Industry 4.0 / Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT Tech Control Platforms

Northern Apex offers IoT sensors, system design, and custom software for IoT solutions. Our approach adds IoT capabilities to existing equipment so you can leverage your previous investments, and still take advantage of new technology.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing sectors in the tech industry. Most of the IoT projects currently being developed or already enjoying success in the marketplace are new and unprecedented creations or “Greenfield” devices. However, integrating connectivity and data collection into “Brownfield” or pre-existing, legacy devices, offers even greater potential for businesses growth.

Because Greenfield products are new, their manufacturers don’t have to contend with the limitations that legacy software and hardware impose. With a clean slate, they have the freedom to choose any and all tools that fit their needs.

Brownfield devices, on the other hand, have years of research and development, a track record of reliable performance, consist of proprietary systems, and have production lines already in place. To throw that all away and start over from scratch is often an insurmountable obstacle to implementing IoT integration. This is why manufacturers favor solutions that are additive rather than one that requires replacement or redesign.

The Northern Apex IoT Tech Control Platforms are solutions allowing the integration of connectivity and data collection for new or pre-existing devices without requiring a redesign of the product, device or equipment. They are designed to give control of IoT networks at the edge, which follows a trending shift in IoT system design. This allows real-time data processing and saves on overall bandwidth.

Returnable Assets

IoT Tech 200

The IoT Tech 200 platform has Bluetooth®, comm port connectivity, and can be used for a variety of applications.
  • Update existing technologies to 4-20mA transducer input, 9-3.3V digital I/O with optional software selectable pull-ups, internal to PIC®, dual USB virtual com ports and more
  • Ribbon cable connector for parallel interface to alphanumeric character display and up to 4 x 5 matrix keyboard
  • Bluetooth®, RN42 module, autodiscovery, 9600 baud serial com
  • Dimensions: 4.75” x 3.00”
Fixed Assets

IoT Tech 300

The IoT Tech 300 platform has an optional touchscreen, ethernet connectivity and wireless interface. They can be used for a variety of applications.
  • Update existing technologies to real-time clock with battery backup, SD storage, USB host, Ethernet, USB and Serial communication port interfaces
  • A powerful controller that is a cost-effective PLC alternative
  • Utilizes a System on Module (SoM) with a 120 MHz 32 bit ARM Cortex M3 processor running .NET Micro Framework, which lets you program from Microsoft‘s Visual Studio using C# or Visual Basic
  • Optional Touchscreens available
  • Dimensions: 6” x 3.75”
Personnel Tracking

IoT Tech 500

The IoT Tech 500 platform has optional tethered touchscreens available, ethernet connectivity and wireless interface. They can be used for a variety of applications.
  • Update existing technologies with real-time clock with battery backup, isolated user selectable I/O, USBhost, Ethernet, USB device, serial communications ports
  • Our high power controller is a cost effective PLC alternative
  • Utilizes a System on Module (SoM) with a 400 MHz 32 Bit ARM 9 processor running .NET Micro Framework, which facilitates Microsoft‘s Visual Studio programming using C# or Visual Basic
  • Optional Tethered Touchscreens available
  • Dimensions: 9” x 4.5”