Embedded technology product and system provider Eurotech announced last week its contributions to the new machine to machine (M2M) applications container Eclipse Kura.
A founding member of the Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group, Eurotech is providing the Kura project with technology that will allow it to run on a range of devices that include mobile computers and wearable devices to devices as small as Raspberry Pi. But what exactly is Kura?
Kura seeks to provide IoT developers with a platform that can handle the bringing together of thousands of machine devices. It will, the Eurotech announcement states, “live at the boundary between the private device network and the local network, public Internet or cellular network, providing a manageable and intelligent gateway for that boundary capable of running applications that can harvest locally gathered information and deliver it reliably to the cloud.”
Kura is Java-based, and users can install the platform on Linux devices to create a remotely-manageable system. Basically, once it is installed, the platform will allow users access to a complete list of core service applications and a hardware abstraction layer that provides a gateway to the hardware on which users choose to install the platform.
Eurotech's will provide developers with those core service applications such as those that manage input/output access, data services, remote management, and network configuration. Applications come as Open Services Gateway (News - Alert) initiative containers that users can deploy as bundles. Once deployed, users can handle a container's configuration -- as well as other OSGi services such as DHCP, DNS, firewall, routing, and WiFi (News - Alert) -- with a snapshot service. Devices can speak to each other through Java networking capabilities, and developers can create their own Web-based front end to create a central dashboard for application configuration.
Until now, connecting large numbers of devices in virtual space can be a bit of a chore. For the IoT to continue to grow, however, connecting devices will need to become easier for developer and end users alike. In his company's announcement, Marco Carrer, vice president of software engineering at Eurotech, spoke to this point.
“We continue to collaborate and invest in making M2M projects easier for organizations to deploy, and sharing our expertise in the Eclipse open standards community is part of our strategy,” Carrer said.
Infonetics (News - Alert) research reported recently that it expects the number of M2M WAN connections to triple by 2018. Businesses will use the IoT to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals, and service providers will undoubtedly help such businesses reach their respective goals. Projects like Kura are what can make the lives easier of all such businesses and providers involved.