Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Omron board helps designers build IoT sensor prototypes

Steve Rogerson
November 5, 2019



A sensor evaluation board from Japan-based Omron gives developers working on sensor systems for the IoT a fast track to a proof-of-concept prototype hosted on Raspberry Pi, Arduino or Adafruit Feather.
 
The board comes equipped with sensors for six popular environmental parameters, is supported by data acquisition software and features expansion connectors to interface to Omron and other manufacturers’ sensors.
 
The 2JCIE-EV01 board comes equipped with sensors to measure temperature, humidity, pressure, light, sound and acceleration. An on-board connector allows it to be expanded with the Omron D6T thermal sensor, D6F-PH MEMS differential pressure sensor, B5W-LB optical sensor or B5W-LD air quality and dust sensor. A further connector allows any Qwiic compatible sensor to be connected to the board. Omron has supplied code for the required sensor data acquisition programme on GitHub.
 
“The IoT is leading to extremely fast growth in the sensor market,” said Gabriele Fulco, product marketing manager of Omron Electronic Components in Europe. “There are a lot of developers working in this field, and, with the launch of this module, Omron is making their life much easier by eliminating the need to create a hardware and software interface before evaluating a sensor. Customers just need to connect the host board, load the software and can be acquiring useable data within an hour.”
 
The board’s internal sensor is based on Omron’s 2JCIE-BL01 USB environmental sensor module. The board has an internal data logging capability and can accumulate data for approximately three months based on a communication frequency of once every five minutes.
 
In addition to the host board, it can connect to multiple devices, such as smartphones, via Bluetooth 5.0. Bespoke threshold values can be set to provide alerts that notify the user of any abnormal sensor readings.
 
Omron is offering three separate variants of the board depending on whether users want to host their prototype on Raspberry Pi, Arduino or Adafruit Feather.
 
Omron Electronic Components in Europe is a specialist in electromechanical PCB relays, as well as a supplier of components such as micro switches, mosfet relays, dip switches, photo-microsensors and connectors. Its portfolio of technologies including MEMS based pressure, flow and thermal measurement sensors, human face and gesture recognition modules, and vibration and tilt sensors.