SkyWave Adds Eclipse-Based Lua Tool to its SDK

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-10-02 Print this article Print
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SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of wireless data communications for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, announced it has added a new Eclipse-based tool to its application software development environment.

The company's software toolkit now includes an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) for creating applications that run inside SkyWave satellite and cellular devices.

Eclipse is an open-source IDE for programming languages such as Lua and provides an environment for building custom software solutions. The new application, called Application Studio, will be included in the IsatData Pro (IDP) Toolkit 2.0 and will leverage Eclipse's familiar look-and-feel and feature set, including code library support, code completion, code folding and integrated documentation support.

Lua is a lightweight multi-paradigm programming language. It is a lightweight, embeddable scripting language that is used in many industrial applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems and games. It also is used in Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom, for example.

The new Application Studio supports SkyWave's Lua Services Framework (LSF), which includes the network protocol stacks, Lua core services, and access to hardware interfaces for building custom M2M applications. Application Studio enables solution providers to develop their own Lua services to create industry-specific solutions and reduce communication costs by processing and transmitting only necessary data at the device level.

"Many of our customers are already accomplished Eclipse users," Sue Rutherford, vice president of marketing at SkyWave, said in a statement. "With active members of the user development community in prominent corporations, such as IBM, Sierra Wireless, Oracle and Google, using the Eclipse platform made logical sense to reduce our customers' time to market by improving developer productivity as well as provide the ability to deliver relevant and unique M2M solutions to the market."

Application Studio in IsatData Pro (IDP) Toolkit 2.0 is now available for all SkyWave Solution Providers and can be downloaded from the SkyWave Customer Support Portal.

Earlier this week, the Eclipse Foundation announced an open Internet of things (IoT) stack for Java developers, which includes software for building M2M applications.

The Eclipse Open IoT Stack for Java is a set of Java frameworks and OSGi services that make it easy to connect and manage IoT solutions. The Open IoT Stack for Java includes support for OASIS MQTT, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) CoAP and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Lightweight M2M (LWM2M), as well as providing a set of services for building IoT gateways. In addition to the core Open IoT Stack, a set of industrial frameworks are available to accelerate the process of creating home automation and SCADA factory automation solutions.

The Eclipse Open IoT Stack for Java is supported by a large community of companies, universities and research institutions, including 2lemetry, Actuate, Bitreactive, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, DC-Square, Eurotech, ibh Systems, IBM, LAAS-CNRS, openHAB, Ubuntu, Sierra Wireless and 2lemetry.


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