Project Paho and Koneki gets industry-wide backing

Eclipse formally reveal names within M2M working group

Chris Mayer

IBM, Sierra Wireless, Eurotech and Axeda form initial members of M2M IWG

After Eclipse’s November announcement of their colloboration with Sierra Wireless to drive forward the push for machine to machine technology (M2M), Ian Skerrett revealed that the industry working group had been formally created – ushering in IBM, Eurotech and Axeda into the fold.

Eclipse have long courted the idea of furthering the emerging M2M market, with two proposals this year targeting the area. Koneki and Paho were both proposed this year – aiming to create open source M2M IDE and tooling solutions for developers to smooth the process of creating for the pioneering technology as it will undoubtedly see growth going into 2012.

The first order of business? The roadmap, which has already been set out in draft form, details the purpose of the IWG and the ultimate goals for it.

The M2M IWG recognises that there are a large number of M2M solution domains, in many industries, poised for rapid growth. That growth, fueled by increasing wireless bandwidth, and expanded connectivity, will also bring new opportunities to bridge physical world events from sensors, actuators and other types of devices, into Enterprise and Web applications.

Market growth is hindered by incompatible platforms and protocols that require developers to continually reinvent solutions that have already been created. Sensor and other device data is often sequestered in dedicated M2M systems, and not readily accessible by other applications and systems. This situation slows innovation and creates maintenance and upgrade problems as deployments evolve over time. The Industry Working Group believes the creation of open tools, open protocols, open interfaces and open APIs is the best approach to addressing these problems, bringing tremendous value to the M2M ecosystem.

The working group’s basic principles include ‘encouraging participation’ and to ‘promote both a bottom-up and top-down approach to driving M2M open source projects’ instigated by the focus on ‘architecture, frameworks, and samples/examples supporting the tooling and runtimes projects’ to drive home the message to the community.

The first 12-18 months will hopefully establish the principles of the IWG and the basic open source projects. The charter for the M2M IWG details much of this in further details.

The first face-to-face meeting for the group will be at IBM’s Hursley Lab on January 31st, hopefully furthering the discussion and finalising that road map. The working group is open to Eclipse Foundation members and are encouraged to introduce themselve on the mailing list.


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