securely connects the meters in the field to the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud and the Clarity SaaS solutions suite (hosted on GE Predix), resulting in reduced costs and operational efficiencies, enabling new services for Pitney Bowes’ clients, and driving higher customer satisfaction. 

The Electric Imp platform is at the heart of this transformation as the industrial-strength, flexible, and cost-effective real-time connectivity platform for the delivery of Pitney Bowes’ revolutionary digital solutions.

Much more detail can be found at:

Congratulations to Pitney Bowes on a great product and successful launch!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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EETimes just published a great interview with the Electric Imp CEO and co-founder Hugo Fiennes, speaking on a wide range of topics including the future of IoT connectivity, how LTE Cat M and NB-1 are game-changers, why commercial and industrial IoT markets are surging, and why Electric Imp is focusing on the hard part of getting IoT connectivity and security right.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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One of the great things about the Electric Imp platform is the ecosystem of drop-in libraries that allow developers to easily create highly functional and robust applications both on the device and in the cloud.

Examples:

  • Need to integrate with Microsoft Azure? Drop in our Azure IoT Hub library.
  • Need a JSON parser? Leverage our optimized JSON encoder/decoder
  • Need to support a particular device like the CFAx33 LCD/keypad? Use our existing device driver.

These libraries are very popular and we keep making updates and additions based on developer, customer, and partner demand.

Summary of the recent Updates:

  • Autodesk Fusion Connect (previously Autodesk SeeControl): This is a new library released a short while ago that provides integration into the Autodesk Fusion Connect IoT platform.
  • Skyhook Precision Location: Another recently released library that allows you to easily and precisely determine your device location based on WiFi, cellular, and other sources.
  • Microsoft Azure IoT Hub Client: Integration of the Electric Imp platform with Azure IoT Hub and the wider Microsoft IoT platform, the latest release adds performance improvements.
  • AWS Request V4 and AWS Kinesis Firehose: Updated library supporting the latest API versions and compatibility with Dynamo DB.
  • JSON Encoder/Decoder: New library for a small and optimized JSON encoder and decoder. 
  • JS Promises: This library provides the popular JavaScript Promise pattern on the Electric Imp platform, now in version 3.0.0 as a major rewrite with a number of improvements and new features.
  • Electric Imp Factory Tools: Provides support for Electric Imp’s connected manufacturing process, now adding imp Factory Agents. 
  • Electric Imp Bullwinkle and Rocky: Provides a robust communication framework and RESTful API manager, now updated with several optimizations and fixes.
  • Electric Imp Pretty Printer: New library that makes prettified output for application data easy.
  • CFAx33 LCD/keypad: New device driver supporting the CrystalFonts CFAx33 LCD/keypad hardware.

Furthermore, we are working on upcoming libraries for IBM Watson IoT integration, Modbus-RTU support, a USB driver framework, printer drivers, and more.

For a full list of libraries, see here. So, get cranking on that code and stay tuned for more!😉

Cheers,

— Terrence

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Quick update: Electric Imp recently released multi-user support in our connected product development tools. 

Why is this important? One of the differentiating features of the Electric Imp platform has always been the ability to rapidly develop and securely deploy custom applications both on the Electric Imp-powered devices in the field as well as the Electric Imp Cloud.

With the new multi-user support, companies can now have different collaborators with different roles work on product development together, improving the development process, bringing in multiple parties in a reliable manner, and reducing friction and improving time to market.

As always, Electric Imp developer accounts are free – so give the new features a try (and order a Electric Imp dev kit along the way).

Cheers,

— Terrence

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From the very beginning, Electric Imp was focused on delivering real-world IoT connectivity, enabling our customers go to market with their connected products securely, quickly, and at scale. 

We are now serving over 100 customers in 25 industries in 105 countries and have processed over 175 billion (yes, with a ‘b’) data messages for our customers through the Electric Imp cloud – with a current run rate of 10 billion messages every single month. And adding Autodesk and Skyhook to our partner ecosystem along the way. For more information, see announcement.

Not many connectivity solutions can claim that. How can we help deliver your connected products?

Cheers,

— Terrence

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Electric Imp and New Relic team up for IoT Workshop

Electric Imp and New Relic are teaming up to get cool data from your IoT device and show you how to implement IoT application monitoring at the edge.

Come to the IoT Workshop on June 28th to see how you can get live data into your New Relic instance using an Electric Imp, such as:

  • Environmental data (humidity, temperature, etc)
  • Device operational data (WiFi signal strength, power levels, and more)
  • Communication and application performance data (communication round-trip time, application statistics, etc)

You’ll learn how easy the Electric Imp-New Relic integration is and how to use New Relic to optimize your real-world IoT application – plus, solve our workshop challenges! Bring your laptop, and think of cool ideas if you’d like to explore Electric Imp and New Relic tie-ins of your own!

The event is FREE at happens at the New Relic offices in San Francisco on June 28. Register here.

Cheers,

— Terrence

IoT DevCon

Electric Imp will be at IoT DevCon in Santa Clara, May 25-26:

Looking forward to seeing you!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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Questions on IoT? Meet Electric Imp at IoT World in Santa Clara next week (May 10-12).

More info here.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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By now it should be pretty clear that security is a critical topic in any serious IoT offering. Mistakes can ruin your business.

While many people in the industry are still debating IoT security and the best ways to achieve it, Electric Imp has already shipped more than 500,000 devices with our comprehensive end-to-end security architecture and ‘security as a service’ model – which means Electric Imp provides ongoing security maintenance for as long as you need your devices to be connected.

We deliver worry-free connectivity so you can focus on your product.

For a brief overview, check out the short 1-minute video.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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One of the tricky aspects of deploying connected products or IoT devices is how to enroll these devices into the system once in the field and provision the necessary connectivity and authentication parameters in a reliable and secure way.

Traditional methods (such as WPS, pre-embedding identity in the device, barcode stickers, or manual entry) are either incomplete, expose attack surface, or failure-prone.

Electric Imp uses a clever optical transmission method called BlinkUp(™). BlinkUp is a small app (available for iOS and Android) which allows the user to enter connectivity information (e.g. WiFi SSID and password), and then the app provisions these parameters (together with an enrollment nonce) to the Electric Imp device optically via the phone screen, and completes a secure and replay-proof device enrollment process within a couple of seconds. 

While, at first, it may seem a bit usual to hold your phone up against a device, BlinkUp is actually one of the easiest, fastest, and most secure way to bring devices online and a key feature of the Electric Imp platform.

We just released a major update to the BlinkUp app, making it more user friendly and streamlined. Check out the full blog post with more information.

Cheers,

— Terrence

 

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