Cloud-based network solutions specialist Cradlepoint has released a router software development kit (SDK) and extensibility platform to help businesses build and customize more intelligent, application-specific machine-to-machine and internet of things solutions on top of Cradlepoint’s latest COR IBR routers.
The SDK enables enterprises and their managed service providers or service integrators to collect and analyze vast amounts of data and push out business rules and policies to the edge, as well as other functions that can help departments served by IT, including operations and marketing.
Developers and enterprise customers now can create tailored machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) applications on top of Cradlepoint solution platforms to address their specific business needs.
"The key change to the way businesses operate and interact with their clients and customers is that IoT can produce rich data and analytics that businesses can use to make better decisions," Ken Hosac, vice president of business development for Cradlepoint, told eWEEK. "For example, customer analytics generated from IoT devices can help the CMO of an organization better understand customer patterns like in-store location, dwell time, shopping frequency and tailor marketing programs and campaigns on a store-by-store basis."
The extensibility platform launches in conjunction with additions to Cradlepoint’s COR family of M2M/IoT and in-vehicle routers, the COR IBR600B and COR IBR650B.
The routers include embedded Cat4 modems designed to perform at higher speeds and support additional bands, and also support auto-carrier selection that automatically connects to the U.S. wireless carrier associated with the SIM card installed.
The routers also support the COR Extensibility Dock that enables dual modems, extra Ethernet ports, and support for a third-party expansion card, as well as Cradlepoint’s SDK and extensibility platform.
This enables customers, partners and third parties to write custom scripts and then securely push those scripts down to the router fleet for distributed computing at the network’s edge.
NetCloud is a software and services platform that extends the company’s 4G LTE-enabled multi-function routers and ruggedized M2M/IoT gateways with cloud-based management and software-defined network services.
"Each enterprise has different priorities and challenges. Our goal as a company is to provide a platform that solves all of their needs," Hosac noted. "The reality, however, is that there are always certain items that an enterprise needs to modify or customize for their needs. These extensibility capabilities enable customers to enhance the base platform with the customization that they may need to complete the solution."