The Eclipse M2M Working Group says it is making considerable progress on establishing an open source software ecosystem for M2M development.
In an update released this week, the group – whose members include Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA), Eurotech (Amaro, Italy), IBM (Armonk, NY, USA) and Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) – said it was considering four new M2M projects for inclusion in the Eclipse M2M community, and that its members are now using Eclipse technology in their products.
The group also revealed that IBH Systems, a software and consulting company with a focus on the energy sector, had become its latest member.
Eclipse’s professed goal is “to make it easy for software developers to create M2M applications that are based on open standards and open source technology” and the group has three existing open source projects – Koneki, Mihini and Paho – that provide open source technology for M2M developers.
The projects it is assessing comprise Ponte, a framework to allow reading and writing of data from sensors via M2M protocols; Eclipse SCADA, an open source implementation of a system typically used to monitor and control large-scale industrial processes, such as solar farms; Concierge, a framework designed for embedded and mobile devices; and Kura, another framework intended for M2M service gateways.
In the meantime, Sierra Wireless has announced support for the Mihini framework through its AirVantage M2M Cloud platform, while the recently launched IBM MessageSight offering supports Eclipse Paho.
Mobile operator Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) – recently acquired by Japan’s SoftBank (Tokyo) – is already using the technology to deliver advanced connected car services.
Cloud platforms from Eurotech and Axeda also provide support for Eclipse Paho technology.