Cumulocity is to assist in the evolution of the lightweight MQTT messaging protocol to improve its applicability for the Internet of Things (IoT).
In addition, the Cumulocity IoT platform now has native support for MQTT allowing customers to take advantage of the ability to communicate seamlessly and consistently out-of-the-box.
Today, IoT standardisation is slowly crystallising with a wide breadth of protocols vying to be commonly adopted. Since its creation in 1999, the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol has morphed into a protocol well suited for communication to IoT devices with limited processing, battery and communication resources.
In 2014 the stewardship of the MQTT protocol was handed over to the Oasis Alliance, a not-for-profit consortium which is managing open standards for the global information society, and it has recently been approved for release by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Cumulocity believes that open standards are fundamental to the success of IoT and the exploitation of its benefits within organisations. As such, Cumulocity actively tracks numerous evolving protocols and techniques, has been an early adopter of many open standards and has developed its own open publicly documented versions where none were available, such as SmartREST and Cloud Field Bus.
In joining the Oasis Alliance, Cumulocity will ensure that version 5.0 of the MQTT specification incorporates the considerable experience it has gained working with numerous global customers. Specifically, that the specification incorporates the necessary plug-and-play and scalability approaches required by modern IoT deployments.
The Cumulocity IoT Platform is open, publically documented and easy to extend with plug-ins and applications. The native support for version 3.1.1 of MQTT provides our customers with a faster, less resource-intensive and more flexible implementation of the standard compared to a MQTT broker based deployment, with the reassurance that the feature will have commercial level support and will continue to be evolved with the platform.
Bernd Gross, CEO of Cumulocity said, “As the leading independent IoT platform provider we actively track the myriad of evolving technologies and techniques within IoT and support those that deliver measurable benefit to our customers. We are pleased to join the Oasis Alliance to pursue the continued evolution of the MQTT standard and incorporate its native adoption into our IoT platform. The native implementation further simplifies IoT solutions by eliminating unnecessary software components and enabling faster, more reliable and scalable solutions.”
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