At the Smart City Expo ’15, Tatung Company announced the availability of its full line of embedded modules developed specifically for use in various smart city applications that include electrical vehicle charging, intelligent street lighting, and pervasive sensing & control. The modules have been designed to suit applications requirements where system integration, standards-based communication protocols, reliability, and cost often arise as key considerations in deployment.
According to the 2013 Annual Report from the World Health Organization, 70% of the world population will live in cities by 2050. In addition, the generation of people over the age of 65 will double in this time span. These two basic facts are among the underpinnings for the growth in demand for more efficient and responsive city social services. This is a burgeoning opportunity for Smart City solutions and the next generation of products offered by Tatung can be integral to fulfilling these needs. Tatung’s full line of embedded applications modules is designed to enable smart products for Smart Cities. It starts with compact-sized M1 and M3 boards that have built-in power-line communications, and Linux- or Java-based system-processing capabilities. UDK-21, ideal for use as an intelligent gateway, is an expanded version of M3 that includes a stackable C3 board and hosts a wide array of peripheral control devices.
Additionally, Tatung’s MEVSE board features a special design for use in smart EV charging stations, while the MGX board conveniently enables pervasive smart city sensing and control. The MGX board can also be used as an intelligent network hub virtually anywhere in a large, wide area deployment.
Tatung’s embedded modules for Smart City applications are based on the STMicroelectronics ST2100 STreamPlug that combines a high-performance processing subsystem with Powerline Communication (PLC), security and peripheral features to support hybrid networks utilizing popular wired and wireless standards including HomePlug® AV and HomePlug Green PHY.
At the Smart City Expo, Tatung displayed its full line of modules with software developed with its partners. Arkados has provided software support packages that complete the software release of these modules. The support packages integrate board-level software and provide developers with a complete development environment. In addition, Arkados’ device-management software, LinqUSP(TM), has been added as a utility for managing the device lifecycle, a critical task throughout the Smart City application. Specialized software IP, such as the Grid2Home Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0, Prosyst’s OSGi, and others have also been integrated, according to application needs.
“We believe that the Smart City is all about dealing with data and processes autonomously to make our lives more efficient and comfortable. However, today we lack pervasive computing devices that can practically and seamlessly weave through the Web for smart cities regardless of communication methods and data-exchange formats,” said Dr. Alan Pan, Chief Strategy Officer of Tatung’s Consumer Business Group. “Our goal at Tatung is to work with our partners and play an indispensable role in this area. We believe our full-line modules will be among the first in the industry to provide complete building blocks for smart city network-based computing for smart energy management, sensing & control, and remote monitoring. The cooperation with Arkados in developing the software support packages has been an important step of our accomplishment.”
“With Arkados’ rich experience in PLC technology and expertise in embedded- and application-software development, we are in a strong position to continue contributing to perfecting Tatung’s embedded modules for a wide range of smart city applications,” said Terrence DeFranco, CEO of Arkados Group, Inc. “Our focus is goes beyond architecting software for these modules at the embedded level. We also support developers in building valuable products on our platform and enabling rapid deployment and lower development costs. Speed and quality of application development is crucial and we are already seeing great traction with large customers.”
As the company that best represents Taiwan by media’s choice, Tatung Co, publicly listed in Taiwan, is a global company specializing in Heavy Electrical Equipment, Consumer & Advanced Electronics, and New Energy System Solutions. Tatung also operates through its subsidiaries and leads in major business such as display panels, computer and IT solutions, advanced chemical materials, and retail stores in Taiwan. Tatung’s core strengths in custom-design and manufacturing services have contributed to the success of
large-scale ODM business over the past decades. Tatung has recently partnered with major companies to create solutions for smart energy and Internet of Things (IoT). One particular focus of Tatung’s advanced electronics business has been established and based on intelligent broadband Powerline Communication (PLC) technology for applications where robustness and reliability of operation is key. In cooperation with key partners that include STMicroelectronics, Grid-to-Home, Arkados Inc., and Prosyst, Tatung has demonstrated a combined strength in offering pre-integrated, proven solutions for smart energy, the Internet of Things, and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). Tatung looks forward to extending its business partnership with industry leaders and key partners on global basis for the fast growing business. More information about Tatung’s products and services can be found on www.tatung.com.
About Arkados Group, Inc.
Arkados Group, Inc. (“Arkados” or the “Company”) is a leading software development and system integrator enabling Internet of Things applications for home and building automation and energy management. The Company’s solutions are uniquely designed to drive a wide variety of wireless and powerline communication (PLC)-based products, such as sensors, gateways, video cameras, appliances and other devices. By utilizing the Company’s solutions, Arkados’ customers can bring numerous sophisticated, full-featured products to market faster at a lower overall development cost. Arkados® is a registered trademark of Arkados Group, Inc. For more information about Arkados, please visit: http://www.arkadosgroup.com.