Skelmir® was exhibiting with IMONT at the Connections US event hosted by Parks Associates in San Francisco on 22-24 of May. As advertised, the Connections US event is “The Premier Connected Home Conference”. For more than 30-years, Parks Associates has focused on providing market intelligence on the Connected Home. Their conferences are always on point with a wide range of technology providers for this market. The attendees always include a relevant mix of industry technologists and high-profile executives.
Partnering with Skelmir, IMONT was demoing their unique cloudless and hubless IoT software solution. The founders and engineering team from IMONT have a long track record of successful home IoT deployments. Skelmir’s ability to enable the IMONT Java-based solution on low-end embedded edge devices offers many significant advantages.
IMONT was showing a demonstration of their technology running on the Skelmir CEE-J® VM embedded in a Raspberry Pi gateway and controlling networked IP Camera, Thermostat, Plug Switch, Lights and Door Lock using a simple phone app. All communications were local to the demo – no cloud meant it was fast and remains low cost for high volume deployments.
Skelmir’s ability to deliver optimized virtual machines to host Java applications on Edge gateway and IoT devices make it possible to bring low cost IoT solutions to the masses.
There are a number of problems associated with traditional cloud-based home IoT solutions including: security, reliability, scalability and cost effectiveness. IMONT and Skelmir attracted notable interest from service providers and IoT solution providers alike who are hungry for a game-changing approach to bring success to the home IoT market.
By Chris Hausner
IoT World 2018
Skelmir® attended the exhibits for the IoT World event in Santa Clara on 14-17 of May. This is the 3rd year Skelmir has attended the IoT World exhibits. The event also hosted track seminars targeting various vertical markets like eHealth, AI, autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT, etc. The following commentary is focused on what was being shown in the exhibit hall and trends on the IoT technology as it evolved over the past 3 years.
The exhibit hall showcased vendors spanning the spectrum of the IoT market including:
• Networking solutions for IoT using WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, and LoRa (with a wide range of functionality and costs)
• Sensor technologies
• Middleware offerings that included the gathering of information, database solutions, analytical solutions and graphical modeling
• Cloud-based options from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft
• Data security employing various encryption and network monitoring techniques
Coming from the software industry, Skelmir is best suited to comment on the software/middleware solutions. In past years most of the software solutions focused on gathering and piping data to the cloud for storage and analysis. It is apparent the industry is starting to see the challenges associated with these cloud-based solutions, not the least being the costs of data storage (especially for irrelevant data), network reliability and latency, and data security.
What was noticeable this year was a trend towards less reliance on the cloud. The industry is seeing value in moving data collection and processing down from the cloud to the edge. At the same time, technology is driving down the cost of processing power and memory at the edge. There were a number of new solutions from existing companies offering database, analytics, and data modeling on edge gateways. These solutions only use the cloud when it is necessary for specific cloud-centric purposes such as accessing filtered information for remote monitoring, control and analysis.
The Java language continues to serve as a strong application foundation for building edge IoT solutions. Skelmir’s ability to deliver optimized virtual machines to host Java applications on Edge gateway and IoT devices make it possible to bring low cost IoT solutions to the masses.
By Chris Hausner
Skelmir & IMONT team up
Silicon Labs interview with Larry Poon of IMONT and Graham Nice of Skelmir. Learn more about cloudless and hubless IoT options.
Come see us in San Francisco on May 22 - 24, 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.