IBM rolls “Internet of Things” starter kit

IBM teams with Libelium to offer wireless sensor application kit

IBM today said it teamed up with wireless sensor builder Libelium to offer what it calls an Internet of Things starter kit that would let customers deploy dozens of different sensor applications.

Created by IBM and Libelium engineers to ease application development, testing, and scalability of wireless sensor networks, the Kit integrates Libelium's Waspmote wireless sensor platform with IBM's Mote Runner software and 6LoWPAN, which lets any sensor and device to connect to the Internet using the IPv6 protocol.

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According to IBM, Mote Runner is an open software development platform that connects sensor and actuator motes within wireless sensor networks based on the IETF 6LoWPAN protocol specification. With the Internet of Things Starter Kit, a real-time operating system is integrated in Libelium Waspmote nodes to support more that 60 different sensors available off the shelf, letting developers build any application on top, IBM said. The Internet of Things SDK also includes the source code of the 6LoWPAN libraries so that researchers can modify and add their own algorithms and improvements. 

The companies say all manner of monitoring applications could be built with the package including energy and security monitoring or smart car parking and science-related systems.        

Gartner says that by 2020, there will be up to 30 billion devices connected with unique IP addresses creating what it calls an Internet of Things economy that will be worth close to $2 trillion and impacting a wide range of industries, such as healthcare, retail, and transportation."

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