ARM TechCon: New vertical segment support for ‘one box’ IoT gateway platform

October 29, 2013

Toni_McConnel-October 29, 2013

Working with ARM and Oracle, Freescale has established a secured service platform that will help standardize and consolidate the delivery and management of IoT services for a range of vertical markets. Freescale’s “one box” platform combines end-to-end software with converged hierarchical smart gateways to establish a common, open framework for secured IoT service delivery and management.

The platform was unveiled and demonstrated last month at JavaOne San Francisco 2013, and featured support for home automation and smart energy applications. Today at ARM TechCon 2013, Freescale announces that the one box platform will additionally support the smart grid and telehealth IoT service markets. The one box telehealth service is suitable for both clinical and home-based deployments, and, among other benefits, is designed to help IoT service providers meet the certification requirements of the Continua Health Alliance.

A “box” (or smart service gateway) built on Freescale’s one box platform can consolidate boxes from multiple IoT service providers into a single, unified appliance. Based on Freescale’s Kinetis microcontrollers, i.MX applications processors or QorIQ communications processors, the one box platform runs Oracle’s Java software and incorporates ARM’s Sensinode software, which securely connects large numbers of low-power edge node devices using standards-based technologies such as 6LoWPAN, CoAP and OMA Lightweight M2M. These Freescale, ARM and Oracle technologies work together to provide a secure, end-to-end IoT gateway platform that speeds and simplifies the deployment of a vast array of innovative IoT services.


In addition to evolving IoT gateways, Freescale, ARM and Oracle are also working to streamline the development of innovative IoT edge node products under the ARM mbed project. The companies plan to evolve the native hardware abstraction layer (HAL) ARM mbed provides to allow Oracle Java ME Embedded software to run seamlessly on ARM-based Freescale Kinetis microcontrollers. Enabling the secure, proven and widely adopted Java framework to operate on Kinetis MCUs will establish a dramatic expansion of processing platform choices and end-product form factors.

Demonstrations related to the Freescale, ARM and Oracle IoT collaboration, including the one box platform, are currently available at ARM TechCon 2013 in the Freescale exhibit, located in booth #500, and in the ARM exhibit, located in booth #300.

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