Leading tech company IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Libelium, a wireless sensor network hardware provider, released Monday an Internet of Things Starter Kit.
It aims to enable dozens of sensor applications ranging from monitoring parking spaces or air pollution to providing assistance for the elderly.
The new Internet of Things Starter Kit is created by IBM scientists and Libelium engineers to ease application development, testing, and scalability of wireless sensor networks (WSN).
It integrates Libelium’s Waspmote wireless sensor platform with IBM’s Mote Runner software and 6LoWPAN, which allows every single sensor and device to connect directly to the Internet using the new IPv6 protocol.
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.
RMN Digital adds: Internet of Things (a.k.a. Internet of Everything) is an ambitious future computing concept. It aims to connect all objects and even people in the world with Internet. All of them will have unique identifiers that could be monitored with the help of computers.
It’s estimated that over 30 billion objects will be connected wirelessly with Internet of Things by the year 2020. However, it’s not yet clear how this concept will help businesses or people at large. Top tech companies in the world are working to find applications around Internet of Things.
With the new 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,” allowing developers to easily build any application on top.
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 Waspmote Mote Runner Developer Kit is available at: http://www.libelium.com/waspmote-mote-runner-6lowpan