HRI Perspectives: Your bi-monthly commentary and insight for the Internet of Things

Harbor To Present At Linux Foundation Collaboration

Harbor will join thought leaders and members of the Linux Foundation in Napa Valley next week to present on the future of the Internet of Things. 

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is an annual gathering of Linux Foundation corporate members, core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today.

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New Integration Platform Disrupts The Internet of Things platform drives the shift to truly ubiquitous systems

When it comes to preparing for the global information economy of the 21st century, most people assume that “the IT and telco technologists are taking care of it.” They take it on faith that large corporations and centralized authorities will produce the best possible designs for the future of connected things, people, systems and information. But those are big, unfounded assumptions. In fact, most of today’s entrenched players are showing little appetite for radical departures from current practice. Yet current practice will not serve the needs of a genuinely connected world.
The information technology tools we are working with today to build “smart systems” were not designed to handle the scope of new capabilities, the diversity of devices and the massive volume of data-points generated from device interactions. These challenges are diluting the ability of organizations to efficiently and effectively manage development. The outdated and outmoded nature of software offerings available today makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to realize the promise of the Internet of Things and People.
Harbor Research was recently given the opportunity to examine a new integration and data management platform that takes an innovative approach to integrating data and inputs from diverse devices, people, systems and the physical world.  We have written a white paper on the platform.’s software innovation leapfrogs many of today’s technologies by providing a truly “neutral” software platform that enables interoperable applied intelligence and automation for any asset, signal, event, message, feed or stream from any source—without the requirement of data storage.  They have developed a highly adaptive, real-time signal processing platform that enables universal—systemic— distributed intelligence, control, and automation.
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Customers expect evolving software tools to be functional, ubiquitous, and easy to use. However, the first two expectations run counter to the third. In order to achieve all three, a new approach is required: a unified development, integration and data management framework for smart, connected systems. 
Such an approach would have to be:
  • Interoperable: smart systems need to be designed without biases and dependencies that cause integration pain.
  • Asynchronous:  software that can enable asynchronous integration of any combination of signals (message/feed/stream/data/etc.).
  • Database-Independent: real-time stream processing that provides complete independence from traditional databasing schemas; processing that enables users to filter and enrich at the “edge” and forget about pushing gargantuan amounts of data to warehouses and repositories.
  • Adaptable: software to enable computation and logic exactly where it’s needed—on a chip, on a device, on a server, in the cloud, or a hybrid system architecture.
  • Real-time & Scalable: software that enables true real-time visibility of what is happening now and that does not constrain application requirements and scalability.
In sum, we need a software platform that facilitates data and events from anywhere, at anytime, in real time, in any format—and that has a small footprint and is agile. We need new technology that will allow us to migrate enterprise IT systems to an anywhere, anytime, any-format world.
Enter The Platform
The software platform takes on the toughest challenges of interoperability, latency, database dependency and user complexity. It enables adaptable, real-time intelligence and automation to empower users and developers to exploit the vast potential of technology and the Internet. Its key design and architectural features include:
Asynchronous Processing: No other platform can process and apply full context (temporal-spatial-state), including automation and actions, to multiple content types and sources ranging from streams to data repositories to physical sensors and actuators.
Pre-Warehouse/Storage Data Processing: No other platform is ambivalent to data storage. All processing is at the stream/feed/message level, in true real-time and with low overhead.
Radical new thinking about information technology must begin at the most basic levels, with new conceptions about the interactions of information with people, systems and devices. The team is future-proofing their innovations by making the fewest possible assumptions about the nature of networked objects and the data they produce, carry or process. The company takes a much broader, all-encompassing view of information. Ultimately, this type of platform solution will alter traditional business models and change how new applications are realized.
In fact, we think the platform represents an entirely new market category. Read our white paper to learn more about this innovative platform.
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