Getting Started with IoT and Java:

September 29, 2014

Today at JavaOne we announced the Open IoT Stack for Java, a set of open source technologies that will make it easier for Java developers to build IoT solutions. The focus of the technology is to enable developers to connect and manage the devices, sensors and actuators that are part of their IoT solution. VisionMobile estimates there will need to be 4.5 million IoT developers by 2020.  The Open IoT Stack for Java is intended to help Java developers be some of those developers that are building IoT solutions.

To get started consider the following:

  1. Purchase some hardware, like the Raspberry Pi, and start experimenting.
  2. Check out the tutorial to build a smart greenhouse.
  3. Take the time to research and learn two new IoT standards, MQTT and CoAP. Eclipse Paho and Californium provide implementations of each.
  4. For the home automation DIY, learn about Eclipse SmartHome , a Java based framework for home automation.
  5. Discover the developer resources available at different sites, like iot.eclipse.org and java.net

If you are at JavaOne, please make sure you drop by our booth to see some very cool demos.


Eclipse @ JavaOne 2014

September 23, 2014

Next week is JavaOne, the annual pilgrimage to San Francisco for all-things Java. Over the years, Oracle has done a nice job of bringing back the excitement and community feel of JavaOne.

This year Eclipse will have a booth at JavaOne. We will be demoing our Eclipse IoT projects, Java 8 support in JDT, Flux, Orion and Che. If you are planning to attend the conference, make sure you come by the booth.

There are also a number of Eclipse related talks on the JavaOne schedule, so make you check them out.

 

 

 

 


Industrial Internet Consortium: a meeting of Industrial and IT for IoT

September 19, 2014

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was announced this past March, founded by GE, AT&T, IBM, Intel and Cisco.  The purpose of the IIC is to create technology testbeds to demonstrate different IoT use cases and identify any potential gaps in technology or standards.  IIC is careful to explain they are not a standards group so they would feed any requirements into a standards organization.

This week I attended my first IIC meeting. The Eclipse Foundation joined IIC since the work we do is very complimentary. The ideal is that the IIC testbeds will use Eclipse IoT technology and new requirements from the testbeds will come back to the Eclipse IoT projects.

Based on my first meeting, IIC has accomplished what no other organization has done. It has brought together traditional industrial companies (GE, Toshiba, Pitney Bowes, Bosch, National Instruments, etc.) and more mainstream IT focus companies (IBM, Intel, Cisco, MS, etc) together into the same conversation. This is a critical accomplishment since the IoT industry needs to ensure the entire technology chain is compatible, all the way from the device to back-end enterprise system. The IIC testbeds are one way the industry will test for this compatibility.

Lots of people equate IoT with wearables or home automation. However, the real money in IoT is going to be on the industrial side connecting elevators, factory floors, wind farms, etc. These are complex systems that might not be consumer facing but will certainly drive the efficiencies and profits promised by IoT.

The IIC is just getting going. At the recent meeting there was lots of discussion about processes, vocabulary, detailed use cases, etc. To be honest, the more mundane details of starting an organization. However, the real “meat” will come when they start setting up the testbeds. It will be interesting to watch and participate in their progress.


Join the new Virtual IoT Meetup Group

September 2, 2014

In the past year, IoT events and IoT meetup groups have been created all over the world. A lot of the Meetup groups, including the one I attend in Ottawa, have great content and networking opportunities. Similarly, there is a wealth of IoT events that you can attend throughout the year.

However not everyone can attend a meetup or an event so we thought it might be useful to start a virtual IoT meetup group. A place where people can learn about new IoT technologies and hopefully meet other IoT enthusiasts. We already have a number of presenters lined-up to talk about the different Eclipse IoT technology but over time I hope this group will be more than just Eclipse IoT projects.  I do hope it can be a group for IoT technologist and enthusiasts.  Please join and let us know what you would like to learn.

FWIW, hat tip to the Simon Maples at ZeroTurnaround who runs the great vJUG and the inspiration for this group.


Welcome to the new Eclipse IoT Top-level Project

August 29, 2014

I am thrilled to announce the Eclipse Board of Directors has formally approved the creation of the Eclipse IoT top-level project. This is an important milestone for our vision of creating an open source community that is creating the technology to power the Internet of Things (IoT).

Less than two years ago we created the IoT Working Group to start a collaboration between vendors that saw a need for a vendor neutral open source community. Companies like IBM, Sierra Wireless and Eurotech were instrumental in setting the vision. In those two years the community has grown to 15 different open source projects. We have developed a vibrant, innovative community that is delivering technology today. Due to this success, it was time to formally create a top-level project that would help guide and mentor the IoT projects.   The creation of the IoT top-level project will allow us to grow and scale the IoT community to address the needs of the IoT industry.

The Eclipse IoT top-level project will be led by Jens Reimann (Eclipse SCADA project leader)  and Kai Kreuzer (Eclipse SmartHome project leader). Both Jens and Kai have been great leaders in our IoT community and it is awesome to have them lead the PMC. If you would like to follow the working of the PMC please subscribe to their mailing list.

Moving forward, the new IoT top-level project will work very closely with the IoT working group. We are well on our way to fulfilling our vision of being the open source community for IoT.

 

 


Eclipse Marketplace Passes 10 million Successful Installs

July 30, 2014

This week Eclipse Marketplace hit a very significant milestone: 10 MILLION successful installs. What a great example of the vibrancy in the Eclipse ecosystem. Over the last 4 years, Eclipse users have successfully installed a plugin into Eclipse over 10 million times.

Eclipse Marketplace Client was introduced as part of the Helios release in June 2010. It took close to 11 months for Marketplace to reach 500,000 successful installs and another 5 months to hit 1 million in early November 2011. Now just over 4 years since it was launch, we now average over 400K install each month, close to 5 million installs/year. Pretty impressive growth.

It is also great to see diversity of plugins on Marketplace. In the last 30 days, over 70 plugins have been installed over 1000 times and over 300 plugins have been installed at least 100 times. In total we have close to 1800 plugins listed on Marketplace.

Thanks to everyone who has made Marketplace a success. If you are not using Eclipse Marketplace Client to discover and install new Eclipse plugins then this is a perfect time to start!

 

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Eclipse SmartHome part of element14 design challenge

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.


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