M2M details emerge
Qualcomm announce Java-powered ‘Internet of Everything’ platform
What you may have missed between the on-stage appearances of
Steve Ballmer, Guillermo Del Toro and, er, Big Bird, is the release
of an intriguing new Java-powered M2M platform.
The ‘Internet of Everything’ platform (an already-mocked spin on the existing ‘internet of things’ buzzword) utilises a QSC6270-Turbo chipset running Java ME Embedded 3.2. The platform reportedly includes “several” sensors, including an accelerometer, light sensor and temperature sensor, but aside from the inclusion of a 3G modem, GPS and wi-fi, other hardware details are thin on the ground.
A partnership with AT&T, meanwhile, will allow US-based developers to test their 3G-connected devices on a live network. Qualcomm says it expects the platform to be available in the second quarter of this year.
The inclusion of Java should come as little surprise - in October last year, Qualcomm and Oracle announced that they were collaborating on the then-unnamed platform. This news was accompanied by two Oracle-sponsored papers predicting that M2M devices would be driven by Java - indicating at least that Oracle were taking M2M technology seriously.
Despite its awful name, it may well be worth keeping an eye on the Internet of Everything platform - especially considering Qualcomm’s deep links with Android handset manufacturers.
Photo by Zane Aveton.