Internet Of Things and Open Source


Srinidhi Murthy

Internet of Things is technological break through that affects our lives in ways unimaginable before. It has a wide spectrum of application ranging from the Micro to the Macro, from our daily essentials to nuclear reactors and much more.

Getting an IoT product out in the market is an extremely task. There are challenges involved are in design of Hardware, Software, Cloud and Analytic’s components. However there are quiet a few common areas amongst all products. The need for sensors to be connected via wired or wireless mediums to centralized severs, data collection, interpretation and analysis on the data.

The challenges in each of the components can be overcome by using Open Source technologies. We talk about a few of them below.

Open Hardware, Software and Standards

Using tried and tested industrial grade components, sensors, development boards and commercial friendly open source software licenses for products saves a lot of over head in development of components and its sub sequence testing. It also reduces the time to market of the products as the based Hardware and software are already available and only custom changes specific to the product under development needs effort.

Open platforms like the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Beagle Bone enable developers with limited hardware and low-level software expertise to develop applications in days rather than months. If the correct platforms are chosen, leveraging open source technologies that communicate with each other can significantly reduce the time and effort to get prototypes from paper to production.

Working with multiple vendors and platforms, doors are opened for new innovation. Such partnerships lays the foundation for a new generation of connected applications that can be developed independently from the devices on which they will run.

Usage of such components in products changes the mindset of the the key stake holders in the industry and the reluctance to accept them as standards is overcome.

Ecosystem and support community

Once an open source standards is released, it is almost immediately adapted by evangelists that are ready to embrace new technology and explore them to the fullest. This creates a very large ecosystem of variations of the standards that have been released and thus create a very large ecosystem.

Such evangelists are also helpful in terms of support and can help in quicker resolution of issues faced during product development, thus creating a more robust product and also reducing the time to market of the product.


No one knows what the future is for the Internet of things but committing to standards and open source platforms will help drive the Internet of things innovation and bring products to market faster. Standards will also ensure technology inter-op and open source platforms ensure that both hardware and software components can be reused as product platforms evolve.


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