Clearly targeting what it considers the sweet spot in the corporate craze to get into the Internet of Things as quickly and as painlessly as is possible, Intel Corp. this week has rolled out its Intel IoT Platform.
The platform is an end-to-end reference model designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT)and also is integrated with a number of integrated hardware and software products based on the new platform.
According Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Internet of Things Group, the platform currently has several key elements:
1) Wind River' s Edge Management System to provide cloud connectivity to facilitate device configuration, file transfers, data capture and rules-based data analysis and response.
Davis said this pre-integrated technology stack enables major ompanies to quickly build industry-specific IoT solutions and integrate disparate enterprise IT systems, using the familiar Appllication Programming Interface approach which does not require corporate IT developers to get involved in the underlying hardware. This cloud-based middleware, he said, runs from the embedded device up through the cloud to reduce time to market and total cost of ownership.
2) The Intel IoT Gateway which will integrate the Wind River Edge Management System via an available agent so gateways can be rapidly deployed, provisioned and managed throughout the life cycle of a system to reduce costs and time to market.
Davis said the gateway includes performance improvements, support for lower cost memory options and a broader selection of available communication options. Intel IoT Gateways are currently available with 13 more releasing systems in early 2015.
3) IoT Developer Kits which include the Intel(R) IoT Gateway series. In addition to Intel Galileo boards and Intel Edison Modules. The kits will also include Intel is expanding its cloud analytics support for cloud analytics to allow company application developers to detect trends and anomalies in time series at big data scale.
4) Enhanced Security for Intel IoT Gateways in support of the Intel IoT Platform. Davis said this pre-validated solution from McAfee, a part of Intel Security,adds advanced security management for gateway devices. Part of this package is Intel's Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology with anonymity properties, in addition to hardware-enforced integrity, and is included in ISO and TCG standards. The EPID technology provides an on-ramp for other devices to securely connect to the Intel IoT Platform.
5) The Intel API and Traffic Management solution which allows mash-up like creation of building blocks that make it easy to build new software applications. Using the company's Mashery API management tools, Davis said, corporate IT developers can quickly create data APIs that can be shared internally, externally with partners or monetized as revenue-generating data services for customers.
The company is also building what it calls is an expanded ecosystem of system integrators who will work with companies to move them into mass deployment of IoT as quckly and as painlessly as is possible.
To that end, Intel announced that Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini, Dell, HCL, NTT DATA, SAP, Tata Consultancy, Wipro and others are joining together with Intel to develop and deploy solutions using the Intel IoT Platform.
“IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles, said Davis. ” By simplifying the development process and making it easier to deploy new solutions that address market needs, we can help accelerate innovation.”