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New Hardware Said to Unlock Developers' and Companies' Access to Mesh Networking Technology
SAN FRANCISCO–Particle, the developer of an Internet of Things (IoT) platform, recently released Particle Mesh, its next generation hardware aimed at unlocking developer access to mesh networking technology. According to Particle, company networks that use Particle Mesh can cover more ground and capture more data with higher reliability at a reduced cost, ultimately making IoT solutions more intelligent. For developers, this is said to mark an important advance with potentially significant impacts on industries from manufacturing and logistics to smart home devices.
Particle Mesh is uniquely built to solve the IoT issues many companies run into while building connected products. Historically, IoT devices connect directly to the cloud through cellular or Wi-Fi communication and depend on the cloud to relay messages between devices. This approach is not optimal for all use cases as it requires all devices to be Wi-Fi or LTE connected, which can create added cost, power demands, and downtime.
As an alternative, Particle Mesh enables developers to create local networks with low-cost, low-power devices that communicate with one another, then back to a single Wi-Fi- or LTE-connected gateway to the cloud. This also instills redundancy, so if one endpoint fails, the network automatically self-heals to the nearest device with no downtime or lost data.
Particle Mesh offers a new family of mesh-ready devices–the Argon, Boron, and Xenon– with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, fully integrated with the Particle Device Cloud. (www.particle.io/mesh)
"In the six years we've been supporting IoT creators, we're honored to have helped more than 150,000 creators bring their products online–and learned a lot about the toughest problems that innovators encounter," said Zach Supalla, co-founder and CEO of Particle. "We built Particle Mesh to address a gap in the market: building local networks to connect IoT products to each other without being a networking guru. We're excited to see what problems our customers solve with this new technology."
Particle is also continuing investment in open source standards alongside leading IoT partners in both hardware and software. Particle Mesh capabilities are built on the mesh networking technology OpenThread by Alphabet's Nest Labs. The new portfolio of hardware is built to comply with Adafruit's Feather form factor, providing compatibility with more than 50 FeatherWing hardware accessories. Particle Mesh development kits are completely open-sourced, giving developers access to board layout and schematics.
"Thread was created to support developers in building connected products with a networking protocol that activates the internet in IoT," said Grant Erickson, president of Thread Group. "Built on Thread, Particle Mesh enables a welcomed expansion beyond the connected home, to industrial use cases that will drive the next wave of growth of IoT."
Particle (www.Particle.io) said that it "helps connect anything to the internet." The company provides what it describes as a scalable, reliable, and secure Internet of Things platform that enables enterprises or developers to easily build, connect, and manage any device and unlock the power of the IoT.
According to Particle, more than 8,500 customers, 140,000 developers, and half the Fortune 500 have deployed the company's hardware and software offerings. Its customers are said to include the global energy provider Engie, design studio Ideo, and coffee pioneer Keurig.
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