Interoperability has emerged as one of the greatest obstacles inhibiting the growth of connected smart buildings today. This may come as no surprise considering the vast number of device types and vendors catering to the multitude of disparate systems that make up a truly integrated “Smart Building” environment.
This Monday, April 4th, 2016, MachineShop CEO, Michael Campbell will be speaking on a panel of industry leaders at the Boston/New England Internet of Things Meetup at the MathWorks headquarters in Natick, MA. The topic for this event is “Beyond Connectivity: Security, Analytics & More At The Edge,” and as such, will be focused on the capabilities and precautions of IoT at the edge of the network - the device level from where the zettabytes of IoT data is initially generated and ingested.
IoT Dominates CeBIT Tech Show
Telecoms.com, 3/16/16 - German tech show CeBIT has been hijacked by the nascent IoT industry as Huawei, ZTE, and SAP all used the event to make announcements...
It was hard to resist the urge to blog the day the Jasper-Cisco deal was announced. I sat back and watched as the pundits waxed on about why the deal happened, what this brings to Cisco and why Jasper sold the company rather than going public. I’ve known the company and the people there for a long time and had the pleasure of a couple beers in Barcelona with two of the earliest employees at Jasper that I call friends.
Last week I tweeted that 90% of the booths at Mobile World Congress (MWC) were promoting something IoT-related. The small minority that weren’t marketing IoT were peddling coffee, beer or paella.
“Hardware is hard” is a key pronouncement from the recent ABI Research report citing the evolution of hardware development kits in the IoT Value Chain. There is a blurring of the lines between hardware and software providers as the market embraces the need for more simplicity and the importance of value added services. These value added services will also become a key source of revenue and differentiation to hardware vendors.
Enterprise IoT Gets New Products, Services at CES 2016
eWeek, 1/6/16 - With 28 billion connected devices predicted to be online by the year 2021, the IoT revolution will require a massive number of connections to be managed...
Mining Industry CIOs want to dig deeper into IT/OT integration challenges
IT World Canada, 11/12/15 - Innovation is challenging in any industry, but for CIOs in the mining sector the way forward is clear: if they want to reap the benefit of the Internet of Things or big data, they have to play a stronger role in integrating traditional IT with operational technology...
Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services announced its new Internet of Things platform, AWS IoT. Unsurprisingly, the platform’s architecture is cloud-centric - built on the premise that ingestion, management and processing of IoT data can be done in their market-dominating cloud offering.
Our friends at the Thought Leadership League recently conducted a survey to examine ways organizations can improve their access to meaningful data. Not surprisingly, their findings indicated a strong demand among organizations to enhance access to real-time data as a way to improve their core day-to-day operations.
When people ask what we do at MachineShop, I give any number of answers depending on who is asking the question. Lately, I’ve been using the phrase, “API-fication of IoT.” Translated, that simply means we convert the ugly, proprietary interfaces of connected devices into REST APIs. It’s only part of what we do, but it’s both magic and pretty darn fun.
The Internet of Everything needs a fabric to weave together the many silos of data that we are creating with all this Internet connectivity. This is the key point, or at least my key takeaway, of a recent article published by Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Technology. Sam has been covering M2M, IoT and IoE for a long time and has seen the evolution of this market over the years. Frankly, most of the report goes on to talk about actual network connectivity and speaks to the ‘fabric’ issue in that context, but I’m going to give him a gold star for a brilliant metaphor nonetheless.
In a previous post about MachineShop's IoT ingestion service, we discussed the value of centralized translation from proprietary protocols into JSON to enable universal inspection of messages for rules and application enablement. In this installment, we explore outbound communication to devices and data sources - things like command and configuration.
What if I wrote this entire message in some esoteric language that you didn’t understand? You would be able to see the words and understand that it came as an email or was in a blog post. You would be able to forward the message to somebody else. You could even store it somewhere and retrieve it later if somebody asked you. But would you intrinsically know how to respond to the contents? Would you know how to query what’s in it? Would you have any idea why you received the message?
From its inception, the MachineShop platform has eschewed monolithic architecture in favor of independent modules that work in concert. We’ve evolved our underlying frameworks over time to embrace more and more parallel processing. This evolution has in turn enabled even more decoupling of processes using a common “bus” of sorts for inter-process communications. And thus, a microservices approach was born.
Many think MachineShop is building a hugely valuable business around the red-hot IoT phenomenon. They are partially correct.
The fact is that utilities, telcos, hospitals, manufacturers, hospitality, transportation, defense, agriculture and many more markets have been ‘doing IoT’ for a long time.
Women Who Code…what a fantastic idea for an event and we can confirm that it is, in fact, very cool. What exactly is this? A network dedicated to connecting women in the tech world and empowering them with the skills to advance in a typically male dominated field. Women Who Code reach has extended across 20,000 women developers and 15 countries!
Last month, ABI Research issued a new report "IoT Middleware: Application Enablement Platforms and Services,” and not surprisingly, the report indicates that IoT middleware platforms have gained momentum in 2014 and are considered a critical element in IoT solution enablement.
Standards for linking both enterprise and consumer connected devices and systems continue to be an area of concern for developers. And while there may never be one single set of “rules” for developer’s use, OASIS -- the organization behind the MQTT Protocol –is working to make it easier for developers to code with the standards available today.
Fall is upon us -- a great season of crisp days, cool nights, bold colors --and while the temperatures might be dropping, the conference season is heating up with the Internet of Things (IoT) being a major theme.
By Greg Jones, CTO at MachineShop
Last Thursday, MachineShop presented a session to the crowd attending Denver Startup Week. For those not familiar with the event, Denver Startup Week is a six-day celebration of “everything entrepreneurial in Denver”. As promoted by the organizers, the event b
Q: When is a Platform not a platform?
A: When it’s a ‘Services as a Platform’
IoT Tops Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. This annual report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more that 2,000 technologies. This year’s report focuses on Digital Business and highlights the areas Gartner thinks “have potential for significant impact.”
Meaningful partnerships can be the foundation of a successful business. Partnerships are what enable many companies to innovate at a rapid pace and deliver value to a broader set of customers and markets. Any marketer, product manager or business line o
By Greg Jones, CTO at MachineShop
Attending the first official meeting of the Industrial Internet Consortium, there was tremendous excitement about the potential of this group of industry leaders to help shape the future of technology surrounding the huge opportunity of the IoT. Starting with the announcements that the organization has now grown to over 50 members from the initial 5 (AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel). MachineShop was one of the first to recognize the power of this organization when joining in April.
The Internet of Things expected to grow to 50 billion devices by 2050 and the electric utilities industry is one of the strongest examples of the reality and power of connecting devices and intelligent systems.
By Greg Jones, CTO MachineShop