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IT World: What’s new in IoT: Trends for 2019

By | EdgeX Foundry, In the News

The fourth edition of the Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC), which took place in Barcelona earlier this month, signaled an increasing interest in the technology, with the number of attendees jumping by 25 percent year over year, to 16,250. The range of topics discussed shows that IoT is being embraced by companies in every sector, and that the technology has now passed from the development phase to the implementation of practical solutions whose results are increasingly evident.

Read more at IT World.

LinuxGizmos: EdgeX Foundry project releases Linux-on-Artik dev board

By | EdgeX Foundry, In the News

The EdgeX Foundry IoT middleware project announced nine new members including Intel, and launched an Ubuntu-driven development kit based on an octa-core Artik 710 module.

The Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry project for developing open source edge computing middleware has released its first developer kit. The Ubuntu-based kit is built around an octa-core Samsung Artik 710 Starter Kit teamed with a GrovePi+ I/O board. Future kits will include an Artik 530 kit, and eventually, a Raspberry Pi/GrovePi+ combination.

Read more at LinuxGizmos.

Silicon: EdgeX Foundry, the open source platform for IoT

By | EdgeX Foundry, In the News

EdgeX Foundry is part of the open source projects launched by the Linux Foundation . It is a young initiative, born three years ago, but with a promising future.

As often happens with everything that happens through the Linux Foundation, the community of developers is the protagonist, whether they are large or small hardware and software manufacturers or individual contributors. And EdgeX Foundry is no exception. It already has more than 50 main contributions, among which Analog Devices , Dell EMC and Samsung stand out as Platinum members.

Read more at Silicon. (Spanish publication)

IoT Evolution World: EdgeX Foundry Grows and Expands Developer Tools, Edging Toward an Open Marketplace for Edge Computing

By | EdgeX Foundry, In the News

Tech giant Intel, along with Redis Labs, ZEDEDA, Windmill Enterprise, Basking Automation, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, DATA AHEAD, CertusNet and the Federal University of Campina Grande Embedded Lab, have joined The Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry, signaling a new phase of innovation including participation from global academic institutions.

Read more at IoT Evolution World.

EdgeX Foundry Seeds an Open Marketplace for IoT Edge Computing with New Developer Kits and Smart Building Automation Community Demo at IoT Solutions World Congress

By | Announcement, EdgeX Foundry

Intel, Redis Labs, ZEDEDA and six other tech influencers commit to IoT interoperability and join EdgeX’s mission to create a unified edge ecosystem

BARCELONA, SPAIN and SAN FRANCISCO – October 15, 2018EdgeX Foundry, an open-source, vendor-neutral project that enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play components to unify the IoT edge computing marketplace, today announced the availability of EdgeX-enabled developer kits and a Smart Building Automation Community Demonstrator that will debut at IoT Solutions World Congress on October 16-18 in Barcelona.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the EdgeX platform is architected to run on any hardware or operating system and unify components coded in any programming language to accelerate time to market and simplify the deployment of secure IoT solutions. The framework serves as a de facto standard to bring together any mix of existing connectivity protocols with an ecosystem of heterogeneous value-add applications.

EdgeX-enabled Developer Kits Offer Freedom of Choice 

Developer kits are important tools for building new applications and solutions. A variety of dev kits are already on the market; however, the majority of these kits lock the developer into a particular back-end platform or cloud. In comparison, dev kits based on the EdgeX framework will provide developers with the freedom to choose from an ecosystem of components bound together by the EdgeX interoperability APIs.

“With the emergence of these dev kits, developers will have the opportunity to prototype with their choice of ingredients while taking advantage of plug-in components from EdgeX’s growing vendor-neutral ecosystem,” said Jason Shepherd, EdgeX Foundry Governing Board Chair and Dell Technologies IoT and Edge Computing CTO. “This allows them to focus on innovation rather than reinvention, in addition to being able to add and exchange components at any time to optimize their solution throughout the development and deployment lifecycle.”

There will be two different kinds of dev kits – community and commercial. For options in the community track, the bill of materials will be purchased independently online, the code will be downloaded straight from a special repository on the project GitHub, and questions will be answered through forums like the EdgeX Rocket Chat. The first kit is based on the Samsung Artik with Grove sensor, and options will grow through community contributions over time. More information on the community dev kits can be found on the EdgeX website here.

The commercial track for the dev kits will provide EdgeX members with the ability to seed the emergence of an open marketplace for IoT edge computing. These kits will offer end users with attractive options to get started with professional support so they can focus on their preferred value-add rather than supporting open source code. Commercial options will include kits based on supported versions of the EdgeX framework itself (neutral to any plug-in value add), kits based on specific IoT platforms, and microservice plug-ins for value-add such as analytics, data orchestration and security.

Smart Building Automation Use Case Community Demo

EdgeX Foundry is debuting a new community demo at IoT Solutions World Congress that will highlight the platform’s ability to bring together heterogeneous solution components. This first community demo showcases how EdgeX can bring together a real-world, smart flexible office space environment based on components from a variety of vendors leveraging numerous connectivity standards, operating systems and hardware types. You can see the live demo at the EdgeX Foundry booth, located at Gran Via Hall 2, Street C, Stand 361. Other members with demos in the booth include Basking Automation, CloudPlugs, Enigmedia, IOTech, Redis Labs, RSA, VMware and ZEDEDA.

This is the first of a series of planned community demos, which will be used to showcase the full capabilities of the EdgeX IoT platform across several use cases and vertical markets in addition to seeding efforts for plug-fests and test beds.

Third Code Release

The growth and diversity of the EdgeX ecosystem over the last year has helped the technical community hit major milestones including the “California” release, which made the switch to Golang for the baseline reference implementation. Since the release in April, EdgeX Foundry unique code contributions from members and non-members alike have more than doubled to 70 on a regular basis.

These contributors have played a major role in the upcoming “Delhi” release, which offers major enhancements including the first management features, more security functionality such as access control and improved security bootstrapping, C and Golang-based Device Service SDKs and a reference GUI for demos and simple deployments. Projected to launch in November, the Delhi code will be well-suited for end users to begin developing commercial offers and production deployments. To find more details about Delhi or the EdgeX roadmap, visit the wiki here.

Intel joins the EdgeX Ecosystem

Launched in 2017, EdgeX Foundry has created an open community that values contributions and participation from member companies that hail from 18 countries across the globe. In fact, EdgeX has gained the attention of organizations from all facets of the IoT landscape – from startups to technology giants – including Intel, which is one of the nine newest members.

 “Today’s announcement represents one more step in Intel’s open source journey and increased role in the advocacy, use and contribution across the ecosystem,” said Stacey Shulman, chief innovation officer for Retail Solutions at Intel. “Intel’s involvement in EdgeX Foundry will help drive scale and accessibility of solutions for both our customers and businesses of all sizes.”

Other new EdgeX Foundry project members include Basking Automation GmbH, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), DATA AHEAD, CertusNet, Redis Labs, the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) /Embedded Lab, Windmill Enterprise and ZEDEDA.

“We’re standing at a critical point for digital transformation,” said Shepherd. “The massive volume of devices coming online represents a huge opportunity for innovation and is making edge computing a necessity. We need an open, cloud-native edge ecosystem enabled by EdgeX to minimize reinvention and facilitate building and deploying distributed, interoperable applications from the edge to the cloud. We’re thrilled to welcome these new member organizations into our already strong community that shares the same commitment to open collaboration and innovation.”

To learn more about EdgeX Foundry, please visit the website and wiki pages.

New Member Quotes

Basking Automation

“From our experience, we know that every building has its own challenges. To best serve our customers, we need to be flexible in terms of the hardware and protocols we use, so partnering with EdgeX Foundry is a logical step for us,” said Eldar Gizzatov, co-founder and CEO of Basking Automation. “Interoperability that comes with EdgeX-based software allows us to speed up the process of integrating smart building equipment such as meters, thermostats, and lighting controls. This faster deployment is a real game-changer for the industry.”

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)

“Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications will promote the healthy development of the IoT ecosystem through the EdgeX Foundry framework,” said Professor Yonghua Li. “EdgeX Foundry will promote collaboration with Chinese enterprises of all sizes, and improve the interconnection and interoperability of IoT.  This is a good foundation for the development of edge computing and it will help us meet the huge demand. In fact, we already have students developing with EdgeX.”

CertusNet

“CertusNet implements industrial protocol conversion, edge data collection, persistent storage and lightweight data analysis by integrating EdgeX in intelligent gateways. It also integrates multiple microservices with edge computing capabilities in the gateway. We have successfully applied smart gateways to the industrial arena to help companies achieve video pre-processing, predictive maintenance and production process improvements,” said Jian Mao, Vice President of CertusNet Flexible Edge Computing Research Center. “CertusNet is optimistic about the unparalleled ecological value of EdgeX. Meanwhile, CertusNet is committed to creating a richer ecosystem for the EdgeX Foundry community and providing the industry with flexible service based on edge computing models.

Data Ahead

“In our experience, the way to success in IoT is to create value chains among best-in-class players. Even the most integrated, biggest and deepest pockets player can not make it alone,” said Ulrich Grauvogel, Chief Marketing Officer for Data Ahead AG. “Any proprietary or integrated ecosystem will lack one or more of the IoT raw data key criteria of Velocity, Volume, Variety, Volatility and Visibility. With ElasticGear and HIFIVE by Data Ahead, any player on application level is ready to view and access the required raw data without obstacles provided by dedicated Edge or proprietary storage. We’re excited to bring this to the table and help make the EdgeX Foundry ecosystem stronger.”

Redis Labs

“RedisEdge is the ideal database for IoT edge use cases. It has blazing fast performance (millions of writes/sec) with <1ms latency and small S/W footprint (<5MB), and can run on a wide variety of IoT edge devices including ARM-32, enabling analytics of data closer to the source and responding faster to real-time business needs,” said Rob Schauble, VP of IoT & Emerging Technologies at Redis Labs. “We are excited to join EdgeX Foundry and work together to create simplified, distributed computing directly on the edge for latency critical applications.”

Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG)/The Embedded Lab

“The Embedded Lab, located at Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), is responsible for integrating academy and industry through innovation, research and development projects, that are results of the partnership between its professors/researchers and companies around the world,” said Dalton Valadares, a Researcher at Embedded Lab. “We believe EdgeX Foundry can help developers to provide robust IoT solutions, and can become the de facto standard for the IoT ecosystem. Our hope is that we can contribute to consolidate the use and development of EdgeX Foundry in Brazil.”

Windmill Enterprise

“We support EdgeX Foundry’s leadership role in moving industrial IoT intelligence to the edge, where it belongs. With that said, enterprise adoption of IoT solutions remains slow due to inconsistent security implementations across various IoT platforms,” said Michael Hathaway, CO-Founder and CEO of Windmill Enterprise. “Windmill Enterprise is committed to working with the EdgeX community to create a uniform system where enterprises can manage their user and machine identities and enforce security policies in a uniform manner across all these systems. We feel EdgeX Foundry has created a platform that is complementary to our solution and look forward to contributing.”

ZEDEDA

“ZEDEDA’s vision of unleashing cloud-native apps to run anywhere, on any device, over any network aligns perfectly with EdgeX Foundry’s charter of driving open interoperability between edge devices,” said Joel Vincent, CMO of ZEDEDA. “We are excited to join EdgeX Foundry and support this effort as this approach is the only path to truly scaling out apps and unleashing the business-impacting promise of cloud-native IoT and edge applications across a diverse ecosystem of edge hardware.”

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: www.edgexfoundry.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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EdgeX Foundry Member Spotlight: ZEDEDA

By | Blog, EdgeX Foundry

The EdgeX Foundry community is comprised of a diverse set of member companies that represent the IoT ecosystem. The Member Spotlight blog series highlights these members and how they are contributing to and leveraging open source solutions. Today, we sat down with Joel Vincent, the Chief Marketing Officer for ZEDEDA, to discuss the power of IoT, edge computing, the reason they recently joined EdgeX Foundry and preview the new demo they are debuting at IoT Solutions World Congress in a few weeks.

What does your company do?

Quite simply, ZEDEDA is building an applications services platform for the cloud-native edge. Our vision is to free cloud apps and allow any app to run anywhere on any device. As edge computing expands beyond the constraints of embedded computing, ZEDEDA effectively completes the cloud.

Why is your company investing in the IoT ecosystem?

IoT and the world of Edge Computing is not just expected to be orders of magnitude larger than the cloud itself, it’s going to be a world of inter-networked, multi-vendor, multi-owner, hardware diversity. We haven’t seen anything like this since the advent of TCP/IP itself. How do you get this diverse universe of computing working together to allow businesses to use the edge to evolve?  It’s going to require multi-vendor cooperation, open source efforts, and universal standards built around an IoT ecosystem.

How has IoT impacted your company? What benefits have you seen or what do you expect to achieve?

The forces that made the Internet of Things possible gave rise to the fundamental technologies that made ZEDEDA possible. Compute power continues to shrink in size and cost and increase in capabilities. It was only a matter of time before compute power that was once considered server-class was small enough, powerful enough, and cheap enough to be embedded in everyday devices that even a consumer can afford. That meant a new compute orchestration layer was required. That’s where we came in. In fact, we couldn’t have created ZEDEDA 3 or 4 years ago. Computing technology and IoT have advanced that quickly.

Why did your company join EdgeX Foundry?

EdgeX Foundry represents an opportunity to collaborate with other thought leading companies in edge computing and really make an open edge framework a reality. With a vision of apps running anywhere, on any device, over any network the goals of EdgeX Foundry aligned perfectly with our vision and mission for the future of computing.

How are you going to use the framework?

For us and the orchestration of the edge virtualization requires apps to view, understand, and address hardware in a standard fashion. Initially on of the most difficult things to orchestrate is how an app accesses the hardware resources its running on and with the diversity of hardware a framework defining how resources are handled and abstracting the “sausage making” away from the app development so that any app can address any hardware resource is a major key.

So our first effort, which we are demonstrating at IoT Solutions World Congress 2018 is how to get the EdgeX microservices deployed on thousands of devices that are geographically distributed in a simple, repeatable, and secure fashion. Once enabled, an app build to the EdgeX framework will be able to “work” on the hardware we’ve enabled.

Where do you see enterprise and industrial IoT in 20 years?

You won’t see it. It will just be. Everything will be connected, the cloud will be ubiquitous (seamless between the cloud we know today and the edge that is being built in a standard fashion tomorrow), and from this how we experience the world will be completely different. You will EXPERIENCE IoT in everything you do, but you won’t see a damn thing!

Seeding an Open Marketplace for IoT Edge Computing

By | Blog, EdgeX Foundry

Guest post by Jason Shepherd, EdgeX Foundry Chair of the Governing Board and Dell IoT and Edge Computing CTO

Hello Members and Friends of the EdgeX Community,

I hope you’ve had a great summer with friends and family. As we head into some big project announcements at IoT Solutions World Congress (SWC) in Barcelona from October 16-18, I wanted to take the opportunity to make sure you’re aware about a few member opportunities.

First, a quick update on the project momentum. We’re seeing a big ramp in the number of unique code contributors on the heels of the switch to Go Lang for the baseline reference implementation in our recent ‘California’ release. We’re now approaching 70 as of this month. Net-net, more and more people by the day are seeing the benefits of our approach to facilitating greater interoperability at the IoT edge!

As a result, some very large names will be announced as new project members at IoT SWC on October 16. We see many more on the horizon as the word continues to spread and the community meets commitments on delivering a high quality foundation to facilitate interoperability across the complex IoT landscape.

The community has chosen to organize around an October/April semi-annual release cadence, so the Delhi runway is a little shorter. Still, we’re going to see some major enhancements including the first management features, more security enhancements, C and Go Lang-based Device Service SDKs and a reference GUI for demos and simple deployments.

The latest project overview deck including more on progress to date and where we’re headed can be found here.

Other big news at IoT SWC will be the impending release of Delhi code, the launch of our community demonstrator to showcase the value of the project and enable future plug-fests and hackathons, EdgeX developer kits and more Vertical Solution Working Groups (VSWGs). I’ll focus on the latter two for the rest of this project update.

EdgeX-enabled Dev kits

The IoT journey often starts with an aspirational view seeded through a simple PoC to work through architectural and business model considerations before scaling up into deployment. Low-cost developer (dev) kits comprised of a board, collection of pre-integrated sensors and integration with an IoT platform stack are great tools to enable software developers to quickly prototype their ideas with a “fail fast” mentality.

However, the plethora of dev kits out there typically lock the developer into a particular backend platform or cloud. In comparison, kits based on the EdgeX Foundry framework will provide developers with complete freedom of choice, backed by the vendor-neutral EdgeX APIs that bind together choice of devices and applications regardless of protocol, OS, or underlying hardware used.

These dev kits and associated plug-in value-add will give developers confidence that they can prototype with their choice of ingredients while taking advantage of plug-in components from the growing EdgeX ecosystem. And perhaps more importantly, they’ll be able to readily swap out elements later as they optimize their solution and ramp into production and day to day operation.

In all cases these EdgeX dev kits will enable developers to innovate rather than reinvent. The following is a high-level summary of benefits specific to two key personas:

Benefits for end-user developers:

  • Get started developing your IoT solution at a low cost of entry while maximizing options from edge to cloud and minimizing potential for vendor lock-in
  • Facilitate integration and build/buy/partner decisions by tapping into the open ecosystem
  • Have confidence that the foundation of your PoC efforts has staying power due to backing from a growing, vendor-neutral community

Benefits to developers with IoT ecosystem providers (e.g. Device Makers, OEMs, ISVs, SIs):

  • Realize drag from end-user developers earlier in their PoC efforts without having to support myriad custom integrations with your commercial offerings
  • Grow your business faster via the network effect stemming from an open ecosystem with transparent and trusted security and manageability
  • Influence the development of an open commercial marketplace for EdgeX-certified components

More detail can be found in the overview deck. As highlighted, there will be community and commercial tracks for the dev kits. For options in the community track the bill of materials will be purchased independently online, code downloaded straight from a special repository on the project GitHub and questions answered through forums like the EdgeX Rocket Chat. We’re going to start small here and let the open source contributions grow organically.

The commercial track will provide EdgeX members with the ability to seed the emergence of an open marketplace for IoT edge computing. In turn, this will afford end users with attractive options to get started with professional support so they can focus on their preferred value-add instead of working with open source code.

The dev kit program will also help shape the definition of the formal certification program within the EdgeX project targeted for launch with the ‘Edinburgh’ code release in April 2019.  This program will enable anyone to certify that their proprietary offer is “EdgeX-compliant” based on following the specified set of interoperability APIs in Core Services regardless of additional IP added.

 

This is why the project is called “EdgeX Foundry” instead of the obvious “Edge Foundry” – the “X” allows the name to be trademarked. Imagine that “X” on your website which gives your customers comfort that you’re part of a broader, interoperable and trusted ecosystem. Stay tuned for more on this front and we welcome you to get involved in the certification planning working group!

Getting back to the dev kits, there will be several options available to you as a Technology or Services provider in the commercial track:

  1. “Core”: Offered by a provider who’s supporting the baseline EdgeX framework in a ‘Red Hat’ model while ultimately being completely neutral to all value-add such as hardware, OS, connected devices, analytics, security enhancements, platform, cloud, etc.
  2. “Platform”: A kit linked to a specific IoT software platform or cloud, enabling the customer to dive right in with your offer while still being able to take advantage of the ecosystem of plug-in EdgeX value-add
  3. “Plug-in”: Discrete plug-in value-add for devices/sensors, analytics, database, security, management, etc.

The benefit here is the network effect, for example if you offer an IoT platform you don’t need to support the baseline open source EdgeX framework if you don’t want to. Instead, you could partner with a “Core” commercial dev kit provider and simply support an Application microservice for your platform that complies with the APIs in Core Services while leveraging the communication protocol of your choice (standard or proprietary).  In another example, you might be a sensor maker who only supports Device Services in your chosen protocol and programming language (plugging into others’ “Core” and “Platform” dev kits), and so forth.

In order to participate in the dev kit program simply get going with the EdgeX code to develop your offer, establish your preferred commercial terms and contact pr@edgexfoundry.org to let the Linux Foundation team know your plans no later than October 5 if you want to be included in the IoT SWC press release.  More information will be available publicly closer to the announcement.

Note that we’re limiting the benefit of advertisement of commercial dev kit offers through official EdgeX channels to EdgeX project members at this time in order to limit scope while we perfect the process. This ultimately leads to an open commercial marketplace, so get in early and ride the wave!

Vertical Solution Working Groups

The Vertical Solution Working Groups (VSWGs, led by Samsung) are an important function within the EdgeX Foundry project.  We’ve had groups for Smart Factory (Samsung) and Oil and Gas (NOV) for some time to work through the process and are now ready to start ramping more groups to accelerate the strong foundation we’ve built to date. The VSWGs serve several important purposes:

  • Developing unique requirements and code contributions for their respective markets
  • Feeding requirements back into the EdgeX core working groups to optimize the baseline framework to be suitable for as many use cases as feasible spanning Industrial to Enterprise to Consumer, including B2B2C crossover in the domains of retail, healthcare, insurance, utilities, etc.  After all, the true promise of IoT is bringing together a system of systems, and what better way to span private and public domains than an open interoperability framework!

We welcome any member to volunteer to lead a new VSWG or join one already in flight. It’s a great way to demonstrate thought leadership while making sure the EdgeX foundation has the right features and specific extensions for the verticals and use cases that matter the most to you.

We’ve talked with members that are considering working groups around Buildings, Retail, Transportation, Healthcare, Smart Cities and Smart Homes so if any of these areas or others interest you, join on in, or create one for another domain! It’s a low time commitment to help speed up time to revenue in your respective space, not to mention learn from and influence others focused on the same space through open, vendor-neutral collaboration.

To learn more or start a new VSWG please email EdgeX-TSC-Vertical-Solutions@lists.edgexfoundry.org.

Exciting times ahead!

In closing, we have a lot of great things going on as a community just 16 short months since we launched the project, and we’re just scratching the surface of the opportunity ahead. Our future is bright, let’s really put on the gas as we head into the tail end of 2018!

Regards,

Jason Shepherd

Chair of the Board, EdgeX Foundry

PC Magazine: 7 Things SMBs Need to Know About Edge Computing

By | EdgeX Foundry, In the News

Edge computing is a growing trend in technology that lets companies process data closer to where it originates, and there’s a lot of data to process. Gartner Research projects there will be 20.4 billion connected things being used globally by 2020. In addition, Juniper Research forecasts the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices to grow to more than 50 billion by 2022.

Read more at PC Magazine.