Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: IoT, connected Cars…. and boats

I was wondering when I entered in the Exhibitors Halls, if I was really at the mobile world congress or at a World Wide Automotive Show. Nearly every booth has a car to demonstrate a mobile phone on wheels… But for Oracle: we do have a boat! We demonstrate how the usage of the 300 sensors embedded in the America’s Cup sailing boat, can drive real-time human decisions. Of course, this is one of the many use cases we do have. I won’t go through the entire list from communications, connected cars to smart grids, analytic and Cloud enable mobile applications. I will rather focus on a rather interesting embedded topic as the trend around IoT (Internet of Things) is huge.

I already touch on this during my last OOW blog. As we are in a (very) small world (i.e. the device can be very small), the BOM (bill of material) needs to be at the right price, the right energy consumption and provide a very long life cycle: you don’t want your car to break after one year, or to face complex upgrades every 6 months and be connected (physically) with your repair shop too often. That’s where Java comes into play, because it provides the right footprint, management and life cycle. The new thing we are showing today is Java TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) integrated in hardware. This brings security inside the device by providing a secure store for your keys. As security is a major concern in IoT, especially for large industrial projects like connected Cars, Smart Grid, Smart Energy or even Healthcare. You don’t want your devices to be temper, either for 1) safety reason or 2) frauds. And Java is very good in all IoT uses cases, even for stronger security requirement, that for example, Gemalto is implementing with it.

To help you get there, Gemalto's Cinterion concept board enables you to quickly prototype your embedded devices and connect them securely (even your dart board)...


On the other side of those devices, you have you!…. That needs to make enrich decisions… That’s where data (and analytics) comes into play. And for this part, I invite you to join us in Paris, on March 19th on a special event around Data Challenges for Business. Ganesh Ramamurthy, Oracle VP Software Development in our Engineering System group will be with us to explain what Oracle Systems brings to manage and analyze all your Data. He will be with Cofely Services - GDF Suez, Bouygues Telecom and Centre Hospitalier de Douai, who will share their experiences.

Comments:

Hello Eric,
Thank you for this post, very interesting as usual. However, for me, this question of upgrade/update to do every x months remains open.
You only claim that "That’s where Java comes into play, because it provides the right footprint, management and life cycle". I would like to believe you. But, for what I know, maintenance cycles are far from being equal for a car and for pieces of software. For cars, we count in years, for software we count in weeks, months in the best cases.

Are things changing in this area ? Could you be more specific on this topic ?

A très bientôt avec toute mon amitié,

René

Posted by René on février 27, 2014 at 04:46 PM CET #

Hi René,

I should have been more specific (not always easy in a blog post). Java is a big world, going from Javacard, through Java ME, Java SE and the one you are more often use to in DataCenter, Java EE.

So for the IoT side of the devices, we are more talking about Javacard and Java ME, with different scope, footprint (line of codes, functions) and so impact on upgrade and life cycle. Java is already present in this space (i.e. cars telematic for example), fulfilling very well its life cycle requirement that you correctly stated.

Hope this clarify the point.

A bientôt,
Eric

Posted by Eric on février 27, 2014 at 05:22 PM CET #

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