Eclipse Backs Open Source For Internet Of Things

Darryl K. Taft | TechWeek Europe | January 23, 2014

Eclipse Foundation calls for the Internet of Things to be based on open source technology

The Eclipse Foundation is seeking to create a strong open-source developer community that is focused on the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT), which extends internet connectivity beyond traditional devices like desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilise embedded technology to communicate and interact with the external environment, opens up a world of new opportunity for developers. And Eclipse, the community for developers and organisations that want to collaborate on open source software, wants to help.

Building Blocks

“Our goal at Eclipse is to be the open source community that provides the basics technology building blocks for the Internet of Things,” Ian Skerrett, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation, told eWEEK. “We believe for the Internet of Things to be successful it needs to be based on open standards and open source. The current state of the IoT industry is a lot of proprietary vendors attempting to lock customers into their own solutions and protocols.”