THE INTERNET OF THINGS got a shot in the arm today as Sierra Wireless announced Legato, a Linux distribution designed for Machine to Machine (M2M) communications.
The Canadian firm developed Legato from the open-source Yocto Project by customisation of Wind River Linux.
"We expect millions of devices to be connected over the next few years, but there are significant challenges to overcome to enable the Internet of Things," said Sierra Wireless CTO Philippe Guillemette.
"One of these challenges is the time and investment required to get a new M2M application from design to deployment and beyond. In building Legato, our aim is to provide a complete device to cloud solution for developers, along with tools, support, and a development community to help streamline these efforts and give embedded M2M projects a head start."
Legato is designed to be ready for OEMs to develop out of the box, with support for a wide range of protocols and API plugins for many more.
Legato works seamlessly with the Airvantage M2M Cloud, which Sierra Wireless said will allow users to "manipulate the data they collect from their connected assets, integrating it easily into their own back-end systems for business intelligence, even in real time when required."
Does that sound a bit like a commercial surveillance plan to anyone?
The Internet of Things remains a concept in a degree of flux, with no common standards having been set. While organisations like the Bluetooth SIG have proposed ideas, Legato appears to be cutting through the uncertainty by throwing the kitchen sink at compatibility. µ
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