Tuesday, May 24, 2016

IoT Week Belgrade - May 31 - June 2, 2016

IoT Week Belgrade is taking place next week from May 31 to June 2 and we are pleased to be a partner of this event that has representatives from industry and academia from across the globe.

Kai Hackbath, from ProSyst / Bosch, and the Co-Chair of the OSGi Residential Expert Group, will be making a Keynote presentation on:

Is Industrial IoT a disruptive innovation in manufacturing?

The 3 day conference will cover IoT topics from a business and research perspective.  Key areas being discussed include:
  • Smart cities
  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Privacy Protection

You can find further details and register for the conference at http://iot-week.eu.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Users' Forum Meeting in Berlin - April 27

The OSGi Users' Forum Germany are holding a meeting on 27 April, 2016 in Berlin at the Bosch Software Innovations training centre.

The meeting will take place between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs and has a focus on OSGi and IoT.

Thanks to Bosch Software Innovations for their support by hosting the meeting.

Registration is required. Full details and the agenda are available (in German) on the event home page.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OSGi at Chicago JUG - Tues 19 April

****************************************** UPDATE  *******************************************
Due to demand a larger room has been laid on by LIferay.  Please now head to 2nd Floor Conference Room A at the same location.

The Chicago JUG is kindly hosting two OSGi talks next week on Tuesday 19 April.  

The OSGi Alliance Expert Groups are in Chicago next week for a face-to-face meeting and it is a good opportunity to come and meet some of the OSGi Experts.  

The two talks are:
  • Intro to OSGi – The Microservices Kernel - Peter Kriens (aQute) and Tim Ward (Paremus
  • Maximize the Power of OSGi - Carsten Ziegeler (Adobe) and David Bosschaert (Adobe)

The evening starts at 18.00hrs and is kindly being hosted by Liferay at 205 W. Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor Conference Room A Suite 720, Chicago, IL.  [MAP]

Registration is essential to secure a place and access to the meeting.  You can find more details and how to register on the Chicago JUG meetup page.

Thanks to the Chicago JUG and Liferay for their support for this event.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

OSGi @ CeBIT 2016 - March 14 to 18, Hannover

20 Complimentary Tickets Available
 Please Read On to Find out How to Request One

The OSGi Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be at CeBIT computer expo in Hannover, Germany next week from March 14 to 18. You will be able to find us in the IoT Solutions Eurotech & Partner space on stand E77 in Hall13 (see the press release).

Thanks to the support of OSGi Alliance member Eurotech and the CeBIT organizers the OSGi Alliance will be running an OSGi IoT demo and also presenting at the conference.

OSGi IoT Demo @ CeBIT

The OSGi IoT demo will be using LEGO®️ trains to show how simple it is to build, interoperate, run and change live services running in edge devices, gateways and the cloud using OSGi and OSGi enRoute. The seamless interoperation of open source projects and commercial products in the demo delivers an extensible and evolvable standards-based OSGi IoT solution.

The CeBIT demo is an extension of the 2015 Community Event demo with the inclusion of Eclipse Kura, Eurotech DynaCOR and Eurotech ReliaGATE 10-20 gateways. The demo will now allow stand visitors to interact with sensors that affect the trains' behavior.

You can find us and the demo in the IoT Solutions Eurotech & Partner space on stand E77 in Hall 13.  There will be a number of other real word OSGi based IoT solutions on show in this space too from Eurotech partners and customers. These include analytics and predictive maintenance from Hitachi High-Tech Europe, industrial PLC integration, smart energy from Misurio Ltd., managed PDU from Om7Sense, facility management/retail from FSI Ltd., people counting, and smart city/environmental monitoring.

Please be sure to stop by stand E77 to see all the OSGi demos.

Thanks to the following OSGi Alliance contributors and members for making the OSGi IoT LEGO®️ train demo happen at CeBIT:

OSGi Presentation @ CeBIT

Board member, and former president, Richard Nicholson will be representing the OSGi Alliance and presenting “Business and IoT - Economic Alchemy or Another Anticlimax ?” on Tuesday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m in Hall 13 at stand E48.  His presentation will review the fundamental characteristics required for any pervasive IoT solution to transform markets and businesses, and he will discuss the central importance of an industry standard for software modularity.

This presentation is part of the CeBIT Communication and IoT SOLUTIONS Forum.

Interested in a Complimentary Ticket to CeBIT 2016?

The OSGi Alliance has 20 Complimentary Tickets available for attendance at CeBIT 2016 next week.  These will be provided on a 'first come, first served' basis.  To request a ticket please send an email to us providing your name, company name (if applicable) and your home country.

We will then provide you with a dedicated url for you to register for your complimentary CeBIT ticket online.

We hope to see you in Hannover next week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Building the IoT with OSGi - Jaxenter

There is a great article published earlier this week in Jaxenter talking about the important role that OSGi has to play in IoT.  The article is by Tim Verbelen from iMinds. Tim is an invited contributor at the OSGi Alliance.

Tim discusses how the OSGi service model offers an elegant and easy way to deal with the challenges presented by the sheer volume of different devices, APIs and protocols, and the different lifecycle requirements that they all have.

The big improvements in OSGi tooling from Bndtools and OSGi enRoute are also covered.  If you haven't checked these out for yourself then they are definitely worth a look.

The article goes on to look at a Smart Home Dashboard case study that Tim has been working on with his colleagues at iMinds.

And to emphasise the concluding point - you can get involved with the OSGi IoT Expert Group to help define and deliver the specifications to further improve the IoT experience and ensure that the interfaces to all of these devices are interoperable.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Dates - OSGi Developer Certification Professional Exams

The OSGi Alliance Developer Certification team are pleased to announce he first four dates for the OSGi Developer Certification - Professional exam in 2016.

We will be considering further dates and locations throughout the year depending upon demand. So if you are interested and these dates or locations don't work for you please let the Developer Certification team know your suggestions for other dates and locations.

The first exam for 2016 is being held in London, UK on Friday 11 March between 9.30am and 1.00pm.

A full list of the locations and dates that have been announced so far are as follows:

Date & Time Location
Fri 11 Mar, 2016. 9.30pm to 1.00pm London, UK BOOK NOW
Fri 15 Apr, 2016. 9.30pm to 1.00pm New York, NY, USA BOOK NOW
Mon 24 31*Oct, 2016. 1.30pm to 5.00pm Ludwigsburg, Germany BOOK NOW
Fri 25 Nov, 2016. 9.30pm to 1.00pm São Paulo, Brazil BOOK NOW

We have maintained the 2015 price for the exam at $500 per person, and the discounted student price of $200 (which requires proof if student status).

The exam is 3.5 hours in duration and consists of three sections:
  • Section 1 – written questions and answers, consisting of both multiple choice and open questions.
  • Section 2 – a practical assignment with working deliverables developed and submitted for assessment.
  • Section 3 – a practical troubleshooting assignment. Here OSGi bundles are provided and answers should be written on the exam paper.
Details of the exam topics that may be covered along with answers to other FAQ can be found on the OSGi Alliance Developer Certification webpage.

If you have any questions please contact the Developer Certification team at the OSGi Alliance by email.

*Ludwigsburg exam date changed to 24 Oct to align with planned OSGi Community Event.

Monday, January 25, 2016

OSGi IoT Developer Hack Challenge with Bosch

OSGi Alliance Strategic Member, Bosch, is organising a Hack Challenge for developers that will include the opportunity to experiment with OSGi technology to implement industrial IoT solutions for the Bosch Power Tool range of products.

The Hack Challenge is free to attend and participate and it will take place at the Bosch ConnectedExperience event which is being held at Café Moskau, in Berlin between March 8 to 9, 2016.

To participate developers should register online.

Developers who attend the Connected Power Tools Hack Challenge will get the opportunity to work with the most advanced Power Tools from Bosch Rexroth as well as additional equipment to solve real world problems. These challenges include locating tools, supporting the worker in using these advanced tools, and building new sales and maintenance services for the users. The Bosch IoT Suite, which includes the ProSyst mBS OSGi Framework, can be used to build new and disruptive IoT applications in this area.

For further information please see the Hack Challenge website or contact Kai Hackbath from ProSyst (Bosch).

Good luck!

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