IBM and ARM Are Introducing a New IoT Starter Kit
Britain-based ARM is joining forces with IBM to introduce its ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit. So what is this product you ask? The creators claim that this new kit will remove general roadblocks developers face while creating Internet of Things prototypes.
Internet of Things devices are our everyday items using added motors, sensors and other electronics. These IoT devices are connected to online services that store and analyze collected data. IoT technology can be applied to a wide range of products and is highly useful for data collection and unique tech solutions.
Developers come across a range of hurdles while working on an IoT prototype. One of the hurdles is assuring proper communication between the IoT device and the sensor. Another one is making sure the appliance you’re using provides data in a form which the online service can understand.
The new kit will help deal with any and all compatibility issues developers may face. So how will it help? The kit comes with ARM compatible sensors and an ARM Board. The board in question can be connected with IBM’s IoT Foundation.
IBM IoT Foundation is a cloud portal that after secure authentication allows IoT prototype to send data to IBM’s Bluemix services. This service helps analyze and manage data gathered from IoT devices. The kit will help people implement their innovative ideas even from their garage.
Rob Lamb, director of IBM’s Hursley lab stated:
The challenge isn’t how do we get all the devices out there, it’s how do we get software that’s secure, internet-connected with open standards and ready to be used in web services, adding he sees the kit as letting smaller firms get involved in the development of IoT products and services.
Traditionally IBM’s business has been large enterprise clients, now we’re opening that up to mid-size companies, to companies that have never made a device or cloud-service before.
Lower development barriers will enable developers to work on more innovative solutions. If such steps aren’t taken for the developers, IBM believes we may see a “stagnant IoT ecosystem.”
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