Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced that it has completed compatibility verification of the MCU embedded Bluetooth® Module (MBN52832) with VitaNet Suite, the secure IoT platform that VitaNet, Inc. will begin offering in July 2020.

The industrial IoT, also known as Industry 4.0, has been grappling with the challenge of dramatically improving productivity. In the post COVID-19 world more than ever, cloud-based remote and secure control over industrial IoT without the need for a highly trained workforce has become a must. However, the need for manual work in order to securely operate the industrial IoT has been a persistent problem. VitaNet Suite provides a breakthrough in this regard by allowing IP network cloud control over non-IP Bluetooth® IoT devices.

In addition to drawing on Murata's module design expertise to achieve miniaturization, the Murata Module is now compliant with VitaNet Suite. Incorporating the Murata Module and VitaNet Suite into Bluetooth® Low Energy IoT devices, we have achieved the world's first automated identification and authentication (for automated device pairing), thereby enabling secure and remote IoT device control including remote alive monitoring and automated data collection. Attaching a QR code that contains device information on pumps, motors, and other industrial components eliminates the need for the LCD panel and operation buttons previously required for Bluetooth® operation and management. The Murata Module makes the conversion of industrial components into secure IoT devices more cost effective than ever.

VitaNet Suite is a platform service consisting of middleware that runs on each gateway and IoT device together with protocol conversion support from the cloud. VitaNet's patented technology converts protocols between IP networks and non-IP Bluetooth®, making possible the connection of hundreds of IoT devices with secure two-way encrypted communication via a single gateway for the first time ever. There is no theoretical limit to the number of IoT devices that a gateway can accommodate.

VitaNet-equipped IoT devices do not emit any radio signals during standby, which ensures privacy and prevents congestion in the 2.4GHz band. In addition, VitaNet equipped IoT devices support smartphone applications as before with improved UX design.

VitaNet Suite SDK is compliant with the Bluetooth® standards and utilizes Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) Security Mode 1 Level 4 which is difficult to verify and tends to increase development time and cost. The SDK features an easy-to-understand API that follows the programming flow to make it easy to develop applications for the product and the gateway.

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