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RS Components agrees deal with Arduino for IOT2020 IoT gateway to target students and maker market I

RS Components agrees deal with Arduino for IOT2020 IoT gateway to target students and maker market I

Product News Monday, March 13, 2017: RS Components SA


RS Components agrees deal with Arduino for IOT2020 IoT gateway to target students and maker market

Innovative Siemens-manufactured Internet of Things gateway now available via the Arduino shop, enabling easy access to learning about the industrial IoT


Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 March, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced that has been appointed as official global reseller of the highly innovative SIMATIC IOT2020 IoT industrial gateway, which is manufactured by Siemens. RS, the sole supplier to the market for the SIMATIC IOT2020, has signed a contract with, enabling the company to market the industrial gateway product to its primary target audience of students, makers, geeks and young engineers, via the shop and other sources.


The IOT2020 is an open and flexible industrial IoT (Internet of Things) gateway that is designed for continuous industrial operation and can be used to retrieve, process, analyse and send data to almost any kind of device or network. Offering a variety of interfaces, including Ethernet, USB and micro SD, the product is compatible with open-source software including the Arduino IDE and Yocto Linux, to benefit from programming in high-level languages such as Java, C++ and JSON. The IOT2020 is also expandable with Arduino shields via an on-board PCIe port.


The device is also attractively priced, comes with industrial certifications and UL and CE approval, and is perfectly suited for educational purposes. It enables students to gain experience of practical industrial development and also allows start-ups and makers to develop ideas in an open way into professional applications and projects.


“RS has been a long-time partner for Arduino, as well as providing excellent support for the large community of developers working with Arduino hardware and software,” said Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino. “The new IOT2020 is an excellent complement to the range of products marketed by Arduino and provides a great way for young engineers to get started and become immersed in the industrial IoT.”


“While the RS focus is primarily on business-to-business customers, Arduino is the perfect partner for RS to target individual consumers such as students or small engineering and design collectives such as those in the maker community,” said Paolo Carnovale, Head of Product Marketing - Industrial Division at RS. “Arduino has the global reputation and the right kind of reach to deliver ‘learning’ products and technology to these markets.”





About RS Components


RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development. 


With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.


RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process.  The RS catalogue, available at, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications.  Free access to thousands of datasheets ensures the correct product choice.  Order placement is easily facilitated through, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter.  Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days.  


It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases.  Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions. 

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