The Internet of Things is transforming the world before our very eyes as the infusion of connectivity allows objects to capture enormous amounts of intelligence and subsequently use this information to drive businesses to run more efficiently and allow consumers to have better lives. Today, applications like smart thermostats save consumers money while ensuring their comfort thanks to motion-sensing and intelligence related to user preferences.
One of the challenges the industry faces though is how to rapidly roll-out new applications. Perhaps just as important is how do you get developers to develop without making sure that your first train them on every type of wireless network? This is where OmegaDevCloud from RacoWireless comes in. Developers now don’t need to start from scratch when developing new M2M and IoT applications as they can utilize the standardization-engine the company provides which interfaces with multiple wireless ecosystems.
In fact, in a conversation with company president John Horn and Landon Garner, Director of Marketing, I got to hear how RacoWireless wants to be known as the company that allows this transformation to happen by making it easy for companies to build, deploy and manage M2M solutions.
The benefit for developers is obvious… They can get to market much more quickly. How much faster? Well John tells me that it could take five minutes instead of 2-to-3 days thanks to the drag-and-drop interface the system employs.
Moreover, regardless of what network you’re looking to connect to – whether it’s cellular, ZigBee or bluetooth, they’re all included so once again, no need to know the actual wireless network protocols. Just develop and get to market quickly hopefully start making money.
According to Carl Ford, Partner at CrossFire Media,
The significance of the Omega DevCloud announcement is that the telecom standards and the platform limitations are bypassed in favor of giving the developer direct access to the sensors via their specific RESTFUL APIs and the JSON framework. Thus, direct app development to the sensors can be put in place that keeps the developer in their own sandbox rather than suffering telecom java (not script) and platform APIs.
Going forward, John tells me there’s a couple things the company wants to do… They’re going to add to the ecosystem while simultaneously simplifying it.
And with ultimately billions of the devices out there that have to be managed, programmed and connected, it makes sense to use the easiest interface you can possibly find. One which allows you to speak to as many of these different devices and wireless networks as possible.
Here is an insightful interview with John Horn from last year where he lays out much of the company’s strategy.
To learn more about the company be at M2M Evolution January 27-30th 2015 in Miami, FL.