Earlier this week, Wind River announced a new platform for Internet of Things (IoT) device management, the Wind River Edge Management System. The cloud-based platform facilitates device management through a centralized console, and will be integrated into Intel’s IoT Gateway Solutions.
This announcement is the latest in a series of IoT moves by the software company, and complements other offerings such as the Intelligent Device Platform and Intelligent Network Platform that currently promote IoT buildouts by providing environments that enable developers to create killer apps and establish the network components necessary to deliver secure connectivity to them. The Wind River Edge Management System will help complete the value chain by providing data capture, rules-based analysis and response, and file transfer capabilities required to bring out the full functionality of IoT deployments. The integrated middleware can be tailored for various vertical markets through an API. Figure 1 depicts how the Edge Management System fits into a general network architecture.
Specifically, the Management System allows IoT end users to capture device sensor and health data, as well as conduct remote diagnostics and maintenance based on the information gathered. Figure two gives an overview of the technology stack itself.
12 months and counting for IoT success
I’ve been covering the IoT for a couple of years now, and to date, much of it has been filled with abstract concepts of end-to-end infrastructure development and business propositions and use cases. But, as the IoT hype machine reaches its peak, I’ve been telling industry experts over the last few months that I think the next year will be a crucible that tests whether we can move from models to actual implementations, or if all the lofty projections and blanket marketing were just an extended brain freeze. Hopefully releases like this will help us realize the former.