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IoT partnerships

Solair joins the Eclipse Foundation

Natali Vlatko
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The latest company to join the growing open-source community is Solair, who will be working actively with the foundation’s IoT Working Group, the Kura project. The Italian-based firm calls Kura “one of a kind”.

The Internet of Things is again in the spotlight, following news about application platform Solair joining the Eclipse Foundation to work actively with the foundation’s Internet of Things Working Group, the Kura project.

Solair is an application platform for IoT that connects your business to your products through compelling IoT applications. By working with Kura, a Java/OSGi-based framework for IoT gateways that connects smart devices over the cloud and transforms them into intelligent devices, Solair can deploy and configure hundreds or thousands of devices to act as a node. This has traditionally been a difficult task.

Tom Davis, CEO of Solair, had the following to say about the new partnership:

Kura is one of a kind: it gives us the tools to develop high level applications above our gateway. In practice, it means that we can develop on a low-level on devices and allows us to have a more vertical and upward application development.

Davis also noted that via the new deal, Solair would be able to work closely with the developers of the project to promote continuous dialogue and an exchange of information. Solair hopes the news will further highlight their commitment to “contribute and invest in projects by companies that simplify the implementation of IoT technology”.

Growing Eclipse IoT

On top of the Solair announcement, the Eclipse Foundation has also reported on two new IoT projects based on MQTT standard protocol. Eclipse Paho 1.1 and Eclipse Mosquitto 1.4 both implement the client and broker for the OASIS MQTT standard.

Paho 1.1’s new specifications are:

  • Support for Microsoft .NET, WinRT and Android clients
  • C and C++ libraries for embedded clients
  • Updated versions of the Java, Python, and JavaScript clients to conform to the MQTT 3.1.1 standard

Mosquitto 1.4’s new specifications are:

  • Easier integration with web sites via support for WebSockets
  • Improved security by providing more flexible support for TLS v1.2, 1.1 and 1.0 plus support for ECDHE-ECDSA family ciphers
  • Better interoperability between MQTT brokers via improved bridge support, including wildcard TLS certificates and conformance to MQTT 3.1.1

As the Eclipse announcement states, Paho and Mosquitto are being used by companies and enterprises to add support for MQTT in IoT solutions. The projects’ open source licenses allows for royalty-free use of the technology.

Author
Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for JAXenter.com (S&S Media Group).

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