June 24, 2014
I am a big believer that the maker/open hardware community is and will be a huge engine of innovation for the Internet of Things (IoT). Devices like, Arduino, BeagleBone and Raspberry Pi’s make it so easy to prototype and create new IoT solutions. Of course with open source software for IoT, like Eclipse IoT, the barriers to entry for IoT developers are incredibly low. Open hardware and open source software will drive IoT innovation.
Therefore, I am thrilled the Eclipse Foundation and specifically Eclipse SmartHome is involved in a design challenge announced by element14, an online community for IoT developers. Called ‘Forget Me Not’ design challenge, developers are invited to apply to build solutions for home automation. Developers will receive from element14 hardware, including a Raspberry Pi, enOcean sensors and a Tektronic oscilloscope, and are encourage to use Eclipse SmartHome for building there solutions. It seems like a great competition, so if you are interested apply to participate today.
June 24, 2014
Last week I spoke at the IoT World event in Palo Alto. It was one of the best IoT events I’ve attended with lots of interesting speakers and attendees. Here are some links and highlights:
1. IoT Market Segmentation. Patrick Moorehead, an industry analyst, did a presentation on the market segmentation and size of the IoT industry. His research paper and presentation are available from his site. If you are interested in market sizing it is worth reading. One thing I do appreciate is the conclusion that the Industrial IoT is a larger revenue opportunity than things like wearables.
2. Data Analytics Platform. Verizon’s Ashol Srivastava did a very interesting presentation about Verizon’s Advanced Analytics platform. The presentation slides have not been published but I did capture a picture of the architecture. I think it is fascinating that Verizon is getting into the IoT data market. They also claimed the platform will be open source, so even better!
3. MQTT Everywhere. It seems support for MQTT is now becoming a given for any IoT middleware platform. I came across 3 vendors, who I haven’t heard of before, that all claimed MQTT support: Vridata, SeeControl, Plat.One. These vendors also support other protocols but it does seems MQTT has become an accepted ‘must support’ item. Also, Vital Shahfrom from Litmus Automation did an excellent MQTT presentation during the Open Source Day at the event.
4. Finally here is the presentation I gave entitled ‘Leveraging the Open IoT Ecosystem to Accelerate Your Product Strategy‘ It was nice to see a major theme of the conference was the important of open source and open standards to the success of IoT.
June 23, 2014
We have published the results of the Eclipse Community Survey 2014. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey this year. The complete results and data are available for anyone to download [xls] [ods].
As in other years, I think the results provide an interesting perspective on what tools software developers are using and the type of applications they are building. Here are some key highlights from the results this year:
1) Git #1 Code Management Tool. Git has finally surpassed Subversion to be the top code management tool used by software developers. A third of developers (33.3%) report they use Git as their primary code management tool compared to 30.7% using Subversion. Subversion continues to show a downward trend from previous years when it was used by more than half the developers. Of note, 9.6% claim GitHub is their primary code management tool so the prevalence of overall Git usage is becoming dominate.
2) Maven and Jenkins Key Tools. For Build and Release tools, Maven and Jenkins continue to be key tools used by developers. Of interest is the growth of Gradle from 2013 (4.5%) to 2014 (11%).
3) Top 3 Application Servers. Tomcat (32.6%), JBoss (11.8%) and Jetty (7.2%) continue to be the top 3 application servers.
4) Java 8 Adoption. Java 8 was released in March 2014 and already 9.2% of Java developers have migrated to Java 8 as their primary version of Java. 59.2% are using Java 7 but close to a quarter are using Java 6 or before.
6) Developers Experimenting With Open Hardware. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Hardware have become important industry trends in the last couple of years. Over a third (35.7%) of software developers are spending their own personal time learning about devices like the BeagleBone, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the survey. I hope everyone finds the results of interest.
June 11, 2014
We have launched the new www.eclipse.org web site. The goal is to have a more modern looking and simplified experience for individuals coming to eclipse.org. The feedback we received on the beta was very positive, so I think we have achieved the goal. I personally think the new site looks awesome!
This has been a work in progress by many people over the last several months. I first want to thank Chris Aniszczyk, Sven Efftinge, Nitin Dahyabhai and Russ Bateman, our team of community advisers that helped guide us through the initial design stages. The heavy lifting and most of the work was done by Christopher Guindon and Edouard Poitras, web developers extraordinaire at the Eclipse Foundation. The amazing new design was created by Matt Joanisse. Denis Roy and myself helped provide input and support when required. Overall, we hope you enjoy the results.
This is phase one, so there is still lots of work to be done. Over the next months we will be helping projects to update their sites to the new theme. We will also be updated some of the other Eclipse Foundation sites, ex. bugzilla, Marketplace, Forums, etc. to the new logo and theme.
If you do have any feedback or find a problem, please let us know via bugzilla.
June 6, 2014
Interesting links for the IoT industry this past week.
1. Part of the recent Apple announcement was their entry into the home automation market with HomeKit. Lots of excitement from the Apple fans. I would expect Google with have something similar to announce at Google I/O later this month. Home automation is going to be a hot topic for IoT.
2. A Microsoft architect posted a critique of MQTT this past week. Ironically the key take away for me is that due to customer demand Microsoft is implementing MQTT support for the Azure platform. It seems MQTT is getting lots of attention. FWIW, Tim Kellogg did a nice rebuttal to the initial post. Maybe I still have too many Microsoft vs Open Source scars but it does sound like MS is trying to spread FUD about MQTT.
3. IoT is going to require other protocols like CoAP and Lightweight M2M. It is nice to see ARM publishing a tutorial about Lightweight M2M. We need more….
4. IoT is impacting many different industries, including manufacturing. I found this articles an interesting perspective on ‘What is need to accelerate IoT in manufacturing‘.
5. This past week we organized an event in Ottawa called IoT in Ottawa. Ottawa is my home town so it was great to meet so many people involved in IoT in Ottawa. We had 100 attendees so the event was a big success. A special call out to 3 Ottawa IoT startups: GestureLogic that is creating some very cool wearables, Giatec Scientific that is attempting to modernize the construction industry, especially concrete, and Gymtrack that is targeting the gym industry. The great thing about IoT is that it is going to change all industries.
May 30, 2014
Some interesting links to IoT articles and news from the last 2 weeks.
1. The Economist seems to be getting tired of the hype around the Internet of Things, and it is just getting started. The article titled ‘The internet of nothings’ focuses mostly on the consumer side of IoT. However, it does bring out why what we are doing at Eclipse IoT is so important:
These unglamorous middleware issues of standards, interoperability, integration and data management—especially privacy and protection from malicious attack, along with product liability, intellectual-property rights and regulatory compliance—are going to take years to resolve. Only when they are will the IoT have any chance of transforming society in a meaningful way. That day is a long way off.
2. Design Patterns for an Internet of Things is an interest post by Michael Koster. We need more discussions and people thinking and writing about this topic.
3. I attended the recent O’Reilly SOLID conference. The videos of the keynote presentations are now available.
4. A really good presentation on IoT protocols and device management. This is a popular topic.
5. OASIS has announced the publication and approval of MQTT version 3.1.1. committee specification. An important milestone for MQTT.
May 16, 2014
Some interesting links from the past week in the IoT Industry:
1. Last week I attended the IoT DevCon. Two presentations that I didn’t get to attend but their slides certainly look interesting:
- Understanding the Internet of Things Protocol comparing MQTT, DDS, AMQP, XMPP. Not sure I agree with the entire presentation but it is an interesting perspective.
- Internet of Things Standard Wars comparing standards at the physical layer, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, WiFi
2. More and more of the big companies are staking out their IoT positions, ex. HP and TI
3. This past week Benjamin Cabe and I did our IoT Hangout with Raghuram Sudhaaker from Cisco and the project leader for Eclipse Krikkit. I learnt a lot about Cisco’s vision for fog computing, data in motion and Krikkit.