Evaluation board accelerates IoT sensor system development, says Omron

Sensor systems for the IoT can be fast tracked, says Omron Electronic Components Europe, as it launches a sensor evaluation board. The 2JCIE-EV01 board accelerates the development of a proof of concept prototype hosted on Raspberry Pi, Arduino or Adafruit Feather.

The board is 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 sensor evaluation board’s sensors 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/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 program on GitHub.

Gabriele Fulco, European product marketing manager at Omron Electronic Components Europe said: “The IoT is leading to extremely fast growth in the sensor market: Yole is forecasting a CAGR of 18.2%. . . . Omron is . . . 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 evaluation board’s internal sensor is based on Omron’s 2JCIE-BL01 USB environmental sensor module. The board features 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 variants of the 2JCIE-EV01 sensor evaluation board depending on whether customers want to host their prototype on Raspberry Pi, Arduino or Adafruit Feather.

Omron Electronic Components Europe supplies electromechanical PCB relays, micro switches, MOSFET relays, DIP switches, photo micro sensors and connectors. Omron’s portfolio of technologies includes MEMS-based pressure, flow and thermal measurement sensors, human face and gesture recognition modules, vibration and tilt sensors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe supports its customers with eight regional offices, a network of local offices and partnerships with specialist, local, regional and global distributors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe is a subsidiary of the Omron Corporation, which produces electrical and electronic control equipment and component products.


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