Arrow Electronics to Bring Arrow Connect to LIGHTFAIR

By Logan Wamsley

Arrow Electronics, Inc. is planning to “light up” the 29th annual LIGHTFAIR International Expo.

Scheduled to begin on May 8th, 2018 at Chicago’s McCormick Place — the largest convention center in North America — the LIGHTFAIR International Expo self-describes as “the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.”

As a proud show sponsor and one of 528 confirmed exhibitors, Arrow will use its preeminent position to highlight their innovative Arrow Connect platform, which will play a vital role in their trailblazing Internet of things (IoT) strategy for years to come.

This platform not only has the ability to interconnect sensors and lights to a single centralized interface, but also has the potential to be implemented between intelligent devices and system components from the various manufacturers and industries that make up the “smart city” concept.

Aiden Mitchell, vice president of semiconductor marketing at Arrow, addressed this goal in a recent statement to Business Wire. “One of the biggest impediments in this exciting market,” he says, “is the cost and complexity of weaving together the various pieces of the IoT, each with its own unique and often complicated development environments and data structure.”

Arrow intends to tackle this challenge head-on with Arrow Connect — and its potential as it relates to the manufacturing industry appears to be boundless.

“Arrow Connect follows a middleware approach that supports two-way communications,” writes industry analyst Dave Michaels of Network World. “It can connect things to things or systems, or Arrow Connect can simply be used as an IoT data repository. Connect also has programmatic logic that can be used to trigger events based on data…For example, a motion alert from generic motion sensors could trigger lighting, text notifications and other systems.”

In addition to being global provider of products, services and solutions for industrial and commercial users of electronic components, Arrow is also, according to its website, “a leading global supplier of electronics for solid state lighting (SSL) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications with decades of experience partnering with lighting manufacturers and other organizations in designing and building lighting components, assemblies and fixtures.”

For more information about this valued Partstat uploader, Arrow Connect, and their ongoing IoT strategy, please feel free to pay them a visit at Booth #214 in the IoT Pavilion.