Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Internet of Things Scavenger Hunt

I was recently talking with brilliant folks over in the AppsLab and learned about the scavenger hunt they ran in coordination with the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) at Kscope15, held recently in Florida.


The scavenger hunt, being IoT focused and incorporating mobile and wearable technologies, peaked my interest as it drew parallels from where this is happening right on the ground (literally at Kscope15) to where it is, and will be happening soon, with Oracle Cloud product and services.

The work flow of the hunt was straight forward:

  1. Register on site at the event or online (perhaps from your personal IoT enabled device/mobile phone)
  2. Get your smart badge, complete with a NFC (Near Field Communication) sticker attached
  3. Install the Kscope15 Scavenger Hunt app, including smartwatch apps, from the appropriate app store
  4. Find a task in the list in the mobile app you just installed
  5. Complete a task, many by having your NFC sticker (once provisioned) scanned by NFC readers hosted on Raspberry Pis using Java 8.
  6. Tweet with the appropriate hashtags from the account you used to register for bonus points
But behind the work flow of the hunt was a great deal of work leveraging a wide set of technologies: APEX, Java, React, Node.js, REST, PL/SQL, Android, Raspberry Pi, NFC, REST and Twilio servers and more (for full details on how the scavenger hunt was implemented, read Noel Portugal's write up here).

Several elements of the scavenger hunt stuck with me, that I've bubbled up as follow:

The Approachable Nature of the Internet of Things

IoT Enabled Device Cost and Availability - Most readers of this blog are well aware of the ever widening array of IoT enabled devices available, so these next statements surely won't come as earthshaking news, they will provide a very current example. Anyway, to bring the point across: While I didn't ask the price, knowing typical shoestring show budgets and given the fact that every attendee had one placed on their badge, the cost of the NFC (Near Field Communication) stickers used in the scavenger hunt appeals to even my frugal nature. They can quickly be found and ordered online from any number of shopping sites and be delivered right to your door within two days or so. And that's just one of a growing myriad of affordable types of end devices and sensors that are readily available. Temperature, humidity, light, sound, and so on. Plus the ridiculously affordable Raspberry Pi can be used as a gateway device and/or to host various sensors and more (check out Mark Heckler's blog series involving these topics as he moves the management of his own renewable energy embedded systems into the Cloud).

Low Barriers to Entry into the IoT and Cloud

Virtually every step in the creation of the scavenger hunt that was done on premises, barring the physical requirements such as attaching the NFC smart sensor to the Raspberry Pi, is or soon will be something that can be accomplished in the Oracle Cloud. And, from above, Mark Heckler is creating another prime example of what just one man can do with Oracle Cloud and IoT technologies and IoT enabled devices that could eventually be leveraged into real world solutions providing value even at low scale.

The Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service is coming soon. Node.js Cloud Service is coming soon. Developer Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service, Oracle Database Cloud Service (complete with Oracle Application Express (APEX) as used in the scavenger hunt) and Integration Cloud Service are among the many that are generally available and thriving.

In a very short period of time the convergence of Oracle Cloud Products and Services along with the Internet of Things as a whole will be, to harken back to a previous tag line, 'complete'. Full ALM in the Cloud; deployment in the Cloud; integration to Cloud services and On Premises solutions; gateways and end devices easily and securely connected. Simple. Integrated. Intelligent. (That's our new tag line, btw).

The Internet of Things is here. And there. And soon to be anywhere an end device or sensor can be placed, verging on ubiquity over time. It's likely most of us are already garnering something of use from the Internet of Things, be that from a wearable or IoT enabled security system and/or climate control system.  And while many of the creative-yet-'fluff'-appeal inventions in the IoT will quickly disappear as being as useful as the Pet Rock™, we will soon be finding ourselves benefiting in ways that will be superlative in nature as we are entertained, as we have more data to make wiser business decisions, and as we ultimately find our lives improved, extended or perhaps even saved.


Shameless Plug: Register for the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service webcast on October 14th to learn from Bhagat Nainani and Peter Utzschneider, with key partners Accenture Digital, GEMÜ and V2COM, how the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service can simplify how your business can drive shorter time to business value from IoT.



About the Author



Eric Renaud is a Senior Outbound Product Manager at Oracle working on Cloud Developer Outreach for Oracle Cloud Product and Services, including the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service. Just previously at Oracle he worked in the Java Product Group as Senior Outbound Product Manager focused on Embedded and M2M. Prior to Oracle, Eric worked at CollabNet as a Community Manager and Open Source Software Methodology Consultant for large enterprises leveraging Agile ALM SaaS and IaaS solutions in the Cloud.
Eric can be reached via LinkedIn. Follow Eric on Twitter @ejrenaud

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Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Join Oracle at the Asia IoT/M2M Business Platform Aug 25th & 26th

Join Oracle as we moderate the keynote panel for this industry-to-industry focused event. http://m2mbusiness-platform.com/jakarta/

Join Oracle speaker Cheng Kian Khor,
Director, Architecture, in the Oracle
Communications & Media Industry
Solutions Group


In addition to the keynote, Oracle's Internet of Things product team will be demonstrating our upcoming Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service, showing its industry changing potential in the IoT and M2M spaces as it enables business to unlock additional value through new services and by integrating IoT data with existing applications and processes. Join Oracle speaker Cheng Kian Khor, Director, Architecture, in the Oracle Communications & Media Industry Solutions Group.

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service provides a low barrier to entry for integrating the Internet of Things into your digital business strategy enabling you to create innovative services faster than your competitors with less risk. With Oracle as a trusted partner you can simplify and optimize how your business gains insights and drives action from IoT by securely monitoring and controlling real-time IoT data, at scale, between connected devices and your enterprise applications. As part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, the Oracle IoT Cloud Service provides an intelligent, integrated and simple solution in a highly scalable environment.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

mFrontiers highlights the value of Database Mobile Server and Oracle Cloud

This video from mFrontiers, an Oracle partner, describes how their solution leverages Oracle Cloud and Oracle Database Mobile Server.

 An excellent example of how Oracle technologies, particularly Cloud and Database Mobile Server, can help in a variety of critical applications.

http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/4331233511001

 Definitely worth watching...

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

An End-to-End Approach to IoT: Oracle Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)

Oracle has recently joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global, nonprofit partnership of industry, government and academia created to facilitate the development of a global ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Oracle understands that businesses are beginning to grasp the advantages of IoT both in terms of improving operational efficiency and extending external business opportunities. Oracle will actively work with the its fellow IIC members in order to  drive further IoT innovation through the creation of new industry use cases and testbeds for real-world applications, as well as to participate in the working committees and task forces to spur innovation and drive standards in the Internet of Things (IoT) a focus on Industry.

Founded in March of 2014, the IIC catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. The IIC is an open membership organization, with over 180 members from 26 countries, formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work.

Thursday Jun 18, 2015

Launch Event: Integrate, Accelerate and Lead with the Oracle Cloud Platform

Register to watch live as Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle, unveils new Oracle Cloud Platform services.

PaaS Launch

Discover how you can drive innovation with the leading enterprise Cloud platform:

  • Integrate with next-generation Cloud services.
  • Accelerate application development and deployment.
  • Lead the transformation of your business.

Tune-in early, live interviews start at 10:00 a.m. Register today.

Join the conversation: #OraclePaaS

Will you be in Northern California on June 22? Join us in Redwood Shores.

Live demos will be held, including a preview of the roadmapped Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

New IoT article on Forbes- Preparing for IoT and What You Need to Know

Interesting new article on Forbes just released around getting your business ready for the Internet of Things: 7 Important Points In Preparing For The ;

Great insights on some critical areas to consider from the very start of your program. Read the story at:

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Why is the Oracle IoT Team at Mobile World Congress 2015?

We’re at Mobile World Congress (#MWC15) because it’s time for Oracle’s IoT vision to be part of your digital strategy -- and we have some cutting edge solutions to show you.

Namely, we’ll be showing use cases built on the upcoming Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service. Our experts will show you how to easily deliver innovative new services faster with less risk, as well as securely manage bi-directional, real-time IoT data at scale between connected devices and your enterprise applications and technologies.

Our innovative approach also features an end-to-end, IoT business use case successfully leveraging the Oracle Cloud. Edge devices will use the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service to integrate with and provide data for Oracle enterprise applications in the cloud or in your data center.

Our demonstration will illustrate how to:

  • Realize the value of IoT data at rest and in-flight, with other data streams, to improve business decisions and actions using intelligent devices, event processing & data analytics
  • Integrate devices with business processes and enterprise applications to ensure the right data is available to the right application at the right time, to enhance operational efficiency and deliver new value-added services.
  • Harness the business potential of IoT data with a standards-based cloud service that gathers and pre-processes device & application data & routes information to the correct back-end process & data store.

For more information, come and see us at MWC booth #3B20 or contact your Oracle Sales Representative.. Keep an eye on this blog or bookmark http://oracle.com/iot for future announcements on the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

http://oracle.com/iot

Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

MWC15: Simplify and optimize how your enterprise realizes value from IoT data as part of your digital strategy

MWC 15 - Learn more about Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions from Oracle

This year, Oracle is showcasing a use case built upon the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service which allows your enterprise to gain business insights and drive action from IoT data. The Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service will enable your enterprise to deliver innovative new services faster with less risk by securely managing bi-directional, real-time IoT data at scale between connected devices and a wide spectrum of Oracle enterprise applications and technologies.

Oracle will demonstrate how a variety of intelligent edge devices can utilize the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service to integrate with, and provide IoT data for, a range of Oracle enterprise applications.  The demonstration will illustrate how to:

  • Realize the value of IoT data at rest and in-flight, with other data streams, to improve business decisions and actions using intelligent devices, event processing & data analytics.
  • Integrate devices with business processes and enterprise applications to ensure the right data is available to the right application at the right time, to enhance operational efficiency and deliver new value-added services.
  • Harness the business potential of IoT data with a standards-based cloud service that gathers and pre-processes device & application data & routes information to the correct back-end process & data store.

For more information, come and see us at MWC booth #3B20 or contact your Oracle Sales Representative for more information.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

http://oracle.com/iot

Monday Jan 26, 2015

The Internet of Things from a Consumer Perspective

The stakes are as high as the hurdles for retailers, and really any business to consumer organization, with respect to the Internet of Things.[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

New Whitepaper- Java and IoT: The Intelligent Platform for the Connected Vehicle

Check out this new Telematics & IoT whitepaper that was just released by Oracle.

Question: Has the modern vehicle become the next computing platform to deploy new applications and drive new levels of value for consumer and manufacturers?

Java and IoT: The Intelligent Platform for the Connected Vehicle.

http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/internetofthings/java-iot-connected-vehicle-wp-2401533.pdf

 

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Oracle & Java Technology helps Enable the Internet of Things

 Check out how Java is making the Internet of things a reality for industry leaders like Tridium, V2Com, Prosyst and Bosch. Videos below:

  • Tridium Benefits from the Open Framework of Java - John Sublett, CTO for Tridium, shares how running a Java open framework beneath Tridium’s open framework allows for leveraging the entire Java ecosystem while also delivering well-described device data for analytics and higher value applications. (Video)
  • V2COM Delivers Better Solutions with Oracle and Java - V2COM delivers connectivity solutions to utilities. In the legacy environment there were a very diverse set of protocols to address. Java was the perfect fit for fast time to market. (Video)
  • Java Makes Product Development Easier for ProSyst - Dr. Dimitar Valtchev, CTO for ProSyst, chooses Java for its stable, mature platform that continues to be developed with new and improved features making product development for ProSyst easier. (Video)
  • Bosch Software Innovations Leverages Java to Manage Big Data - Troy Foster, Chief Technology Officer for Americas of Bosch Software Innovations, shares why they chose the technology of Java to power Bosch on the backend to create a massive distributed enterprise architecture. (Video)

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

IoT sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne are just a few weeks away! If IoT is your passion, please be sure to check out some of these fine sessions and demos at both events. 1. Focus On (key sessions) IoT Infrastructure at OpenWorld 2014 https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2014/connect/focusOnDoc.do?focusID=18568 2. Focus on (key sessions) IoT Infrastructure at JavaOne 2014 https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2014/connect/focusOnDoc.do?focusID=18549

Monday Aug 11, 2014

Check out IoT at JavaOne!

We are always creating new IoT applications and encouraging others to improve them. Lhings is the networking tool that let us make it very easy. This time we wanted to make something we use in our everyday lives which is traditionally non-technical, as is a table, to be connected to the Internet and then provide new services that could be useful in some applications" explains José Pereda, who is part of the Lhings team. Based in Spain, the team won a JavaOne trip during IoT Developer Challenge.  

"We wanted to show that IoT is useful in real scenarios and it's accessible to anyone. Likewise, we would like to encourage developers to reproduce and improve it!" further explains José. You will get a chance to meet them at JavaOne.  

In the Internet of Things session track at JavaOne, you will learn about Java Embedded and discover great applications. Register today with the Flash Sale code DFS4, you will save US $400   

José is also presenting four talks at JavaOne

  • JavaFX 3D: Advanced Application Development
  • How to Build the Game 2048 with JavaFX and Java 8: Lessons Learned
  • Debugging and Profiling Robots with James Gosling
  • Create the Game 2048 with Java 8 and JavaFX 

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

VDC Research Webcast: Engineering Business Value in the IoT with Java 8

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM PDT, 12:30 PM EDT, 17:30 GMT


The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) opens up new service-driven opportunities, delivering increased efficiencies, better customer value, and improved quality of life. Realizing the full potential of the Internet of Things requires that we change how we view and build devices. These next-generation systems provide the core foundation of the services, rapidly transforming data to information to value. From healthcare to building control systems to vehicle telematic systems, the IoT focuses on how conneted devices can become more intelligent, enhance interoperability with other devices, systems and services, and drive timely decisions while delivering real business return for all.

Join this webcast to learn about:
  • Driving both revenue opportunities and operational efficiencies for the IoT value chain
  • Leveraging Java to make devices more secure
  • How Java can help overcome resource gaps around intelligent connected devices
  • Suggestions on how to better manage fragmentation in embedded devices

Register here:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=793757&s=1&k=4EA8426D0D31C60A2EDB139635FF75AB

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