The Internet of things (IoT) is the Internet connectivity to devices and everyday objects.
An IoT device is something with embedded electronics, Internet connectivity and other types of hardware (such as detectors or controllers).
And these devices can communicate and interact with each other via the Internet.
This makes them easy to monitor and remotely control.
IoT technology has made massive changes to the way we control our everyday household devices such as heating, lighting, security and even home appliances (fridge, freezers etc).
These can now be controlled by smartphones, tablets and PC’s no matter where you are in the world.
The first ever IoT device was a Coke vending machine in 1982.
It was connected to the internet and relayed information on the inventory and whether the drinks were cold or not.
This technology brings great benefits such as, constant monitoring of elderly people living alone. For example, a device could warn carers if the room temperature falls below a safe level.
In medical care for example, it can provide live feedback for those with life threatening illness even when they are at home.
Another example is the door bells with cameras, you’re not home when someone rings your bell but your smartphone rings and you can instantly see and communicate with whoever is there.
There are so many applications for IoT technology that we have only just scratched the surface.
As new IoT devices are being created every day it has initiated a whole new dynamic in the world of electronics development.
The focus now does not lie with creating large systems but in adapting existing systems to connect to the net and communicate with other devices.
This goes from consumer to industrial applications and into Industry 4.0.
This evolution has multiplied the number of new electronic product developments with smaller rather than bigger applications.
They have to be market ready by yesterday and this puts more pressure on the development engineers and their suppliers.
How Does Eurocircuits Help?
We have invested heavily in this trend to support our customers by offering them faster and more dynamic services as below:
- PCB proto – 3 Working Days Delivery as Standard down from 7 WD in January 2019.
- STANDARD pool, RF pool and IMS pool – 5 Working Days Delivery as Standard down from 7 WD only 3 weeks ago.
- DEFINED IMPEDANCE pool – a new service with 5WD Delivery as Standard offering a specific build-up for 50Ω/90Ω specific requirements.
For all of our services we offer our free to use online eC-Smart tools the PCB Visualizer and PCBA Visualizer.
These allow our customers to ensure their layouts are “RIGHT FIRST TIME for MANUFACTURE”.
This has the advantage that your PCB’s are delivered (bare board or populated) “ON TIME” and ‘WITHIN BUDGET”.
Making sure that your project meet your “TIME to MARKET” expectations.