Six months on, what progress has been made?

Eclipse M2M Industry Working Group making swift progress

Chris Mayer

Half a year on from forming, how far has the Eclipse M2M Industry Working Group gone into providing tools and frameworks for emerging M2M technology? Seemingly very

It’s been around six months since we first reported the
collaboration of Band XI, Eurotech, IBM, and Sierra Wireless
in the Eclipse M2M IWG, but what progress has been made towards the
open source M2M platform?

Well seemingly a lot, according to a recent announcement from
the Eclipse Foundation, detailing just what had been done so far
towards realising that goal of an open ‘internet of things’ for M2M
applications, servers and devices.

Arguably the most substantial building block so far is the Java
and C/C++ source code for the MQTT client reference implementation
within the Eclipse
 project. Paho, proposed back in 2011, is a device
connectivity project that will ultimately create open source tools
to enable smarter machine-to-machine messaging over low bandwidth
networks, and deliver emerging requirements of M2M
integration with Web and Enterprise middleware and applications. As
you can imagine the scope is pretty huge here, but it’s already
received industry-wide backing.

Eclipse Paho provides the reference implementation for the MQTT
protocol and a MQTT Lua language client implementation has also
been proposed by Andy Gelme. Lua is of course an increasingly
popular language for embedded devices, so this is logical
progression showing some great strides.

But that’s not all. Eclipse
, a similar sort of project provides Lua development
tools and an Eclipse-based IDE (similar to the Java one), plus an
integrated simulator for the OMA-DM device management protocol. The
simulator allows developers to test interactions between a
simulated M2M device running in Eclipse, and an OMA-DM server.

Aside from the two projects we already knew about, the industry
working group has brought another idea to the table, with the
source code for a new M2M application framework being made
available. This new framework is designed to provide a
consistent workflow for M2M development, and to allow M2M
applications to interact with different device types and
communication protocols. This expansion is very much welcomed and
gives yet further scope to these trio of projects. By creating a
consistent framework, we should see interoperability across M2M
applications but also connectivity with other messaging

The potential here is huge for a superb open base for M2M
technology, and with tools, frameworks and project all looking
strong, we’re sure six months further down the line, we’ll see
something in action.

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