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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Embedded barebone box for IoT gateways

By Nick Flaherty at

Advantech has launched a thin bare-bone fanless system with Intel's Celeron N3160/N3060 or Atom x5-E8000 processors.

Designed with Advantech 3.5” PCM-9310 Single Board Computer, the EPC-S101 provides several I/O ports and Advantech's IoT software for remote devices management, and flexible mounting methods ready for use in various industrial and commercial application fields.

THe EPC-S101 measures only 188 x 39 x 150 mm, and is less than 1U in height. The fanless system provides 6 USB ports, 4 COM ports (RS-232/422/485), 2 GB Ethernet ports, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, an 8-bit digital I/O port, an audio jack w/ mic in, and a line out port. It has reserved spaces for a 2.5” SATA SSD with SATA power, mSATA, and a full-size mini-PCIe with SIM holder for multiple expansion. 

For flexibility the box supports wall mount, VESA mount, and din rail mounting to cope with different application scenarios. With its reduced system size, multiple IO ports, and flexible mounting methods, the box is suitable for retail, commercial kiosk, and signage applications, environmental monitoring, and HMI device implementation.

The WISE-PaaS/RMM provides centralised management including HW/SW status monitoring, remote control, and system backup/recovery. It supports server redundancy and hierarchical server management, which increases service reliability and availability. WISE-PaaS/RMM uses standard IoT protocols such as MQTT to communicate with IPCs and IoT gateways and sensors. It provides a WISE Agent framework for data acquisition from devices, as well as the RESTful API web service, which allows the user to integrate RMM functions with other applications or for further customisation. 

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