Eclipse Ups Ante for Internet of Things Community
The Eclipse Foundation says the Internet of things should be based on open-source technology supported by an Eclipse-based community.The Eclipse Foundation is aiming to build up a strong community for developers looking to tap into the opportunity afforded by the Internet of things. The Internet of things (IoT), which extends Internet connectivity beyond traditional devices such as desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize embedded technology to communicate and interact with the external environment, opens up a world of new opportunity for developers. And Eclipse, the community for developers and organizations that want to collaborate on open-source software, wants to help. “Our goal at Eclipse is to be the open-source community that provides the basic technology building blocks for the Internet of things,” Ian Skerrett, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation, told eWEEK. “We believe for the Internet of things to be successful it needs to be based on open standards and open source. The current state of the IoT industry is a lot of proprietary vendors attempting to lock customers into their own solutions and protocols.” Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich added: “We are certain that the Internet of things will only be successful if it is built on open technologies. Our goal at Eclipse is to ensure that there is a vendor-neutral, open-source community to provide those technologies.”
Skerrett said Eclipse entered the IoT space at EclipseCon Europe 2012 in November of that year when the organization announced the creation of the Eclipse M2M Working Group, with IBM, Sierra Wireless, Eurotech and Band XI teaming to launch a community for machine-to-machine (M2M) software development. The initial projects that made up the community were machine-to-machine connectivity efforts known as Paho, Mihini and Koneki. However, a lot has happened in 2013 and the vision of a vibrant, Eclipse-based IoT open-source community is becoming a reality, he said.