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Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:32

Particle Releases Hardware Platform for Cellular IoT

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Particle announced the release of the E Series all-in-one cellular IoT hardware platform with out-of-box Cloud connectivity and global SIM support. The new platform vastly reduces the cost and complexity of deploying cellular-connected IoT solutions.

Particle’s E Series modules include all the critical hardware components required to build and deliver an IoT product. Existing E Series module variants connect to the Internet over 2G and 3G with future LTE M1/NB1 enabled variants available in early 2018. All E Series modules come bundled with Particle’s development tools, open-source firmware stack, and Cloud services to decrease the cost and risk of developing IoT solutions. The E Series also includes global connectivity via Particle’s MVNO service that enables them to work worldwide; for any company, anywhere.

“Nearly 80% of new IoT initiatives will never reach market, and the biggest reason is the complexity of integrating low-level embedded electronics with cellular connectivity, a global SIM, IoT messaging platform, and device management solution,” said Will Hart, GM of Prototyping at Particle. “These are hairy hardware-software integration challenges that every single IoT product creator will run into, but that no one else in the industry has an elegant solution for. Particle’s E Series was designed with these 80% of failed initiatives in mind and represents the fastest, cheapest, and lowest risk path to market for new cellular-connected IoT products.”

Particle’s E Series modules were designed for rapid adoption and support industrial deployments with:

  • Single-sided, surface mountable hardware designs
  • SMT-friendly tray packaging
  • FCC, CE, IC, RoHS, GCF, and PTCRB End Product certifications
  • Embedded SIM card and extended temperature operating range for deployment in a wide variety of environments
  • Hardware and firmware compatible with Particle development tools to simplify design for manufacturing and reduce time to market


Embedded in Particle’s E Series is the u-blox SARA cellular module. "Particle's E-series greatly helps facilitating a short time to market for industrial customers,” according to Suresh Ram, President of u-blox Americas. "Designs can be made and tested with existing 2G and 3G technologies and seamlessly moved to certified Cat M1 technology,” Ram said. “We are pleased Particle chose u-blox as the cellular module provider, allowing for a scalable global solution.”

During their design, E Series modules were released to a variety of customers for early evaluation. “Particle’s E Series is a step forward for Industrial IoT applications. It’s designed with manufacturing and ease-of-integration in mind. This product is superb for producing cellular IoT products at scale,” according to Justin Grammens, co-founder Lab 651.

Particle announced it has secured $20 Million in Series B funding to bring its world-class IoT solutions to Enterprise companies. The round was led by Spark Capital, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures and Particle’s previous investors.

Founded in 2012 by Zach Supalla, CEO and Zachary Crockett, CTO, Particle has become the most widely-used IoT platform, with more than 100,000 people and companies developing IoT products. As the market has matured, Particle's focus has shifted to Enterprise IoT, delivering significant value through connectivity.

“While the media’s IoT focus has been primarily on consumer electronics, wearables, and ‘smart home’, we’ve learned from our customers that the future of IoT is within the enterprise market,” said Zach Supalla, CEO at Particle. “Our customers often deliver meaningful business value right out of the gate when they connect their physical assets and start collecting data.”

Particle’s “full-stack” IoT platform includes everything a company needs to connect their devices to the web, including Wi-Fi and cellular modules, IoT SIM cards and data plans, a secure and reliable IoT cloud, and SDKs for building mobile and web applications for IoT products. This full-stack approach makes it dramatically faster and easier to bring an IoT product to market.

As Enterprise IoT grows in tandem with cellular IoT, their applications require an always-on, reliable cellular connected network. According to Machina Research, “Cellular connections will grow from 334 million at the end of 2015 to 2.2 billion by 2025.”

Particle cellular connectivity has been deployed in a wide variety of industrial and municipal IoT applications, such as in gas stations, on oil rigs, in stormwater drains, and in manufacturing equipment. 50% of S&P 500 companies are using Particle to develop IoT solutions, including 90% of S&P IT companies and 59% of S&P Industrials.

"Zach and the team at Particle had a very smart insight early on—many enterprise IoT initiatives fail in the difficulty of execution: it's hard to get devices online reliably. We were really impressed with the company's decision to focus on a vertically integrated full-stack platform to get enterprise IoT products connected, while the rest of the industry focused on cloud-only platforms," said Andrew Parker, General Partner at Spark Capital. "Particle built a solution that takes a complex problem and solves it with an easy to use, consumer-like product execution. We couldn't be more excited to partner with this team as they continue to execute on their vision."

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