Platform promises support for embedded web

Sensinode has announced its Nano Services strategy, which it says will provide the basis for comprehensive web services optimised for the unique constraints of M2M applications.

The service will deliver and support applications for the embedded web with resource discovery, caching and management, eventing, semantic naming, semantic search, and end-to-end security.

The Nano Services platform is a web service application development environment and network management product for efficient, secure, reliable and scalable delivery of M2M applications.

The platform is flexible and scalable, and is designed to enable the deployment of M2M applications on private server, private cloud or public cloud environments. It provides a directory and semantic lookup of all deployed M2M nodes and resources in the system, provides transparent proxy services between the large-resource traditional internet and constrained-resource protocols, and supports an eventing (asynchronous push) model that is critical to the effectiveness of embedded web applications.

“The internet of things and its myriad of different services and applications has a unique set of constraints compared to normal internet devices, in terms of cost, size and power consumption,” said Adam Gould, chief executive officer of Sensinode. “These constraints necessitate a new set of features and services to make embedded web services a reality.

“At Sensinode we call these Nano Services, and we are delivering tools at the embedded network node, router and service management level that will allow our customers to rapidly develop custom applications using standard web tools, while at the same time making the details of the wireless network transparent.”

Sensinode’s architecture for the embedded web includes device and web application libraries to connect devices and web applications easily with the Nano Services platform. This presents an environment for easy development of standard representational state transfer applications, while conforming to standards for embedded web services such as CoAP and compact messaging protocols including EXI.

Designed to support M2M networks of up to 20 million nodes and up to 100 million daily transactions per cluster, the Nano Services platform offloads the complexity of embedded web service deployment. Applications in the emerging smart grid, connected home, lighting and many other industrial and consumer segments involving wireless sensing and control are accommodated by the architecture.

The platform supports the full range of low-power RF and cellular communications protocols. These include all variations of IEEE 802.15.4 RF at both 2.4GHz and sub-GHz frequencies, as well as GSM cellular standards.

Sensinode is engaging with select end-user organisations and M2M service providers on deployments of embedded web applications using the platform.

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