A lot of work is being done developing standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), standards like MQTT, CoAP, etc. A key benefit of these standards is that different implementations should be able to interoperate. However, as most people appreciate, the implementation of a specific standard can be open for interpretation so testing for interoperability is the only way end-users can achieve this benefit.
This is why I am pleased that we will be once again hosting an MQTT Interoperability Test Day. We hosted the first test day last year at EclipseCon. This year the MQTT community has significantly grown and the new MQTT 3.1.1 specification is just about to be ratified so there will be lots to test. Ian Craggs has already started to work on the conformance tests, so it should be an interesting test day.
The Test Day will be March 9, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, same location as EclipseCon 2015. Registration is now open so if you want to participate sign-up now. This event is only for people who have MQTT based products, client, servers or cloud services. We want a good mixture of hardware vendors, IoT platform/middleware vendors,cloud services and of course open source implementations. You do not need to be using Eclipse Paho, Mosquitto or Moquette to participate. The cost to participate is $300/person. However, if you are attending EclipseCon on the 4-day pass the fee is waived. If you are a member of the Eclipse IoT Working Group the fee is reduced to $150/person.
One final word, we have limited space for this event so if you want to attend please sign-up now.The success of this event will be a great example of how easy it is for MQTT implementations to inter-operate. We will have the proof!