An M2M Step in the Right Direction

By Brian Vezza

Brian Vezza

Today is an exciting day for companies looking to implement M2M-based devices and services, as well as for Wind River.  We have announced a collaboration with Digi International to deliver a new family of Digi-branded machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that will enable us to significantly expand our M2M footprint.  Digi M2M Solution Builder kit will be based on Wind River software, Intel architecture and the iDigi Device Cloud.  Digi is a recognized leader in the M2M space and we are extremely pleased to be working with them.

I’ve written in past blog posts about “do-it-yourself” (DIY) M2M, the complexity involved, and hinted about a “better way.”  Today’s announcement is a big step in that direction.  Together, Digi, Wind River, and Intel are making it much easier for companies to cost effectively develop and deploy M2M-based (or “intelligent connected embedded”) solutions. 

By combining top hardware, connectivity, OS, middleware, cloud connectivity, and tools it is far easier to get up and running quickly, realize the benefits of M2M and reduce the ongoing operational complexity and expense over time compared to DIY.  The importance of this should not be underestimated.  It’s common to undervalue the M2M “software foundation” to both design and operate M2M devices and services in an effective manner, until it’s too late and becomes an issue that cannot be ignored. 

Leveraging the Wind River Embedded Development Kit for M2M Smart Services, the Digi M2M Solution Builder kit will include a Wind River Linux environment with an M2M software development kit, as well as Wind River Workbench.  It is suited for a wide variety of applications such as transportation, smart energy, building automation, access control, security/surveillance, m-health, kiosks, and fixed/mobile asset tracking/management. 

The Digi M2M Solution Builder kit will help companies monitor and control their systems from an end device to a gateway to Digi’s cloud services.  This speeds time-to-market while reducing complexity, risk and expenses.  With Wind River’s OS, tools, and “software foundation” for M2M combined with Digi’s cloud software, M2M-based cloud services are deployed quickly and managed efficiently over time. The seamless integration of cloud-connected services and applications is a natural extension of Wind River’s proven software and services for smart connected devices.

As I alluded to before, building and delivering an M2M solution involves combining technologies and capabilities, and the overall integration and testing of such a system — and Wind River’s value proposition is built on streamlining and supporting the enablement of M2M services with our leading software and middleware, complemented by our extensive hardware and software M2M partner ecosystem.

The M2M market opportunity and our work with Intel, Digi and others have provided a significant opportunity for all partners involved. We look forward to continuing to expand our footprint in the M2M space and to working with Digi and others to make M2M more powerful and easy to use than ever before. 

Here’s to a big step forward in M2M and many more to come – we’ll keep you posted!

 

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