For the past few years, the Mbed community in Japan is organizing 'Mbed Fest', a quarterly celebration for the community that highlights local partners, companies and individuals using Mbed. I attended the Mbed Fest Japan in Tokyo on the 27th of October 2018, which inspired me to arrange a similar event in Korea. And so, the first Mbed Fest Korea was held successfully on the 29th of December 2018. With the event being held on one the coldest days of the year, and being so close to the event of the year it was a fantastic surprise to see so many people show up.
First of all, happy new year from the Mbed team!
IoT devices without an internet connection are, well, just devices. But getting connectivity everywhere can be problematic. WiFi and Bluetooth only work at a short range, and 4G requires expensive radios and lots of power. In the past years we have seen the advent of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs), which offer a huge range while consuming very little power. Two such networks are the telco-backed LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, and 2018 saw the first commercial roll-outs of these networks.
Has your company created a product based on Mbed OS? Then we’d love to chat!
Whenever we get the chance to talk to you about an Mbed OS based product you’ve built, it seems to unearth a whole variety of opportunities for both of us. Whether it is to see how we can give you some additional support, get feedback on how we could improve Mbed itself, or to help showcase your products to the companies we meet that are looking for devices and solutions, it seems good things happen.
To uncover these opportunities more reliably, we’ve now put up a simple form where you can tell us about your product. I’ll be reviewing this every week, and it would be great to hear from you about what you’ve been building to see how we can help.
Here is a bit more on what telling us about your designs can lead to:
Security, storage and ease of use continue to be front of mind for the team behind Mbed OS. With our latest release focused on secure sockets, Advanced Storage solutions for IoT Devices, and Enhanced Device Statistics APIs, in addition to resolving several bug fixes. These updates enable businesses to simplify the creation of devices needing secure connections to any cloud and lower the cost of devices requiring remote firmware upgrades. The detailed technical overview and release notes can be found on the Mbed OS releases page.
Back in April we added a native LoRaWAN stack to Mbed OS 5.8, and today we're continuing our commitment by adding LoRaWAN 1.1 support. LoRaWAN 1.1 includes support for secure device provisioning through a Join Server, new security primitives, handover roaming, and optimizations for communication from the network to the device. In addition to LoRaWAN 1.1 this release also adds support for LoRaWAN 1.0.3.
We have recently updated our policy regarding the GitHub profiles of all users requiring membership of the ARMmbed organization.
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