IBM Unveils IoT Foundation, Extends Bluemix PaaS with Fully Managed Cloud Service Offering

20 October 2014
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IBM Unveils IoT Foundation, Extends Bluemix PaaS with Fully Managed Cloud Service Offering Image Credit: IBM Internet of Things Foundation

IBM, last week unveiled IBM Internet of Things Foundation to provide developers a quick and easy method to build an IoT application and to extend an Internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the cloud. The new cloud-based software-as-a-service is part of IBM's Bluemix, an open-standard, cloud platform for building, managing and running applications of all types, including for the web, mobile, big data and smart devices. 

The fully managed cloud service offering also enables devices to collect the data and send real-time insights back to the developer’s business. 

According to IBM, by placing all this connectivity in the cloud, equipment and asset manufacturers can use IoT to provide remote service and monitoring to residential and commercial customers, for example oil and gas companies can remotely monitor and provide predictive maintenance for critical equipment while logistics companies can track and monitor the condition of goods in transit. The cloud application also allows insurance companies to provide pay-as-you-go insurance, which allows city administrators to make critical infrastructure smarter and give automobile manufacturers the ability to provide new connected services for vehicles, added IBM.

IBM also is announcing plans to form a partner program for IoT, along with a set of certified instructions, or “recipes,” for connecting devices, sensors and gateways from a variety of its partners. The company is expected to include ARM, B&B Electronics, Elecsys, Intel, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. and Texas Instruments as partners for the program.

Think of the IoT Foundation as an extremely fast on ramp to the cloud for the millions of intelligent IoT devices that are now being shipped, and the billions already Internet connected. While many vendors are talking about IoT, we’ve led thousands of engagements and are one of the first to enable business to rapidly gain access to the big data that billions of sensors, chips, controllers and RFID tags generate. Combined with our proven cloud, analytics, mobile and security capabilities, IBM provides one of the most comprehensive IoT solutions for clients to derive new business insights and competitive advantage.

-             John R. Thompson, vice president, Internet of Things, IBM   


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