Design smart products!

Hardware development at the heart of your IoT project.

Bring your objects to life

Hardware is what allows you to design objects that can capture and measure physical quantities, exchange information between objects and transfer data over the networks used for the IoT.

Objects are the foundation of the IoT – without objects, there would be no IoT.

Technology choices

Defining the electronic architecture, selecting and implementing the major technology components and building blocks of your objects

Design

Designing wiring diagrams and layouts for the electronic boards included in the objects, prototyping, startup, prototype characterisation and validation

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Monitoring

Managing and monitoring the manufacture of electronic boards, relations with component producers and distributors, EMS

Mass production

Approval, test tool implementation, programming, launching mass production, managing obsolescence

We can distinguish between two broad families of objects:

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Devices that incorporate connectivity directly

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Gateways responsible for collecting data, processing it and transmitting it across IoT networks

References

In&Motion

Protective airbag vest for bikers, high-level skiers and horse riders.

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Fall detection and inflation in less than 100 milliseconds

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Continuous data recording and analysis

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High-performance algorithm (optimised using data reported by users)

Hardware in the IoT pathway

Hardware is present at all stages of your IoT project and involves:

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Technology watch in order to take advantage of the latest innovations

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Choosing suppliers and the COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) approach

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Relationships with manufacturers and distributors, interfaces with EMS, subcontractors

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Development in the laboratory with a wide range of measurement equipment, certification

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Development in the laboratory with a wide range of measurement equipment, certification

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Design for manufacturing, design for testing

A word from Sébastien

Hardware engineer

“Innovation is part of my job every single day. Our customers come from many different fields, so each project has its own set of constraints and ideas. It’s a very stimulating environment to work in and it requires us to stay informed on the latest releases and technological developments. It’s incredibly satisfying to support and guide our customers through the various steps of a project and help them bring their ideas to life, all the way to market launch of their connected product.”

Sébastien,Hardware engineer

Sébastien André Hardware Designer

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ingénieur Hardware

“L’innovation est notre quotidien, nos clients sont issus d’univers divers et variés, ainsi, chaque projet apporte son lot de nouvelles contraintes et d’idées. C’est un environnement de travail stimulant, qui requiert de rester informé des dernières nouveautés et évolutions technologiques. C’est une immense satisfaction de pouvoir accompagner et guider nos clients au travers des nombreuses étapes qui leur permettront de concrétiser leurs idées et d’aboutir à la mise sur le marché de leur produit connecté.”

Sébastien, ingénieur Hardware

Sébastien André Hardware Designer

Key technologies used for hardwaree

Connectivity

LPWAN

Sigfox

LoRaWAN

LTE-M

NB-IoT

Cellular

2G/3G/4G/5G

Short range

Bluetooth

BLE

BLE mesh

WiFi

Contactless

RFID

NFC

Others, including industry-specific technologies

USB

Zigbee

DIO

Ethernet

CAN/Modbus

RS232/RS485

ISM 433/868

Focus on power

This is the heart of the object – without power, it remains inert. Many projects have no energy constraints, because they are mains-powered. Where this is not available, however, there are a number of options depending on the specific constraints and the use case.

  • Low Power: to guarantee embedded power with no recharging and no maintenance.
  • Energy Harvesting: to convert energy from external sources (solar, vibration, heat etc.) into stored electrical energy to provide objects with an autonomous power supply.
  • Qi: to transmit energy and recharge objects wirelessly.
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The scope of hardware technologies

Our hardware skills go beyond connectivity and power, also covering:

  • microcontrollers, microprocessors, SOM (System On Module)
  • sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, hygrometer, thermometer etc.
  • HMI: LED, buzzer, loudspeaker, display

I have an IoT project

Which connectivity technology should you choose?

The choice of technology is fundamental for the management of your IoT project and the performance of the finished object.

– Energy consumption,
– Scope and volume of data

For a full explanation and advice to help you decide: