Avnet's Express Connect Tool Reduces Hardware Development Time for IoT Proof of Concept Applications

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 03, 2021


Avnet's Express Connect Tool Reduces Hardware Development Time for IoT Proof of Concept Applications

Avnet's new Avnet Express Connect tool provides developers and non-programmers alike with the ability to deploy combinations of connected IoT solutions.

This effort was made to further expand Avnet's IoTConnect platform, which is designed to accelerate time-to-market and reduce costs for IoT developers and customers.

Avnet's Express Connect tool enables the creation and evaluation of IoT-based designs. It provides developers and customers the ability to deploy combinations of IoT solutions at the edge while linking this data to cloud dashboards and SaaS applications. A cloud-based tool, Express Connect contains a library of hundreds, expanding to thousands of industrial IoT sensors, interface boards, and gateways that can be linked together in endless combinations all via a drag-and-drop design environment. Once the design is created, the platform generates all the underlying code, which is remotely deployed to any Avnet Express Connect Gateway globally within seconds.

Avnet's Express Connect Tool supports sensors ranging from simple temperature and humidity to specialized sensors. Key suppliers supported include Omega, TE, Amphenol, Advantech, and others.  Per the company, the list of supported devices, sensors, and suppliers is growing with a path to include more than 900 supported sensors and devices by July 2021.

Avnet manages and secures the IoT-based designs created in Express Connect through the IoTConnect platform built on Microsoft Azure.  Solution developers and OEMs can create cloud-based applications that communicate with the Avnet IoTConnect API, avoiding the complexity of sensor interfaces, protocols, security, and device management. Connected suppliers can expand their market presence with preconnected devices that accelerate customer adoption and reach.

Avnet's IoTConnect Solutions Hub has an extensive library of supported devices, sensors, and solution accelerators available in Express Connect.  For a list of the preconnected devices visit, https://iotconnectsolutionshub.com/

For more information, visit: https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/integrated


Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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