Consortia vie for Internet of Things

Consortia vie for Internet of Things

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By eeNews Europe

LogMeIn subsidiary Xively has teamed up with Linear Technology to interface the ARM Coretex-M3-based Silicon Dust controllers to the Internet, while Freescale Semiconductor has teamed up with Oracle and ARM to do the same with gateways and individual sensors running Java.

Xively claims to be the creator of the first public cloud platform for the commercial Internet of Things (IoT) and is integrating Linear’s ARM-based Dust Networks SmartMesh IP wireless sensor networking Starter Kit with Xively Cloud Services. This supports developers and OEMs with an end-to-end IoT solution from initial prototyping and validation through wide-scale commercial deployment and management.

“Developers who use the SmartMesh IP Starter Kit with Xively’s IoT platform will get a cloud-enabled wireless sensor network with carrier-class reliability and ultra-low power consumption out-of-the-box, speeding time-to-pilot and reducing overall application development time,” said Ross Yu, Product Marketing Manager for Linear Technology’s Dust Networks. “By partnering with Dust Networks, we’re making it easy for connected devices to be deployed anywhere data can be gleaned. Now, product builders and OEMs can leverage the Internet of Things for everything from smart parking and commercial building energy management to utility-scale solar plants and structural monitoring of bridges, tunnels and mines—and focus their time on their innovation instead of infrastructure,” said Mario Finocchiaro, Director of Business Development at Xively.

The SmartMesh IP wireless sensor network is based on the 6LoWPAN and 802.15.4e standards and delivers >99.999% data reliability and >10 year battery life, making it practical to deploy wireless sensor networks in the most challenging environments. The DC9000 Starter Kit now includes sample application code that allows a registered Xively user to simply connect the DC9000 kit to a web-connected computer, enabling the SmartMesh IP network to automatically be registered as a Xively “product,” and the nodes and sensors to securely send data to the user’s Xively cloud as “devices” via the mesh gateway.

Working with ARM and Oracle, Freescale has established a secured service platform that will help standardise and consolidate the delivery and management of IoT services for a range of vertical markets. Freescale’s “one box” platform combines end-to-end software with converged hierarchical smart gateways to establish a common, open framework for secured IoT service delivery and management. The platform was unveiled and demonstrated last month at JavaOne San Francisco 2013, and featured support for home automation and smart energy applications.

Freescale is also working with ARM and Oracle on a ‘one box’ platform for both IoT and telehealth applications.

“The IoT is all about enabling and accelerating innovative new services, and we are encouraging smaller players to thrive and innovate, from both the service provisioning and edge node perspectives,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s microcontrollers business. “Freescale, ARM and Oracle offer comprehensive, complementary technologies that work together seamlessly and serve as foundational building blocks for a secure IoT service delivery infrastructure.”

Based on Freescale’s Kinetis microcontrollers, i.MX applications processors or QorIQ communications processors, the one box platform runs Oracle’s Java software and incorporates ARM’s Sensinode software, which securely connects large numbers of low-power edge node devices using standards-based technologies such as 6LoWPAN, CoAP and OMA Lightweight M2M. These Freescale, ARM and Oracle technologies work together to provide a secure, end-to-end IoT gateway platform that speeds and simplifies the deployment of a vast array of innovative IoT services.

"The one box platform is an impressive example of how the Internet of Things is being brought to life by ARM and its partners,” said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, System Design Division, ARM. “We are delighted to be collaborating with our partners Freescale and Oracle to help the IoT to become a reality. The one box platform gives developers the open standards they need to kick-start the IoT revolution and create the next exciting generation of energy efficient and intelligent technology.”

“The Internet of Things is an exciting opportunity that will only be fully realized if we can create an open, cross-industry platform to help customers decrease time to market, manage costs and securely deliver new capabilities for embedded devices,” said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. "We are excited to be working with Freescale and ARM to address this challenge by delivering a standards-based, secure service platform, built on Java and mbed, so we can enable the market to take full and rapid advantage of the new business opportunities presented by the Internet of Things."

In addition to evolving IoT gateways, Freescale, ARM and Oracle are also working to streamline the development of innovative IoT edge node products under the ARM mbed project. The companies plan to evolve the native hardware abstraction layer (HAL) ARM mbed provides to allow Oracle Java ME Embedded software to run seamlessly on ARM-based Freescale Kinetis microcontrollers. Enabling the secure, proven and widely adopted Java framework to operate on Kinetis MCUs will establish a dramatic expansion of processing platform choices and end-product form factors.

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