'Internet of Things' gets its own cloud

'Beep,' it responded upon hearing the news

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Instead they can write to the APIs in ESF, which handles all the picayune requirements of making software talk to non-standard, non-PC hardware that could be anything from a smartphone to the temperature-regulation monitor on a nuclear-fuel-storage facility.

Everyware Cloud, is "device-independent," meaning in this case that is supports any device with embedded intelligence, as long as the device itself runs ESF.

That's not quite what most people think of as "open," but things are different in the device world. Not everything has the same sense of ethics as the imprecise, fallible, wetware-occluded bags of random biochemistry for which they work. A little extra propriety in the middleware might be acceptable, even in an "open" cloud.

Eurotech's own devices, which range from smart gateways for other devices to embedded systems boards, run Wind River Linux, support development tools, full networking capability, full remote-access, control and remote on/off as well as support for the ESF middleware.

Both ESF and the Everyware Cloud support other vendors' hardware as well as long as they support Eurotech's ESF first.

The real benefit of the Kind-of-Proprietary Cloud of Things, according to Eurotech, is that customers can run analysis and reporting apps on the cloud to crunch the numbers all those lonely devices are sending out in their search for love.

Depending on how immediate the need, data from those devices can be run in real time, at intervals or analyzed in retrospect after all the excitement is over and the fire trucks have gone home.

It's a good option for new services like the one Euro-startup Sensuss is launching to prevent head injuries in sports using helmets with embedded sensors whose data can be transmitted and analyzed by apps running in the Everyware Cloud according to quotes from the company's chief engineer in the Eurotech announcement.

Sounds kosher to me. The first real clouds were also proprietary, as were the first real web-based apps.

The Everyware Cloud isn't designed as a universal solution, but it's certainly a start.

Now we just have to hope our devices are mature and responsible enough to handle all that direct Internet access without individual supervision.

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Intel "Internet of Things" illustration

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