WICED By Broadcom Expands The Automated Lifestyle


Expanding Home Automation And The Internet Of Things With WICED

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at an alarming rate. In fact, according to Gartner, the IoT will be worth approximately $309 billion by 2020. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that most companies are trying to create their very own IoT-enabled devices; anything from smart refrigerators to toilets that remember your desired settings is possible. With so much coming onto the market, adjusting to the accelerated growth and integrating your devices to be managed with only one application, seems impossible. Enter WICED, Broadcom’s solution to fill the holes in the IoT. Standing for Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices, the WICED Sense Development Kit is a small sensor-packed device that can be used by developers as a cheap and fast way to develop their product. This development would allow more products to go on the market with the same wireless technology, meaning that more devices could be compatible in the near future. “With WICED we’re providing the tools and technology that lower barriers to creating new products and getting more people and companies excited about the possibilities for a wide range of connected devices,” said Russ Castronovo, Director of Public Relations at Broadcom.

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The Specs

WICED’s features include:
  • Motion sensing gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Altimeter
  • Electric compass
  • Humidity sensor
  • Temperature sensor
The device is not much larger than a key fob, but packs a punch. WICED enables systems using WiFi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low Energy. It can be used for:
  • Home appliances
  • Home monitoring and control
  • Cloud applications
  • Devices without a direct means for connectivity
  • Health and fitness
  • Automation and logistics
  • Smart meters and energy
  • Digital cameras and imaging devices
  • Smart meters and energy managers
  • Other consumer devices, like toys, shoe sensors, etc.
One such device is iGrill, a device that Castronovo is very partial to. “Knowing the temperature of the items on the grill on my mobile phone when I’m finishing cooking inside is just so cool to me,” said Castronovo of iGrill. The prototype kit, which can be used by virtually any IoT developers, includes Broadcam’s Bluetooth Smart chip, a Bluetooth compatible software stack, and five micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). All of this is fully integrated in WICED. WICED is essentially the go-to testing platform for IoT developers.

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Speeding Up Development

With this new device on the market, the IoT is sure to grow at an even more alarming rate than it has been. WICED will increase competition as small companies can purchase WICED and grow at a similar rate of a national competitor. “With hundreds of new ideas for applications and devices for the Internet of Things being hatched daily, it is critical that developers can quickly test their concepts and bring them to market ahead of the competition,” Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom’s Senior Director for Embedded Wireless, Wireless Connectivity, said. “Broadcom's WICED Sense development kit provides an easy-to-use, low-cost and complete testing package for OEMs and start-ups alike to continue pushing the limits on technology innovation.” With this new innovation, the IoT will surely grow at a pace we could hardly imagine. Though progress is positive, developers need to keep in mind the security of their products. Speed is not as helpful for cyber security as it is for development. Before purchasing a home automation device, look up reviews online and make sure the device is as secure as it possibly could be. Otherwise, you might realize too late that the device made to make your home safer actually puts you at a bigger risk.
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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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