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MachineShop Gets Internet of Things Talking

Startup's API Services Exchange aims to simplify interactions among the Internet of Things' billions of connected devices, applications, and systems.

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User Rank: Ninja
3/26/2014 | 11:02:31 AM
Our poor networks
It's quite interesting to note that the bandwidth that will be required in the future to power the IoT will be quite demanding when you think of the sheer amount of data that will be transmitted between devices from smart monitors to health devices.  This means a great opportunity to rethink traditional services such as WAN optimization which would focus on API driven data from these devices, plus security and storage.  Not to mention the applications which would analyze the data collected.  An exciting future for sure, and great to see the increased interest around the future of connected devices.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/25/2014 | 6:33:21 PM
Re: What sets MachineShop apart?
Excellent question. For Diebold one of the major requirements was the ability to interact with 100's of different systems and physical devices that comprise the underlying foundation of their solution. MachineShop has tremedous experience and expertise in that arena and our Service Exchange can easily expose those edge points as RESTful API's even when the device/system itself is not very web service friendly. It is important that these interactions are bi-directional and are exposed in such a way that the application developer does not know the low-level details of the commands but instead can deal with them on a metadata basis. 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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3/24/2014 | 6:57:04 PM
Re: 'Data soverignty' important on Internet of Things
"Data sovereignty" sounds like it will be about as workable as limiting the flow of data across national borders. Absent visibility into everyone's databases, there's not really any way to be sure who has what data or how it's being used.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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3/24/2014 | 5:59:48 PM
'Data soverignty' important on Internet of Things
Machine Shop is onto a problem that will arise with the Internet of Things: identifying who owns the data from one device that looks a lot like someone else's data from an identical device, then capturing it and maintaining ownership. Cisco said this morning that managing "data soverignty" -- who owns it in what country -- will be an increasingly important issue.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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3/24/2014 | 3:25:32 PM
What sets MachineShop apart?
It makes sense that Diebold used MachineShop's middleware to "develop a solution that separates the application layer from the underlying systems and devices." That pretty much defines the role of middleware. It also makes sense that the company can contrast itself with expensive, incumbent commercial middleware options from the likes of IBM, Oracle, and SAP. What's not clear -- and perhaps MachineShop can pipe up on this -- is how the company's technology compares and contrasts with open source middleware and options for using plain-vanilla Web services and REST interfaces etc. for doing this sort of work?
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