Travic Offers a Glimpse into our Real-Time Future

The last several years have seen a shift from batch updates to real-time information flow, with continuous streams of small messages being sent to any number of applications and users. At the same time advances in mobile apps and web visualization technologies are enabling the presentation of real-time information in increasingly dynamic, intuitive and interactive ways. There have been few examples of the pieces coming together as well as Travic, an app that displays the current location of every train or bus in metropolitan areas around the world.

As I’ve written about previously, making real-time transit system data available is the low hanging fruit of the Internet of Things. It’s cheap and easy to put a GPS device on a bus or train, and many of our customers already use Solace to publish streaming transit or logistics data to the Internet, live apps and downstream systems that need to use, analyze or archive it.… Read the rest

Solace and HostBridge Simplify Integration of Mainframe Assets with Modern Big Data, Cloud and IoT Systems

Combination of Next-Generation Messaging Middleware and Mainframe Integration Software Unlocks Mainframe Information and Modernizes Applications without Touching Code

Learn how Solace and HostBridge modernize the mainframe.

Ottawa, Ont. and Stillwater, Okla., April 28, 2015 – Solace Systems and HostBridge Technology announced today that they have integrated their messaging middleware and mainframe integration solutions to link critical mainframe systems with modern applications and architectures so they can send and receive large volumes of real-time information, all without modifying any mainframe code.

HostBridge is the only mainframe-resident Web services solution powered by server-side JavaScript, the same technology used by today’s cloud, analytics, Web, and mobile innovators. Companies use HostBridge to transform mainframe-based transactions, programs, and data into object-oriented applications that interoperate seamlessly with any distributed information asset.

“In striving to capitalize on trends like big data, cloud computing, ubiquitous mobility and the Internet of Things, companies look to our next-gen messaging middleware to help their IT systems handle ever-increasing amounts of data, distribution of processing and diversity of endpoints, ” said Denis King, EVP of Strategic Alliances for Solace Systems.… Read the rest

TCS and Solace Systems Team Up to Deliver Digital Reimagination™ Solutions and Services

NEW YORK | MUMBAI, April 22, 2015: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced that it has partnered with Solace Systems, the leading provider of next generation messaging middleware solutions. This collaboration will enable customers to quickly and cost-effectively implement big data, mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.

Business focus has turned to digital transformation as a required action to remain competitive. As a result, the flood of information big data enables can create new business challenges. Together, TCS and Solace Systems are helping to solve the combined complexity of data volume, coupled with velocity requirements of Big Data in digital transformation and Digital Reimagination™ initiatives.

The collaboration will provide new digital solutions and industry expertise that enable customers to reimagine their business processes and achieve results. To drive innovation, TCS will leverage Solace  next-generation messaging middleware as part of a private cloud at TCS’ Cincinnati Business Solutions Lab.… Read the rest

Technology is Bringing You Fresher Fruits and Veggies

Transporting perishable goods like produce has always been a source of supply chain challenges. Retailers want the freshest possible product on shelves, and logistics companies need to make sure it’s protected against the elements between grower and grocery store.

I recently read about a new system that aims to improve this process by offering real-time visibility into the status and temperature of fresh produce while it’s in transit.

The SmartTraxx Go is a disposable sensor the shipper puts inside a refrigerated vehicle along with the load. It uses a rooftop GPS/communications module to publish location and temperature data to the cloud, and if the load gets behind schedule or the temperature fluctuates too much, all parties are notified immediately so they can take action to protect the contents.

This little change seems like a win for everyone:

  • Fresher produce at market should lead to more profit for growers and retailers
  • Ongoing communications means less administration for the logistics provider
  • Less administration of logistics schedules
  • The cloud-based historical data will simplify settlement of disputes about spoilage

Yet another example of how the Internet of Things and the real-time information it enables don’t have to rely on big changes to have big impact on existing business.… Read the rest

Dynamic Decisions – The Internet of Moving Things

This article about a new mobile app from a company called Urban Engines got me thinking about how wild real-time information management is already getting, let alone what it will look like in a few years.

Their app displays real-time maps and walking directions that take into consideration current traffic and public transportation, all in an augmented reality interface on your phone. The article compares the complexity of what they’re doing to Facebook finding connections in a sea of Likes, or internet ad engines displaying banner ads (in microseconds) that match what you’ve been browsing.

Like many companies, Urban Engines built a new kind of spatial database they call the Space/Time Engine to tackle the very specific problem they’re solving. We’ve been moving in this direction for some time now, between the emergence of multiple types of CEP engines and the plethora of open source tools that each process stream-based data differently, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.… Read the rest

Saudi Aramco is Integrating their Smart Oil Fields for Real-Time Insights

Saudi Aramco recently deployed a real-time production monitoring system that will let them better monitor their production oil field assets. They call it POSH, or Production Operations Surveillance Hub, which integrates data from sites all around the gulf region in real-time.

Aramco has been using sensors to monitor many aspects of their oil fields such as field production, submersible pump equipment, field activity tracking and more, but each has operated as information silos for very specific uses. The new POSH hub will bring all this information together so they can generate new insights from the relationships between the streams of data, resulting in better asset utilization and faster resolution of production issues.

While Solace doesn’t (yet) do this for Saudi Aramco, we are working with other oil and gas customers that are similarly capturing real-time production data and using it to drive business decisions like capacity planning and real time pricing.… Read the rest

oneM2M Aims to set Standards for M2M and IoT

In order to achieve plug-and-play interoperability between connected devices, what’s commonly called machine to machine (M2M) communications or the Internet of Things (IoT), there needs to be agreed-upon standards for connectivity, security and information sharing between the devices and back-end applications.

The first significant step in that direction came earlier this month when oneM2M, a global organization of over 200 companies, published a set of 10 documents that propose standards for IoT architecture, security, service definition, management, and specifying protocol bindings to the most commonly used IoT protocols CoAP, MQTT and HTTP.

The momentum behind this initiative is encouraging, and it’s good to see such an apparently complete standard proposed relatively early in the evolution of IoT. The devil will be in the details as we learn how comprehensive the specifications are, and to what degree early adopters must extend them to deliver production grade systems.

Still, something is better than nothing.… Read the rest

How Much Data will be Flowing Between Connected Cars?

Gartner recently predicted that there will be more than 250 million “connected vehicles” on the road by 2020.

Yes, this includes internet connectivity to the vehicle for entertainment or to create a rolling mobile hotspot, but what will be really transformative is the car-specific data that will be moving between the vehicles and their stakeholders in real time:

  • The driver can have a suite of apps that remotely control aspects of the car, or alert the owner (and police) to any kind of security breach, complete with HD pictures and video.
  • Manufacturers will be able to remotely diagnose and schedule maintenance or recalls on vehicles using engine and body sensors that automatically report their conditions to the manufacturer, or other possible 3rd parties.
  • Opt-in, real-time ads using location-based services will surely be coming to a dashboard near you, offering deals as you drive past the providers in real time.
  • And eventually, cars will talk directly to other cars to automate accident avoidance, or possibly just to improve the flow of traffic at rush hour.
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How Singapore is Paving the Road to Becoming a “Smart Nation”

The tiny island nation of Singapore has long been known for keeping close tabs on their infrastructure, residents and tourists, but the Internet of Things might take things to a whole new level and enable innovative new services as they aim to become the world’s most advanced “smart nation.”

IoT is as much about the efficient collection, filtration and routing of real-time information as it is about the “things” themselves. Singapore clearly understands that, as they’ve announced plans to build a dedicated fiber network specifically to collect data from an island-wide network of sensors such as surveillance cameras, flood detection devices in storm drains, and in-home sensors that can monitor the medical condition of elderly citizens.

Some question the need to build a purpose-specific network instead of using the public Internet – something that’s sure to be a hot topic as more governments pursue smart nation initiatives and deploy an increasing number of sensors and surveillance devices.… Read the rest

What’s Making Middleware Red Hot in Healthcare?

Hightech doctorHealthcare is a hotbed of innovation these days, with advances in areas like pharmaceuticals, surgical robotics and 3-D printing helping to cure diseases, improve patient care and extend lives. One technology you might not expect doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to be thinking about is middleware, but healthcare industry analyst ECRI says middleware is one of 10 key technologies that healthcare CIOs need to be watching.

Why? Between the digitization of patient records, ubiquity of mobile devices and increasing number of medical devices being linked as part of the Internet of Things, more and more time-sensitive information is being shared across hospitals and insurance companies. Middleware makes sure it’s all in the right hands at the right time so caregivers can provide the best possible care.

The report highlights how middleware can help hospitals satisfy the requirements of a 2013 National Patient Safety Goal by routing clinical alarms and alerts to healthcare information systems and personal communications devices (e.g.… Read the rest