SOURCE: MachineShop

October 13, 2014 08:00 ET

MachineShop Announces Embedded Version of Its IoT Middleware

Solution Allows OEMs and Network Providers to Run Sophisticated Data and Business Intelligence Services at the Edge of the Network

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 13, 2014) - MachineShop, the Internet of Services company, today announced that the latest version of its middleware can be deployed and integrated into gateways or other hardware solutions providing a suite of services similar to its cloud-based service. This unique capability is extremely valuable to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the maker community which have requirements to run sophisticated data and business intelligence software on intelligent devices and gateways, supporting networks, and closed environments that have limited or no access to wide area networks (WAN) and the Internet.

For MachineShop, this offering represents a first-to-market advantage and one that allows the company to support customers' early market designs of embedded products and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). With this flexible and scalable embedded services architecture, customers can select configurations to fit the requirements of embedded devices and systems to collect information, implement rules, and expose IoT devices and systems via APIs to local applications and upstream cloud environments.

MachineShop will be demonstrating its new embedded middleware at the upcoming IoT World Forum, hosted by Cisco. Cisco, MachineShop and several other market leaders have been collaborating on a new blueprint that could help create a standard framework and set of APIs for interacting with and managing industrial and enterprise connected systems. An example use case could be the concept of a Fog Computing recently introduced by Cisco, which has distributed nodes for processing data and providing control functions locally. This is an ideal architecture for having an intelligent fog node close to IoT devices to run business logic, perform data reduction and smart filtering, provide close to real-time control of IoT devices, and provide security before data is sent to the cloud.

As data normalization, business intelligence and even API management requirements are pushed farther to the edge of the network, it becomes imperative that the chosen solution can be deployed in any environment. MachineShop's Connected Services Platform is the only middleware software designed to run virtually anywhere including the public cloud, private cloud, or embedded.

"MachineShop's middleware is architected as a cloud-based service and got its origins by service-enabling systems, application databases, devices and other sources of data from the Internet of Things," said Greg Jones, CTO, MachineShop. "Our new embedded architecture supports the growing need for local area control and aggregation of information from IoT devices and systems at the edge of the network on a LAN. This flexibility in our architecture allows users to design their application once and deploy across multiple environments, delivering unparalleled utility for customers operating multiple data-intensive workflows."

With MachineShop embedded services architecture, device and appliance customers can speed time to market and reduce development cost related to all of the code needed to make their products viable. Designed to run on micro-processor based hardware architectures featuring embedded Linux with a small memory footprint, customers can easily implement device data collection and management capabilities, authentication services, API management, a real time rules engine, event notification, generic storage, and a secure method for firmware update and new service loading.

About MachineShop:
MachineShop provides the on-ramp to the Internet of Services where trillions of transactions will occur between billions of physical things and their interactions with other systems, applications and people. MachineShop's public or private Services Exchange allow customers to subscribe to thousands of unique, managed API-centric services regardless of whether they are developed by MachineShop, its customers or other third parties. For more information, visit or @MachineShopIO

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