The element14 roadtests are a great way to learn new things. Whenever I see a test that interests me, I enroll.

Success is not guaranteed. I've been selected for some, not for others. In this series I'll explain how I decide to enroll or not.

I'll also show how I build my case, including some examples from my applications.


I'm selected for this one.


It's a true industrial device. Rugged. Certified for use in production areas and trains.

I had a number of reasons to submit for this kit. And </spoiler alert> it turned out to be a great learning and testing opportunity.


This is the technical part of my application for the Harting MICA Complete IIoT Starter Kit  Road Test


(c) How familiar are you with 'condition monitoring'?

I won the Industrial Design contest (organised by element14 competitor RS Components).

My design was focusing on preventive maintenance, condition monitoring, asset management, theft remediation assistance.

I used a competitor's linux based edge device for that, the Siemens IOT 20xx.

I gave two seminar talks on industrial design with IIOT and edge devices and SigFox in Denmark, for IoT & Wireless klubmøde.

My knowledge on industrial standards as ladder logic is rusty, but I'm current with modern industrial practices.

I understand functional safety and designing for safety.


(d) What is your testing procedure (Be as specific as you can)?

I attempt to make a design that collects machine data and integrates with an industry accepted cloud service. I haven't made up my mind whether I'll use SigFoX or an other network to contact that cloud service.

My preferred cloud service is AWS.

The machine will be a mock device that emulates events and conditions.


I plan to start with the hardware provided by HARTING, and review how the documentation and example help to get started with the kit.

I will then use Linux and C/C++ expertise to try and make custom applications for the kit.

Besides the road test report, I'll create blog posts to document my experience with the develop and debug experience.


I will not be able to test the IP67 implementation. I do not have access to that.





Related blog
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 1: yes or no
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 2: success and failure
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 3: Help Me
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 4: Case for Programmable Electronic Load
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 5: Case for Educational Switch Mode Converter Lab

How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 6: Case for CAN Analysis Tool

How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 7: Case for Some Other Road Tests
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 8: Case for Harting Mica Road Tests
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 9: Case for Renesas RX65N, Trinamic TMC2300, Infineon Block Chain, STM32H7B3I DISCOVERY KIT