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OmegaDevCloud from RacoWireless to Simplify IoT and M2M Development

By Rich Tehrani, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC  |  November 13, 2014

The Internet of Things is transforming the world before our very eyes as the infusion of connectivity allows objects to capture enormous amounts of intelligence and subsequently use this information to drive businesses to run more efficiently and allow consumers to have better lives. Today, applications like smart thermostats save consumers money while ensuring their comfort thanks to motion sensing and intelligence related to user preferences.

One of the challenges the industry faces, though, is how to rapidly roll out new applications. Perhaps just as important is how to get developers to develop without first training them on every type of wireless network. This is where OmegaDevCloud from RacoWireless comes in. Developers now don't need to start from scratch when developing new M2M and IoT applications, as they can utilize the standardization engine the company provides, which interfaces with multiple wireless ecosystems.

In fact, in a conversation with company president John Horn (News - Alert) and Landon Garner, director of marketing, I got to hear how RacoWireless wants to be known as the company that allows this transformation to happen by making it easy for companies to build, deploy, and manage M2M solutions.

The benefit for developers is obvious. They can get to market much more quickly. How much faster? Well John tells me that it could take five minutes instead of two to three days thanks to the drag-and-drop interface the system employs.

Regardless of what network you're looking to connect to – whether it’s cellular, ZigBee or Bluetooth – they're all included; so once again, no need to know the actual wireless network protocols. Just develop and get to market quickly, and hopefully start making money.

According to Carl Ford at CrossFire Media: “The significance of the Omega DevCloud announcement is that the telecom standards and the platform limitations are bypassed in favor of giving the developer direct access to the sensors via their specific RESTFUL APIs and the JSON framework. Thus, direct app development to the sensors can be put in place that keeps the developer in [its] own sandbox rather than suffering telecom java (not script) and platform APIs.” 

Going forward, John tells me there are a couple things the company wants to do. It’s going to add to the ecosystem while simultaneously simplifying it.

With ultimately billions of the devices out there that have to be managed, programmed and connected, it makes sense to use the easiest interface you can possibly find, one which allows you to speak to as many of these different devices and wireless networks as possible.

As M2M Evolution magazine Executive Editor Paula Bernier (News - Alert) wrote for TMCnet in a posting last year, Horn has been promoting RACO’s “teams, tools, and transport”, which was its theme at last year’s CTIA (News - Alert) event.

“We try to do everything we can to provide additional support behind the curtain,” he told her in a conversation in May of 2013, adding that RACO doesn’t want to compete with it customers, but it does want to make M2M easier for them.

Indeed, RACO Wireless last year was recognized for its “comprehensive product portfolio, strong focus on new product development, and exceptional speed of execution.

“With the addition of Sprint (News - Alert), Rogers Communications, and Telefonica to its list of support carriers, RACO Wireless has expanded the number of services available to customers and partners through its Web-based Omega Management Suite,” according to a press release announcing the award.

RACO’s Omega Management Suite expedites the delivery of M2M solutions. Developers can even add their own applications by leveraging Omega Ricochet APIs.

The RACO Wireless “relationships with Sprint, Rogers Communications, and Telefonica (News - Alert) are unique, and allow it to continue providing the simplified value that it is known for,” Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Vikrant Gandhi said at the time. “Additionally, RACO Wireless commits to high service-level agreements in all its M2M deployments.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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