Fog Computing Feature
November 24, 2014

Eurotech: Fog Computing by Any Other Name is Just as Sweet

Fog computing is just another name for pervasive computing, and the CEO of global conglomerate Eurotech has been talking about his vision on that front for several years,

Jon Woodland, director of cloud solutions at the company, told Fog Computing Conference attendees last week.

All of the above involve a tiered architecture in which devices are low power and communicate, and there’s a hierarchical setup of data moving up the stack, Woodland explained.

Computer company Eurotech – whose brands include Advanet, Dynatem, and Eurotech – believes that to support the 50 billion connected devices that are to come, things need to be easier to manage and more open. To address that, he said, IBM and Eurotech developed a protocol called MQTT, open sourced it, and it is now a standard.

The core of Eurotech’s IoT group came from the embedded board space, so it expanded into devices and systems, including gateways. Everything the group creates, he added, is rugged and designed for a long life (~15 years).

Eurotech’s IoT gateways leverage Java as a software protocol, he said. That means it’s one of the few gateway vendors that provides a full software stack, he said, so you can take a router and turn it into a full-blown gateway.

Then it built a platform-as-a-service solution that serves as a middleware platform to push information up the hierarchy. The PaaS solution, he said, decouples producers from consumers, manages security and device connectivity, allows for low latency transmission, supports Rest APIs for simple application integration and development, includes a data store that is big data ready, and does complex event processing in real time.

Eurotech’s client framework, he continued, is open source; creates an intelligent edge node; supports rules to optimize data transmissions; does device abstraction; provides root access to devices; includes a run-time environment for app packages; and runs on devices as small as RaspberryPi, BeagleBone Black, Arduino.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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