There is much talk surrounding the so-called Internet of Things.
Also variously described as the Internet of Everything and the Internet of Embedded Cloud-Centric Edge Computing Things (actually, we just made that one up — the IoEC-CECT), the notion of empowering everything from everyday devices to all manner of industrial equipment with electronic connectivity and communication abilities has excited us all.
How we now facilitate, architect, deploy and (perhaps most crucially of all) manage the proliferating variety of devices that will populate the Internet of Things is no simple matter.
A central console to manage them all
Intel has used its Wind River unit (which specialises in embedded systems running a distributed of Linux developed by Intel itself) to launch the Wind River Edge Management System, which is essentially a cloud service intended to provide what has been called a “central console” for managing devices connected to the Internet.
The platform (we would just say ‘software’, but vendors do like to say ‘platform’) is an integral part of the quite recently newly launched Intel IoT Platform. In fairness to Intel, if we can say that devices are managed “on top off” the controls provided by the Edge Management System, then it is a platform.
It is interesting to see Intel’s Wind River use the term ‘Edge’ in the name of the product itself. As we know, the phrase edge computing today is typically taken to refer to the push of computing applications, data and services away from centralized nodes to the logical extremes of a network.
As has been noted widely before, edge computing (potentially) enables analytics and knowledge generation to occur at the source of the data — and the term itself covers a variety of technologies including wireless sensor networks, mobile data acquisition technologies, mobile signature analysis, cooperative distributed peer-to-peer ad hoc networking and processing.
This new Edge Management System is a pre-integrated technology stack running from the device to the cloud that has been validated to work with all Intel IoT Platform components, as well as other IoT vendors’ components.
What we need to do with IoT data
Specifically, the Edge Management System agent enables cloud connectivity to facilitate capabilities such as data capture, rules-based data analysis and response, configuration, and file transfer. It allows users to build industry-specific IoT solutions and integrate disparate enterprise IT systems, utilizing API management.
Essentially then, Intel is trying to provide us with the tools to answer the question of what we need to do with IoT data and how we need to do it.
VDC Research spokesperson Chris Rommel has said that we are now looking at “increasingly valuable and complex device networks” that require new processes and platforms to effectively manage the data, security, and services delivered across the IoT network architecture.
IoT is all about business transformation–transforming machine data into actionable insights to generate new revenue streams, maximize existing infrastructure, and improve business processes,” said Jim Douglas, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Wind River.
“With Edge Management System, Wind River now provides a comprehensive product portfolio that addresses the entire IoT architecture, from the management of intelligent devices at the edge, to the gateway, into the network, and up into the cloud, allowing us to deliver maximum value to our customer base,” he added.
Edge Management System includes the following key features:
- Device management: Remote device management capabilities reduce service costs by enabling remote diagnostics and maintenance.
- Security: Secure software updates are integrated with on-device security features such as white listing and integrity monitoring.
- Telemetry and analytics: Remote data capture collects sensor and system health data, and transforms them into actionable intelligence.
As part of Intel IoT Platform, Edge Management System will be integrated and validated with Intel IoT Gateway, which includes Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT, a software development environment that provides pre-integrated and tested components to secure, manage and connect gateways.
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