How eero uses Akka to make the truly connected home a reality

Nest revolutionized the humble thermostat and in many ways made the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) part of the mainstream consumer tech conversation. Smart homes would have intelligent devices communicating among themselves and with the owner via a mobile app over the cloud. That’s the theory, anyway. In practice, even things like the fussy […]

Is the GPL the right way to force IoT standardization?

The Internet of Things has tremendous potential, but remains a mishmash of conflicting “standards” that don’t talk to each other. As various vendors erect data silos in the sky, what is actually needed is increased developer communication between disparate IoT projects. I’ve argued before that this is one reason IoT needs to be open sourced, providing […]

Open wireless standards could chop city costs by nearly a third

Open wireless standards could chop city costs by nearly a third

Smart cities may look towards open wireless standards to save billions in Internet of Things (IoT) deployment costs. Choosing open standards could cut costs by 30 percent and promote more cities to utilize IoT, according to Machina Research. The market intelligence firm predicts that by 2025 smart cities may spend $1.12 trillion on deploying smart tech, […]

IoT disrupts the Tour de France

In 2015, Dimension Data became the official technology partner for the Tour de France, the world’s largest and most prestigious cycling race. In support of their goal to revolutionize the viewing experience of billions of cycling fans across the globe, Dimension Data needed to analyze thousands of data points per second, from nearly 200 riders, across […]

How Node.js created a model open source community

The creation of programming languages and platforms is rarely without challenges. A case in point is in the experiences of the community around the Node.js platform. Node.js allows the creation of backend services using JavaScript and a collection of “modules” that handle various core functionality and other core functions. Node.js’ modules use an API designed to reduce […]