Particle vs. Arduino

Arduino is a popular platform that allows makers and developers to quickly and easily build prototypes of IoT products, but it's not as equipped for enterprise use cases. Particle not only makes prototyping easy, it's also a powerful production solution.

A Full-Stack, Supply Secure Alternative to Arduino

Arduino is a popular platform and ecosystem of inexpensive open-source hardware and tools that make the idea-to-prototype journey fast and simple. Many developers have fond memories of learning to build on Arduino, and there’s a global community of builders.

Much of what makes Arduino great for prototyping and idea validation makes it less equipped for building enterprise-grade products. Here are some ways Particle better serves enterprise use cases.

  • Supply chain predictability. There are no SLAs for long-term product availability with Arduino. Particle offers a Supply Secure hardware portfolio that guarantees hardware availability for enterprise customers.
  • Security. Arduino runs common, general purpose operating systems. If it’s not carefully managed, it leaves a large attack surface for bad actors to exploit. Particle offers a smaller and more focused MCU that runs a secure embedded IoT operating system, Particle Device OS, so you don’t have to worry about open ports or exposed data. The Arduino community has plenty of suggestions and ideas for developers to implement their own ‘do-it-yourself’ security methods, while Particle offers a self-contained, end-to-end approach that begins in the factory and continues all the way to the Particle Cloud.
  • A fully integrated IoT PaaS. Arduino offers hardware and a development platform, but doesn’t include connectivity management, cloud, or over-the-air update services. Particle’s IoT Platform-as-a-Service integrates all of those functions and gives you access to them as soon as you turn your devices on.

Particle vs. Arduino - A Comparison

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Why Choose Particle IoT Platform-as-a-Service?

Particle unblocks enterprises and startups that want to build connected products but don’t have the resources or time to wrangle an entire stack of technologies and make them “talk to each other.”

  • A Fully Integrated Platform-as-a-Service

    Particle makes IoT software, connectivity, and hardware work together seamlessly in one PaaS, so you can connect your products without worrying about security, scalability, or connectivity issues.

  • Standardized, Yet Customizable Devices and Software

    All Particle devices are standardized so they work as soon as you turn them on, making it easy to start validating your idea faster. They’re also extensible so they can fit into your requirements, not the other way around.

  • Trusted by Over 270,000 Developers Around the World

    Particle’s easy-to-use API-driven environment, SDKs and extensive documentation help your team ship faster than ever.

  • The Only IoT PaaS With Embedded Over-the-Air Updates

    Particle makes it easy to update and innovate on your products, even when they’re in the field. It includes everything you need to reliably and securely update your firmware comes pre-integrated. Particle customers push over 100,000 OTA updates a month, and the majority finish in less than 30 seconds.

  • Secure at Every Layer

    All the data that flows from your devices to your cloud and back is protected with industry-leading security. Protect your customers’ and business’ data confidently.

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"If we had gone with Arduino instead of Particle, I would have to write the over-the-air update functionality myself, manage the compatibility of Arduino code, and deal directly with cellular providers for connectivity."
Caleb Atchley
CTO at WellCaddie

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