In a FogComputingWorld article written earlier this year regarding the issue of flexibility and growth of M2M, Robert Elliot "Bob" Kahn, who along with Vint Cerf is responsible for inventing the Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol, is quoted saying, “Most people tend to think of the Internet as a network — I don't. To me, the Internet is a set of protocols and procedures for connecting lots of different components. It has scaled by a factor of a million over its lifetime. There is no other technical invention that I can think of that has had that much scalability.”
The latter part of his statement is very true, but that scalability is going to be minuscule when tens of billions of devices become part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. With so many connected devices generating data 24/7, intelligent services will be as important, if not more so in some instances, as any other component of the IoT.
MachineShop, a company that brands itself as a provider of the on-ramp to the Internet of Services where trillions of transactions will occur between billions of physical things and their interactions with other systems, applications and people, has announced the release of the latest version of its middleware, which will allow OEMs and network providers to carry out sophisticated data and business intelligence services at the edge of the network.
Users will be able to deploy this platform and integrate it into gateways or other hardware solutions delivering a wide range of services. It will give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other developers a platform to run software on intelligent devices and gateways, supporting networks and closed environments with limited or no access to wide area networks (WAN) and the Internet.
According to the company, this will give it the ability to support early market designs of its customers for embedded products and solutions for the IoT. The options the platform provides allows customers to configure the requirements of the embedded devices in the systems they are deploying to collect information, implement rules and expose IoT devices and systems via APIs to local applications and upstream cloud environments. The level of flexibility and scalability of this embedded service architecture is going to provide a strong framework and set of APIs to interact and manage connected systems for industries and enterprises covering a wide range of solutions.
As stated by the company, its Connected Services Platform is the only middleware software designed to run virtually anywhere including the public cloud, private cloud, or embedded.
“Our new embedded architecture supports the growing need for local area control and aggregation of information from IoT devices and systems at the edge of the network on a LAN. This flexibility in our architecture allows users to design their application once and deploy across multiple environments, delivering unparalleled utility for customers operating multiple data-intensive workflows,” said Greg Jones, CTO of MachineShop.
Edited by Alisen Downey