Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT Battleground

Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT Battleground


The Internet of Things is driving an abundant amount of investment to the middleware tier. This involves activity among larger companies and numerous start-ups in developing platforms. The good news is that many of these platforms are using some common standards, noted Ian Skerrett, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation.

Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace.

The IoT is quietly gaining momentum as companies develop software to connect all sorts of consumer products to the Internet. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers’ connections.

Could history be ripe for repeating itself as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT? Based on the victories in some early skirmishes, innovations developed by open source start-ups may be the David in the here-again fight against proprietary Goliaths.

Submitted by: Jack M. Germain


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