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15 December 2014, London, Farnell element14 has announced that it will be profiling the ACKme Networks product portfolio of compact, pre-certified, ultra-low power wireless modules for the embedded “IoT” market space.

ACKme Network’s modules, test boards, software framework, and cloud services accelerate design time-to-market and greatly reduces risk in security, certification, and compatibility.

Engineers and developers can transform their products into connected devices using ACKme’s complete Silicon-to-Cloud™ connectivity solutions.


Above: ACKme's Mantis Development board for Shield Enthusiasts


ACKme’s SDConnect™ is an IoT software framework that vastly reduces time-to-market and eliminates expensive development costs through the use of a simple to use SDCommand Set API.  WiConnect™ also includes highly secure over-the-air firmware updates, on-board file systems, wireless services, network services, cloud services, failsafe boot-loading, TLS security and peripheral management.

The final solution in the portfolio includes both production cloud OEM services for devices through and free cloud prototyping services at (gHm).  All ACKme modules are gHm and ready allowing customers to create cloud based sensor and control applications quickly.

“The ACKme portfolio accelerates the time to market complimenting Farnell element14’s strategy to help in reducing product design cycles.  Following the successful cloud and IoT focussed webinar earlier this year we decided to add the ACKme Network products to our portfolio.” said Richard Curtin, Global Director of Strategic Alliance, element14

“Farnell element14 has a loyal following of individuals from pure hobbyists to engineers alike, all looking for strong technical solutions”, commented ACKme’s Nick Dutton, VP for Business Development, “Farnell element14’s customer recognition of ACKme’s hardware, firmware and cloud solutions are an enormous compliment.”

ACKme Network’s products are available from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific with same day dispatch and next day delivery available. Data sheets and application notes can be found on the product pages together with a range of associated accessories, and 24/5 live tech support is available for any queries. The new development kit is the latest in element14’s diverse variety of solutions ranging from starter kits to complete development boards, including the newest releases and exclusive bundles from the greatest range of development kits available globally from one single source.


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. It trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 across Asia Pacific. With sales last year of £968m, the Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

Premier Farnell works with key strategic suppliers 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, with customer support provided by degreed engineers. The element14 Community allows buyers and engineers to access a wide range of independent technical information, tools and the latest resources.

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Premier Farnell Key facts

  • Operations in 36 different countries
  • More than 4,300 employees
  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers
  • More than 500,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

·        Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

A fun new project for you Arduino enthusiasts!


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The code, a block diagram and a photo are posted below. enjoy!



This demo is a wireless display that can be updated remotely using a web browser on your phone, tablet or PC connected to




After the Mackerel board has been setup with, the app connects to via Wi-Fi and retrieves messages and control information such as:

  • Text rotation
  • Text Blink
  • Display Brightness
  • Display On/Off



Download link:





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