President’s Letter, March 2020

 

Dear friends,

The past couple of months have been unprecedented for all of us and 2020 is presenting itself with many twists and turns impacting our daily lives both at work and home.  Most of us have been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another and on behalf of OSGi Alliance, I want to extend our best wishes that you, your family, and your friends remain healthy during these difficult times.  Let us all hope for a successful response to this virus outbreak, minimal illness and loss of life, and a return to a more “normal” life soon.

As always, thank you in advance for your continued support of OSGi Alliance and please read more below for details on OSGi Alliance activities including an update on the OSGi IoT Vision and an overview of our ongoing collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium.

I would also like to welcome our newest member, rebaze GmbH, a strategic software delivery consultancy building ecosystems for high-performance and innovative developers.

Thank you for your support and interest in OSGi Alliance and please do your best to stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Dan Bandera
President
OSGi Alliance

OSGi IoT Vision

The OSGi Alliance started more than 20 years ago with the mission to develop specifications for connected homes and buildings – something we now consider part of the Internet of Things. Over the last couple of months, we have worked on an update of our IoT vision that describes challenges and requirements, and how OSGi addresses these in the chaotic IoT standards landscape. The challenges and requirements are not necessarily all new, but the ever-growing IoT landscape now requires more than ever, standards that ensures IoT solutions are economically and technically sustainable, maintainable, agile and evolvable over many decades. The OSGi Alliance with its specification for standardized software modularity and life-cycle management, connectivity of IoT devices, device management and software provisioning have been industry proven for many years with millions of deployments. The IoT Expert Group will continue to work on new specifications such as interoperability with oneM2M and support for real-time environments.

Please review the OSGi Alliance IoT vision and give us your feedback. Should you feel that we are on the right track, please join us and help us to make sustainable IoT solutions a reality.

News from Industrial Internet Consortium

The resources of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) – developed collaboratively by industry experts from around the globe and across all industries – give organizations the guidance needed to strategically apply digital technologies and achieve digital transformation.

The online IIoT Project Explorer will help OSGi Alliance members better understand the requirements and risks of their projects while providing actionable guidance with relevant tools in our resource hub. The Maturity Assessment tool takes you further by helping you understand your overall organizational readiness for IIoT and highlighting areas that may soon need to be enhanced.

Do you have security concerns? The IIC’s IoT Security Maturity Model: Practitioner’s Guide provides a pragmatic approach, enabling implementation teams to communicate an IoT system’s current state of security through confident discussions with business stakeholders about the desired state of security maturity, where gaps exist and a roadmap for achieving their goal.

Solving real problems is the goal at IIC. Their Smart Buildings Challenge exemplifies this mission, and they have more IoT Challenges in the pre-planning stages. Subscribe to be alerted to challenge launches.

Learn more at www.iiconsortium.org and follow IIC on Twitter and LinkedIn.