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As its ecosystem continues to develop and grow, Arduino, the world’s leading open-source ecosystem for Education, Maker and IoT markets, recently announced its participation at CES 2017, to be held January 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV.

“The IoT is driving economic growth and social change,” said Federico Musto, Arduino CEO. “We’re happy to be working with passionate developers fueling IoT growth. Never before have we seen such accessible distribution channels, social media to reach customers, and avenues to raise money to start a company or ship a product. Arduino offers a plethora of affordable hardware and software to build IoT products for work and play. If you look around CES this year, we think you’ll see Arduino in many cool inventions being shared by start ups as well as large companies.”

The evolution and innovation in open source hardware and software remains critical to the world, especially as the IoT explodes worldwide. Gartner reports that 5.5 million new IoT things will be connected every day. According to analysts, the number of connected objects has grown by 30% since 2015; we now have 6.4 billion connected things worldwide in 2016. That number will more than triple, to 20.8 billion connected IoT devices by 2020.

Arduino will be showcasing four of its popular boards, including Arduino Primo, the “IoT Connectivity board” that includes both BLE and WiFi; the Arduino Primo Core, a quarter-sized, portable, and easy-to-sew-into-fashion “Wearables Coin” that can be controlled by a smart phone over BLE; the Arduino STAR Otto “IoT Management board,” which includes a touch screen, camera port, and audio in/out; and the just-announced Arduino LoRa Shield “Industrial IoT Connectivity board,” which enables other Arduino boards to take advantage of the long range and mobility of being connected to a LoRa network.

LoRa, a wireless RF technology developed to create wide-area networks for IoT and IIoT applications, gives developers a new way to connect and transact. The connectivity range of Wi-Fi and BLE is typically measured in tens of meters indoors, and hundreds of meters outdoors. LoRa’s range reaches into the thousands of meters. LoRa also offers the mobility of cellular networks without the requirement for a mobile contract, due to its operation on unlicensed sub GHz spectrum. For low bandwidth IoT and IIoT applications, LoRa’s reduced communication costs and low power consumption are a great fit when combined with Arduino’s popular, easy to deploy, open source hardware and software. Now entrepreneurs have a cost effective way to build important applications with LoRa — in the fields of healthcare, energy, financial services, agriculture, and more.

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