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AMIHO's AM093 accomodates both Wireless M-Bus and long-range LoRa capability. LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global network. Its network architecture is typically laid out in a star-of-stars topology in which gateways are a transparent bridge relaying messages between end-devices and a central network server in the backend

In the UK, provider of wireless communications solutions AMIHO Technology has this week launched a dual-band Wireless M-Bus evaluation kit, helping customers connect their smart meters and Internet of Things devices.

The Cambridge-based company claims that its AE093 kit “provides a flexible and comprehensive development and evaluation platform” assisting customers to test the products and provide a proof of concept.

AMIHO’s solutions are designed for industrial and commercial applications including smart meters, in-home displays, hubs and gateways, low-energy lighting, building and home automation appliances. The company says however, that its technology can be tailored for almost any SMART, M2M or Internet of Things application requiring wireless connectivity.

The evaluation kit features a radio module, which operates with both Wireless M-Bus and long-range LoRa capability, as well as providing dual-band 169 MHz and 868 MHz for sub-gigahertz wireless communications.

The modules include an optimised software stack, so that customers can focus on developing their end application, speeding up product development time.

Says David Blumstein, MD of AMIHO Technology: “Our products are aimed at connectivity for the smart metering and Internet of Things markets, where our customers are planning to connect a high volume of devices.

“Our range of modules have low power draw and are therefore especially suited to battery-operated and off-grid devices. Using our modules overcomes a number of challenges for these sectors including enabling connectivity for hard-to-reach devices.”

Addressing Internet of Things security

In June, global provider of embedded processing solutions Freescale  introduced a new set of microcontrollers with secure integrated communications designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things.

The new multi-control chips form part of its Kinetis microcontroller (MCU) family, which is able to deliver a high level of integrated security, the company claims.

According to a company statement, the Kinetis K8x MCU family features three integrated circuits (ICs) including the main processor, a security co-processor to perform cryptographic functions, and in some cases an IC for physical tamper protection.

Steve Tateosian, director of Microcontroller Platforms for Freescale’s Microcontroller group, added: “Broad market MCUs are the critical enablers of innovative new end-node applications, and for the [Internet of Things] to evolve, these MCUs must enable highly securable product designs."