The open and flexible Industrial IoT gateway, Arduino compatible,
for students, makers and young developers.

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Developed to meet the requirements of the new generation of engineers

  • No proprietary software required; freedom to decide the most appropriate programming language

  • Compatibility with the most popular development platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry PI

  • Easy to scale up existing Arduino and Raspberry PI projects to commercial applications by leveraging the UL/CE approval and the industrial design

  • Easy to interface with both open source and existing industrial hardware

  • Ready to be installed in electrical or automation panels

  • Attractive price point

Main applications:

  • Robotics
  • Domotic IoT applications
  • Remote monitoring and control
  • Smart factory

Discover IOT2020

The IOT2020 gateway is compatible with most Arduino sketches that can be uploaded directly from the Arduino IDE.
Many other programs can be compiled and/or run under Yocto Linux thanks to the  X1000 SOC (X86) controller.
Third-party hardware, such as PLCs and sensors from various different brands, can be integrated via Ethernet or Serial (USB adapter needed) by using open or industrial protocols like Modbus, Profinet, REST and MQTT.

The IOT2020 is compatible with most Arduino shields and various high level programming languages such as Java, C++ and Python or via a range of IDEs that includes Eclipse and Yocto Linux compilers. It is also expandable thanks to the on-board mPCIe port. Node-Red, MQTT and SQLITE3 can be used to connect and control local and remote peripherals.

What is SIMATIC IOT2020?

SIMATIC IOT2020, the open industrial IOT gateway aims to support students, makers, and young developers to get familiarized with the IIoT and scale up their prototypes developed with open source boards like Arduino, Intel Galileo or Raspberry PI.
IOT2020 is not a logic controller, it has been developed to be the brain of an IoT application by collecting data from PLCs, drives or sensors located everywhere in the world. In the case IOs are required users have on-board options by using the Arduino connectors or many of the existing Arduino shields.

Experts recommend the SIMATIC IOT2020 open industrial gateway for educational projects. View below video to find out why.

What does it mean that SIMATIC IOT2020 is an “Industrial hardware”? What is the difference with the regular development boards such as Arduino?

UL/CE certification is only one of the many requirements that make IOT2020 a suitable hardware for industrial applications. IOT2020 is developed with an industrial IP20 housing that allows a secure installation within machineries and electrical panels and an easy connection with other DIN rail industrial devices such as PLCs, power supplies, relays or inverter drives.

Moreover, IOT2020 is built with industrial grade components for continuous operation in industrial environments with vibrations, dust, high temperatures and electromagnetic interferences.

Regarding communication protocols, IOT2020 can communicate with other industrial hardware by using secure industrial protocols such as Modbus, PROFINET and MQTT.

The typical open source development boards are usually not developed for continuous operation in an industrial environment and are not designed to be easily interfaced with other industrial devices.

IO shield assembled
With an Arduino compatible input/output module specifically designed for IOT2000 it is possible to add digital and anlogue inputs and outputs to the IOT2020. This allows to directly connect local sensors to the IoT gateway and trigger uncritical processes. The board is designed for industrial operation and used with IOT2020 it helps the user to maintain the CE and UL certificates of the assembled unit. The shield is programmable in high-level languages and addressable via GPIOs.

Find out more about the SIMATIC IOT2000 IO shield here

Why do students and makers need an industrial grade and certified hardware?

An industrial grade and certified hardware is mandatory for the students who want to integrate their IOT projects into an existing industrial system (e.g. prototype a new remote monitoring system to control an existing industrial robot arm). Students can start prototyping at the desk with Arduino boards as usual and then simply transfer the code - and the Arduino shields, if needed - into the IOT2020 to complete the integration to an existing industrial system.

Makers and start-ups can use IOT2020 to scale up their IoT prototypes to commercial applications by leveraging its industrial certifications and by simply migrating the vast majority of the code, developed for the Arduino based boards during the prototyping phase, into it.

IOT2020 technical specifications

CPU Technology

Intel Quark x1000 (x86 400 MHz)

System memory


Battery buffered RTC


Communication interfaces

1x 10/100 Ethernet RJ45

Media interfaces

USB Host & Client


mPCIe + Arduino shields + USB

On board I/O

Arduino Uno pins

Mass storage

With microSD card


Arduino IDE / Yocto Linux / Intel Studio / Eclipse

Embedded Features


Power supply

9..36 V

Operating temperature

0 - 50°C


Industry-Standards (UL, CE,..)

Programming Various options for programming in high-level languages like C++ and Json
Industrial comm. protocols

Modbus and Profinet


DIN rail, panel or wall mounted

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The RS IOT2020 event at the Maker faire in Rome with Massimo Banzi and Siemens

Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, said: “Each year at Maker Faire Rome we tell the story of how the world is changing and the new directions where technology is going. This year more than ever this transformation is affecting companies because of the implementation of what is known as Industry 4.0. The Industrial Internet of Things will enable companies to be more effective and more competitive while being more sustainable. Governments are investing a lot of money into plans to modernise industry. These plans usually are tailored for big companies but in countries like Italy small and medium companies are the backbone of the economy. They are often made of makers who find very creative solutions to innovate on a tight budget with small teams. At Maker Faire we see a lot of examples of this ingenuity and this is the perfect location where to launch the new IOT2020 from Siemens and RS. This small computer is the building block that will enable students and engineers to implement the Industrial Internet of Things and participate in the Industry 4.0 revolution. Leveraging the power of open source software and the ability to be programmed using the Arduino(r) IDE is going to enable a lot of people to innovate, not just the companies that can afford large teams of highly skilled developers.
Siemens is the biggest name in industrial computing and their decision to launch IOT2020 is a strong signal that innovation needs to be democratised in order to benefit as many people as possible. I’m very excited to be part of this project and I can’t wait to see how people are going to change the way they work thanks to this new product”.

Getting familiar with IOT2020

IOT2020 tech HUB in DesignSpark

The DesignSpark IOT2020 tech HUB is the right place to find user-generated valuable content such as examples of projects, code and 'how to" videos.
It is the home of all the markers, students and young engineers around the world that want to develop disruptive IIoT applications with the IOT2020.