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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.


— 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.


  • 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!😉


— 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).


— Terrence

IoT DevCon

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

Looking forward to seeing you!


— 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.


— 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.


— Terrence


Using a proven IoT platform instead of building your own can be critical (“Why ‘buy’ is better than ‘build’”), especially for startups where time-to-market and rapid scale-up are essential to success.

TechCrunch just posted “An insider’s handbook for IoT startups” and recommends using platforms like Electric Imp to save you time and money to connect your product. Well said!


— Terrence

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This just in:

Electric Imp announces closing of $21M Series C financing, led by Rampart Capital, company insiders, and returning Redpoint Ventures.  The new funding brings the total raised to date by the company to $43 million. 

“Our flexible solution, coupled with rapidly expanding commercial and industrial demand, were key factors in raising a solid C round in the face of a challenging funding environment,” said Oliver Hutaff, Electric Imp’s CFO/COO. 

Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp: “The new funding will enable us to accelerate our growth and development as we continue to aggressively expand our platform globally to enterprises in commercial and industrial markets.”

For the full announcement, see BusinessWire.


— Terrence

When creating an IoT solution today one of the most important decisions is to ‘build vs. buy’.

This is critical because deciding to ‘build it yourself’ is tempting, but fraught with complexity. Doing IoT right is hard, and experience indicates that in most cases it is much better to leverage an existing and proven IoT platform such as Electric Imp rather than embarking on the risky, time-consuming, and costly effort to build your own. 

My colleague Pete Tarbox assembled the ‘Top 6 reasons Manufacturers should leverage existing platforms for IoT’:

  1. Security, Security, Security
  2. Connectivity is harder than you think
  3. It’s not what you do
  4. The cost of getting it wrong is immense
  5. Developing a Platform won’t differentiate you
  6. You haven’t got the time

An excellent blog post, worth reading.


— Terrence

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We recently did a Q&A session with one of our IoT analytics partners mnubo, asking the following questions:

  • What are the main obstacles that have stopped companies from entering the IoT?
  • What are the top compelling use cases of IoT-driven data? 
  • What is something that you have learned from IoT data that was unexpected? 
  • What is the best IoT product that you have seen and why do you think it tops the list?

It’s a quick read and very much reflects our experiences in the market and with customers and explains the Electric Imp focus on providing worry-free connectivity and security that enables customers to focus on extracting business value.

Full Q&A post here.


— Terrence

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