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The Industrial Open Source Network: Because Open Source Is Integral to IoT

Year after year, surveys conducted by the Eclipse Foundation have showed that most IoT developers leverage open source technologies. In the 2019 Commercial IoT Adoption Survey, for example, 60% of respondents stated that their organization is factoring open source into its IoT deployment plans. This clearly means the dominant IoT platforms in the market will either be open source or based on an open source core.

The Eclipse IoT working group brings together over 45 organizations that believe that open source is integral to IoT. As the market evolves towards digitization and Industry 4.0 becomes a reality, the industry needs to shift towards software, which means it needs to adopt open source. This transition will not be easy. Many organizations with an industrial focus, such as machine manufacturers and industry-specific solution providers, tended to build everything in-house in the past. Traditionally, they have viewed open source with suspicion. This needs to change.

To make that c…
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A Robotic Dream Team: ROS 2 and Cyclone DDS

The Eclipse Cyclone DDS team has been hard at work recently; this got them noticed in a big way. Open Robotics recently declared that Eclipse Cyclone DDS will be a tier one middleware in ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy! Eclipse Cyclone DDS, an implementation of the Data Distribution Service standard under the stewardship of the DDS Foundation and the Object Management Group (OMG), is a project of the Eclipse IoT and OpenADx working groups.
Some of the key benefits of Cyclone DDS include: Secure ROS 2 (SROS2) integration & testing contributed by Eclipse IoT member Canonical. Implementation of DDS Security contributed, tested, optimized and ready for ROS users. The team backported this feature to the ROS 2 Dashing and Eloquent releases!Full coverage of QoS supported by ROS including lifespan and deadline New high-speed RMW serializer contributed by Rover RoboticsAbility to discover a single robot among a swarm of 1,000+ (thanks to iRobot for the use case!)Too many performance and quality improveme…

2020 IoT Developer Survey: Share What You Do to Shape the Industry

The Eclipse IoT working group is now running its annual IoT Developer Survey. It will stay open until June 26, 2020. We need your input to make it a success! In 2019, more than 1,700 developers participated, with 1,100 of them working on IoT projects in a professional capacity. We hope to get even more participants for this year’s edition.
Given how busy you are, why would you invest 10 minutes on this survey? By participating, you help us understand the latest IoT solutions and service development trends and how these will impact the market. In other words: you help us gather data that you will be able to use to inform your strategy and drive your business to success. Moreover, since the members of Eclipse IoT take a close look at the results, you can influence their roadmaps by participating to the survey. Where else will you find a direct line to Bosch, Eurotech, Red Hat and many other IoT leaders?
With 45 projects and more than 40 member organizations, Eclipse IoT is already the lar…

A Virtual Event With a Focus on the Real World

April 9, 2020 was supposed to be a big day for the Eclipse IoT, Eclipse Edge Native and Eclipse Sparkplug communities. We were planning to gather in a room of the San Jose Convention Center to have a full day of presentations and networking. Unfortunately, that event got cancelled due to the Coronarivus pandemic.

Given we had such a strong speaker lineup, we decided to organize a virtual event instead. The Eclipse Virtual IoT and Edge Native Day will be held on May 28, 2020 from 10:00 to 16:00 Eastern Daylight time. The theme for the day is "Our Open Source Ecosystem Means Business". Each of the talks we have focuses on real-world technology that you can use right away to build IoT and Edge Computing solutions.

I will have the pleasure to kick start the day with a session describing how you can leverage our most popular IoT and edge computing projects. I will also cover the latest developments in our three working groups.

Please visit the event's website for more details…

The Eclipse Foundation at Edge Computing World

Edge computing, a distributed computing architecture that brings compute power and storage physically closer to applications in order to improve performance and increase efficiency, is forecast to generate a market worth $16.5 billion within the next five years (Allied Market Research, 2019).

The Eclipse Foundation is the home of two innovative projects that have been built from the ground up to address the challenges of edge computing: Eclipse fog05 and Eclipse ioFog. fog05’s approach is to create a unified compute fabric that spans across things, edge nodes and the Cloud. ioFog, on the other hand, creates a distributed Edge Compute Network (ECN) where you can deploy and run microservices.

If you wish to learn more about ioFog, fog05 and the rest of the edge computing ecosystem, you should attend the Edge Computing World Conference, December 9-12 2019 at the Computing History Museum in Silicon Valley.  I will have the pleasure to host a developer workshop on various Eclipse Edge tech…

The Eclipse IoT MQTT Sandbox Is On the Move!

For many years, the Eclipse Foundation has offered an MQTT sandbox to the IoT developer community. That sandbox was maintained by Foundation staff and was running on Foundation infrastructure. The goal was to encourage and facilitate the evaluation of Eclipse Paho and Eclipse Mosquitto, and to foster interoperability among MQTT implementations. Today, I have the pleasure to announce the deployment of a new community-run MQTT sandbox to replace it.

What will change? — In a user perspective, just the domain name. The old sandbox was available at iot.eclipse.org. The new one will be available at mqtt.eclipse.org. As before, port 1883 will be used for standard connections and port 8883 for connections over TLS.

What will happen — For the time being, the DNS record for mqtt.eclipse.org points to the old sandbox. On July 16 2019 at 10:00 EDT, the IT team will switch that DNS record to the new one.

The admins for the new sandbox will only be able to generate the digital certificates for TLS c…

IoT Developer Survey 2019: the Key Trends

Introduction 2019 marked the fifth anniversary of the Eclipse IoT Developer Survey. This edition is without a doubt the best yet. More than 1700 persons participated; that's about three times more than last year!

As usual, the aim of the survey was to look at the IoT landscape to understand the key trends for people building IoT solutions and identify the relevant technologies and standards. You can find the results of our previous surveys on the Eclipse IoT website.
Executive Summary Our key findings for this edition of the survey are:
IoT drives real outcomes today.  65% of respondents are currently working on IoT projects or will be in the next 18 monthsAWS, Azure, and GCP are the leading IoT cloud platformsIoT developers mostly use C, C++, Java, JavaScript, and PythonMQTT is still the dominant communication protocol leveraged by developersThe Eclipse Desktop IDE is the leading IDE for building IoT applications  A deeper look at our key findings IoT drives real outcomes today O…