How do you like your IoT these days? How about "crypto-fitted" with some #RaspberryPI, #honeycombOS and #IOTA 's #Hornet node anyone?
For those with an IoT "uber geek" appetite, there is now a really fast, low cost way to add crypto into your IoT project.
Really, the IOTA Foundation "IF" and attached community is certainly surging ahead of the pack in making the Machine2Machine market happen, "crypto-fitting" the existing great software and hardware building blocks that are already out there in IoT land, to really "change the playing field" for the better when it comes to Smart "Anything".
Kudos to the #IF and their #IOTA Ecosystem Grant program which has enabled Bernardo to do most of the heavy "crypto-fitting" of #Poky, a #Linux embedded distro of the #YOCTO project, integrating IOTA's compact Hornet node into the Poky Distro running on the power of a Raspberry PI, a very well known, accepted, low cost, low power SBC "Single board computer" well entrenched in today's IoT "custom chop shop" IoT space.
It's efforts like this which deserve lots of press, so here goes.
Multiple New IoT Crypto Market Creations: Over night.
Any embedded developer's life looking to integrate crypto_currency network node capabilities, busy slaving away on Linux in the world of RaspberryPI, has just been given a New Year's jump start to shorten their time to market, regardless of the market segment they are focused on.
The 64Bit ARM 7 processor cooked in to the "Pi"s SBC does have some "horsepower" with variants having different memory and I/O capabilities to service pretty well, any IoT controller + sensor(s) application might need when it comes to interactive control and monitoring, logging and forwarding of attached sensor data.
The big question in my mind has always been, can the Pi SBC handle 'in tandem', solving PoW "Proof of Work"puzzles, two of them, reasonably quickly to become a node in the IOTA crypto_currency transaction settlement network, with the frequency needed by the sensors executing the transaction (publishing rate measured in seconds or minutes, or more) where the Pi SBC is acting as a "proxy" master/gateway controller to their attached slave sensors, giving each its own ID and "personality" (configured behavior) , where such sensors are looking to "sell" their data (securely, accept payment for sending data, responding to data requests, recorded permanently/immutably to the DL "Distributed Ledger" ) or at least, as sensor send their published data or messages and respond to same (via MAMS) across the IOTA Distributed Public Permission-less Ledger called the #TANGLE ? Big run on question, no doubt, but a burning one in my head (for a few years), nonetheless.
Well now the building blocks are in place to find out how far we can go with a PI SBC "crypto-fitted", a BIG step forward for the world of IoT.
PI Alternatives: Lots of IoT SBC Choices to "Crypto-fit" out there.
While the Pi is arguably the most popular SBC out there (they were first), there are plenty of competitive SBC offers in the "Embedded" market capable of running Poky+Hornet: here is a quick run down with links just for Raspberry Pi 3 Alternatives:
Raspberry Pi 4, BananaPi, ASUS TinkerBoard S, ODROID-XU4, BeagleBoard X15, OrangePi PC Plus, Nano-PC-T4, Pine RockPro64, Nano Pi M4, LattePanda Alpha 864
What's in an IoT SBC name? My personal favourite name for sure is BeagleBoard, only because it sounds cool. ;)
The above are important because YOCTO itself, an Embedded Linux project effort in the world of open source, has been used to build similar derivations of Poky on these alternative SBCs like honeycombOS, or they use Poky themselves, where some of these SBC BSPs "Board Support Packages" have their own market focus with built-in add ons, mainly in software, and a few in hardware tailored for specific IoT applications. So it's not a stretch for these existing IoT Embedded Linux projects to port their apps on to honeycombOS, easy peasy for the IoT Linux uber geek. The benefits to the IoT project owner looking to add crypto capabilities and join the M2M Economy in the process is that of being six to nine months faster to market versus DIY "Do it Yourself" or "Not invented here" approaches. It's a simple business decision.
If you truly are interested in the M2M Economy and want to know a little bit more check out this "Sea of IoT" hardware. Seriously it's the IoT uber-geek's swimming pool.
Raspian the native OS of the Raspberry Pi currently commands about 44% of the "uber geek" IoT market today, so IOTA's support of that Pi SBC hardware platform via a Yocto derivative like Bernardo's honeycombOS effort, which is very close to Raspian, bodes well and, acceptance among the IoT uber geeks should be good..
IOTA's Addressable Market Coverage for IoT just grew, Exponentially: Crypto-Fitting the Pi SBC Market Segment
Whenever a technology supplier expands an Addressable Market rapidly with a "step change" of new value (crypto-fitting), opportunities abound for existing and new entrants taking advantage of the new found core value created.
I submit any existing IoT developer with any sort of "uber geek" in them, will be looking at this development by IOTA very closely, evaluating what it will take in terms of effort/time to "crypto-fit" their existing application. There are a lot of them types out there, in all levels in the Embedded space, technical and business who should look at the meta-ito + honeycombOS on Pi effort closely, it will be time well spent.
It comes down to the "manager" class within these IoT Embedded Software developer shops to take notice (likely via Medium or Linkedin), understanding this new value is "HIGHLY disruptive". To me, that means re-forming the team to be a bit more "crypto-centric" in their priorities, whether they be developers, test engineers or Devops experts, they all need to sit down together and discuss the strategy to be taken WITH the manager, before jumping right in and "burning the mid-night oil" to get 'er done.
Time, and the number of Stars and Watchers in Github will tell the degree to which IOTA and Bernardo have impacted the IoT market.
Getting the word out, basic Awareness is 50% of the challenge. 25% of the challenge is education, and 25% is integration, test, and business development effort.
Personally, I am excited, really excited by this new development. I can use what I have skills wise and acquire cheap "low cost" OTS "Off the Shelf" ARM equipped SBCs to take a run at this and prove to myself it all works for my application, for very little money, not a lot of time, backed up with excellent open source documentation and community that will help out when I get "stumped" along the way.
"Moon & Stars" Todd Young Original Artist
Investor Impact: A "To the Moon" journey time has just been shortened by IOTA - ETA of IOTA Big Upside: Mid 2021?
IMO this new combination of IOTA Hornet+PI+honeycombOS development switches out the fuel source from "regular" to "hi-octane", development, test and DevOps in IoT all became a little easier and a little faster when crypto-fitting IoT apps with same. IoT developers building SBC solutions using Linux just saved 6 to 9 months hardcore development time, not to mention the huge "know how transfer" they get following the meta-iota + honeycombOS path to successfully "crypto-fit" their existing or upcoming IoT project.
Also IOTA is on the verge of Coordicide later this year which truly distributes consensus approval of transaction attachment to IOTA's Tangle distributed public permissionless ledger and, we are also likely to see early IOTA test networks with IOTA's #QUBIC smart contracts "SCs" being deployed later in 2020 to be refined for production deployment in 2021 2 scale (supporting lots of TPS "Transactions per second", I mean lots).
That means IoT SBC controllers which are meta-iota+honeycombOS equipped can have their IoT sensors publish/sell and interact with Smart contracts securely mounted and distributed on the #TANGLE @scale, and that means greater M2M Economy market reach and lots of device sales, not to mention growth in service/support revenue for the savvy "IoT centred" company understanding the value of "crypto-fitting" their IoT project with IOTA.
Those of you crypto investors looking for a 3rd party deep dive on IOTA's upside in 2020 and beyond from an investor perspective have a look here for a quick meta view and some links to other sources.
Solely from my embedded IoT perspective, having lived that Linux Embedded world professionally for more than a few years, I would say now is a good time "to ante up" or maybe even partially "switch horses" and acquire a few MIOTAs as IOTA truly is making good on their earlier promises, in very quick order.
TK over and out.