RS Components launches Internet of Things (IoT) themed area via DesignSpark

OXFORD, UK, Sept. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) themed area via its online DesignSpark community, providing software design tools and resources ideal for rapid prototyping and product development. Hosted under Design Centres, the IoT page includes the latest blogs and a series of articles written by partners, DesignSpark community members and leading Industry experts, acting as a knowledge base to aid engineers designing IoT-enabled applications.

The new Design Centre includes an introduction to the IoT by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino of Designswarm, ranked second by Onanalytica in the 2014 top 100 list of the IoT thought leaders. Further featured articles in the Design Centre focus on a detailed break-down of the IoT and a look at how it all started, where it's heading and why we need it, exploring how "Things" connect from hardware to applications, network infrastructure, and security of data.

"By 2020, it has been predicted that there could be as many as 26 billion devices connected to the Internet, each with its own unique ID," said Pete Wood, DesignSpark community manager at RS Components. "Together these connected devices create the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing us to control and monitor remote devices via the Internet. As a community that has been at the forefront of providing updated information on the latest industry trends, the IoT Design Centre at DesignSpark aims to set the wheels in motion for discussions around best practice and recommendations for products suitable for use in IoT applications."

RS will be streaming a free live webinar – The Internet of Things, living and working smarter – in collaboration with Electronics World on Friday 26 September between 10:00 – 11:00 (BST). On behalf of RS, the speaker, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, will be talking about the reality of connected devices designed to enhance our lives by living and working smarter. For further information about the webinar, and to register for free, click here. Those unable to join the live session can register and listen to the presentation on demand for a limited period after the live event.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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