Eclipse Foundation's M2M, Internet of Things Efforts Gain Momentum
The Eclipse Foundation announced that its machine-to-machine (M2M) Working Group has gained significant momentum with new projects, members and commercial adoption.The Eclipse Foundation announced that its machine-to-machine (M2M) initiative, the EclipseM2M Working Group, has gained significant momentum—adding new projects and members and gaining commercial adoption. In an interview with eWEEK, Ian Skerrett, the director of marketing at the Eclipse Foundation, said the foundation is set on establishing an open-source software ecosystem for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) development. Eclipse M2M has added open-source projects, new releases of existing projects, additional members and product announcements from member companies. "If there really is going to be an Internet of Things where all these different devices and things are talking to each other, there really needs to be some open standards in place," Skerrett said. "We want to be the home for those standards." M2M, which involves connecting various types of machines and devices via a network, is one of the fastest-growing technology markets. Approaching $100 billion in revenue by some estimates, this new technology segment presents a number of software development challenges due to the complexity of the hardware and network architectures, lack of open standards, and issues of interoperability between vertical products, Skerrett said.
The Eclipse M2M Working Group is a collaboration of companies and organizations focused on developing open-source protocols, frameworks and tools for M2M software development. The goal of the Eclipse M2M Working Group is to make it easy for software developers to create M2M applications that are based on open standards and open-source technology. Eclipse M2M has three existing open-source projects—Koneki, Mihini and Paho—that provide open-source technology for M2M developers.