Entrepreneur and Enterprise editions provide out-of-the-box Pi-based solutions for both makers and industrial applications

Feb. 23, 2016 -- LAS VEGAS & NUREMBERG, Germany -- Global electronics distributor and online community element14 is launching two cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits that tap into technologies from EnOcean and IBM. Both Entrepreneur and Enterprise editions feature micro-computer boards from element14 and energy harvesting wireless sensors from EnOcean, and provide seamless integration to IBM's Watson IoT Platform. The new kits are officially launching both at IBM Interconnect 2016 in Las Vegas and Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg.

Using the popular Raspberry Pi single board computer, these out-of-the-box, IoT-ready starter kits are flexible and cost-effective gateways to developing intelligent building products for hospitals, homes, airports and other venues on the way to a seamlessly connected IoT. The Entrepreneur kit is more technical in nature, for 'makers,' engineers and start-ups, while the Enterprise model caters to facilities mangers, property owners and property management companies.

"In our increasingly digital world element14 is committed to pushing the boundaries of today's electronics landscape, and the Entrepreneur kit and Enterprise solution are confident steps in the right direction," said David Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer, Premier Farnell. "By joining with EnOcean and IBM, we hope to enhance and broaden today's IoT landscape and lay a sound framework that inspires future innovations."

The Entrepreneur solution includes EnOcean self-powered sensors, a Raspberry Pi and EnOcean Pi boards from element14, and provides access to the IBM Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services from IBM. The Enterprise model includes EnOcean OEM self-powered sensors and EnOcean Gateway from element14, as well as access to software and services from IBM including IBM's Watson IoT Platform and IBM TRIRIGA facilities management software.

"The possibilities of the Internet of Things are huge and will take intelligent buildings to the next level of energy-efficiency, security and comfort," said Andreas Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer, EnOcean GmbH. "We are combining field-proven energy harvesting wireless sensors with the IBM Watson IoT Platform for a smart, cloud-based solution that provides new forms of automation. It's great that element14 is opening these capabilities to developers and companies with two customized kits for an easy start into the world of the self-powered IoT."

EnOcean's energy harvesting wireless technology provides self-powered, wireless sensors to capture and transmit data across an increasingly connected IoT network. They use miniaturized energy converters, which gain energy from motion, light and temperature of the surrounding environment, allowing the sensors to work without batteries, and are maintenance-free. The converters, together with wireless modules, comprehensive energy management and ultra-low power radio communication offer OEMs a complete energy harvesting platform.

The IBM Watson IoT Platform allows organizations to securely and easily connect devices, from chips and intelligent appliances to applications and industry solutions. Scaling through cloud-based services and using rich analytics, the IBM Watson IoT Platform provides organizations with new insight for innovation and transformation. IBM TRIRIGA provides a single system to manage the lifecycle of facilities. Its integrated workplace management system increases the operational, financial and environmental performance of facilities.

Both products are expected to be available early April, from Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe and element14 in Asia-Pacific. Engineers and buyers can access a wide range of technical information, tools and resources regarding the kits on element14's Community and Design Center.

To learn more about the collaboration between element14, IBM and EnOcean, please visit element14.com.

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About the Premier Farnell Group

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Trading as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 across Asia Pacific, it had sales last year of 960m, the Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,000 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers' needs.

Premier Farnell works to bring to market development kits in a variety of applications, enabling it to support the customer from design concept through to production.

The latest products, software, services and solutions from trusted supplier partners are all available through 43 local language transactional websites. The element14 Community allows buyers and engineers to access a wide range of independent technical information, tools and the latest resources and the Design Center enables design engineers to compare kits from the world's greatest range of development tools.

For news updates from Premier Farnell and element14 visit: Premier Farnell News Centre -- http://www.premierfarnell.com/media-centre Twitter -- @element14 YouTube -- element14 Facebook -- facebook.com/element14page Email: pressoffice@premierfarnell.com

Premier Farnell Key facts Operations in 38 different countries More than 4,500 employees More than 3,000 leading suppliers More than 600,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand * Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

For more information visit the website at Premier Farnell.

About EnOcean EnOcean is the originator of patented energy harvesting wireless technology. Headquartered in Oberhaching, near Munich, the company manufactures and markets energy harvesting wireless modules for self-powered Internet of Things applications in the field of building and industrial automation, smart home and LED lighting control. EnOcean technology combines miniaturized energy converters with ultra-low-power electronics and robust RF communication using various standards. For more than 10 years, leading product manufacturers have chosen wireless modules from EnOcean to enable their system ideas. EnOcean is a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of companies from the world's building sector that has set itself the aim of creating innovative solutions for sustainable buildings. Self-powered wireless technology from EnOcean has been successfully deployed in several hundreds of thousands buildings worldwide. For more information visit www.enocean.com

About IBM For more information about IBM Watson IoT, please visit http://www.ibm.com/IoT or following @IBMIoT on Twitter.

element14 (Europe): Holly Smart PR Manager, Europe and Global Tel: +44 113 3485188 Email: hsmart@premierfarnell.com

element14 (APAC):
Christina Loh PR Manager, APAC Tel: + 65 6671 8769 Email: cloh@element14.com

element14 (Global PR Agency): Darren Willsher/Andrew Hill Wildfire PR Tel: +44 208 408 8000 Email: element14@wildfirepr.com

element14 (North American PR Agency): Payal Shukla Walker Sands Communications Tel: +1 (312) 648-6006 Email: newarkelement14@walkersands.com

EnOcean: Angelika Dester EnOcean GmbH Tel: +49.89.67 34 689-57 Email: angelika.dester@enocean.com