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Wind River: Intel’s core technology provider for IoT

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This is representing a much more advanced state than that of leading core network technology vendors Ericsson and Qualcomm under their so called 5G efforts. See the 5G 2015⇒2019 analytical page of Dec 30, 2014 for details on the latter, as well as the companion posts to this one:
December 5, 2014New Intel® Quark™ SoCs to enhance the Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT (“Moon Island”) portfolio in a year from now article on this same blog to show the chip roadmap for both the IoT and the wearables
December 11, 2014 – January 3, 2015: 2014: 2014: A bleeding edge effort in chips (SoC), COM and software technology (inc. Wind River) for already marketable wearables by Intel has enabled its overall 2015 strategy in IoT and allows to expand its wearable ecosystem with an ‘art of the possible in technology’ article on this same blog to present Intel’s much more advanced state of its 5G effort (albeit not named as such) than either Ericsson’s or Qualcomm’s

Yesterday (Dec 9, 2014) came the news that Wind River Advances IoT With Introduction of Edge Management System with the following highlights and essential parts:

  • Cloud-based IoT platform enables devices to connect securely to a centralized console, providing device management and solution extensibility.
  • Wind River Edge Management System an integral part of newly launched Intel® IoT Platform.
The Intel IoT Platform -- 9-Dec-2014
The Intel IoT Platform — 9-Dec-2014: … is an end-to-end reference model and family of products from Intel—that works with third party solutions—to provide a foundation for seemlessly and securely connecting devices, delivering trusted data to the cloud, and delivering value through analytics (source: Intel® IoT Insights 2014). For More information see the Fact Sheet: Intel Extends and Scales the Internet of Things with New Alliances, System Integrators as well as the Weaving the Connective Tissue for the Internet of Things blog post by Douglas W. Fisher who is corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group for Intel Corporation. 
  • With platform, Wind River provides end-to-end product portfolio for IoT that addresses management of intelligent devices at the edge, to the gateway, into the network, and up into the cloud.

Wind River Edge Management slide -- 9-Dec-2014

Edge Management System includes the following key features:

  • Device management: Remote device management capabilities reduce service costs by enabling remote diagnostics and maintenance.
  • Security: Secure software updates are integrated with on-device security features such as white listing and integrity monitoring.
  • Telemetry and analytics: Remote data capture collects sensor and system health data, and transforms them into actionable intelligence.

As part of Intel® IoT Platform, Edge Management System will be integrated and validated with Intel IoT® Gateway, which includes Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT, a complete software development environment that provides pre-integrated and fully tested, ready-to-use components to secure, manage, and connect gateways. In addition, Edge Management System supports a wide variety of hardware and operating systems, providing customers with maximum flexibility in IoT implementations.

For more information on Wind River Edge Management System, visit http://tinyurl.com/WREMS. To learn more about how Wind River is addressing the opportunities and challenges created by the Internet of Things, visit http://tinyurl.com/iotsite.

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in nearly 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive embedded software portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.

Wind River Edge Management System -- 9-Dec-2014
Wind River Edge Management System — 9-Dec-2014  (source: Intel® IoT Insights 2014). For more information see the Product Overview: Wind River Edge Management System 

According to a simultaneous Intel Unifies and Simplifies Connectivity, Security for IoT press release it is part of new integrated hardware and software products based on the Intel® IoT Platform which unifies gateway, connectivity and security components to simply deploy IoT. For more information please read the IoT Insights Event Announces New Intel Internet of Things Portfolio blog post from Intel aimed at the social media.

The Edge Devices side of the Intel IoT Platform Solution -- 9-Dec-2014
The Edge IoT Side of the Intel IoT Platform Reference Architecture — 9-Dec-2014 — MCU & Gateway: Identity Protection + Secure Boot — UPAL = Protocol Abstraction Layer  (source: Intel® IoT Insights 2014)

Mike Bell Explains the benefits of the New Intel IoT Platform for Wearables of Dec 9, 2014

Note that my another post published a week ago already provided information about New Intel® Quark™ SoCs to enhance the Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT (“Moon Island”) portfolio in a year from now which contains more advanced information (from leaked sources) than was made available in Intel’s press release now. So please read that as well.

The Cloud Side of the Intel IoT Platform Solution -- 9-Dec-2014
The Cloud Side of the Intel IoT Platform Reference Architecture — 9-Dec-2014  (source: Intel® IoT Insights 2014)

In addition to Wind River Edge Management the Intel press release specifically emphasizes the following new products:

  • The latest Intel® IoT Gateway will integrate the Wind River Edge Management System via an available agent so gateways can be rapidly deployed, provisioned and managed throughout the life cycle of a system to reduce costs and time to market. In addition, the gateway includes performance improvements, support for lower cost memory options and a broader selection of available communication options. Intel IoT Gateways are currently available from seven ODMs with 13 more releasing systems in early 2015.
Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things -- Sept-2014April 2, 2014: Intel® Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) is a family of platforms that enables companies to seamlessly interconnect industrial infrastructure devices and secure data flow between devices and the cloud. It offers key hardware and software building blocks—pre-integrated and validated—resulting in an application-ready platform for unlocking the value of data. We caught up with Adam Burns, director of the IoT Solutions Group at Intel, on Skype*, to get his insights on how the solution came to be, how it works, who can benefit, and the impact on the marketplace. More information on the Skype Video Series:Gateway Solutions site existing since May 17, 2014. More information on the justification of the approach: Making the Internet of Things Real—Part I: Intelligent Gateways as of Febryary 9, 2014.

Oct 1, 2014Intel IoT Zone Pipeline Monitoring. Kevin Williams, a platform architect in Intel’s intelligent platform solutions group, developed a demonstration complete with drones, infrared sensors and gateway communications to illustrate pipeline monitoring. Williams admits that infrared communications to drones is not feasible for real-world environments, but the purpose of the proof of concept for IDF was to showcase how the coupling of technology from sensors to gateways can be innovative within the critical and established pipeline monitoring industry. Assesment of its real world impact is given in the Technologies Mimic the 5 Senses to Monitor Pipelines Intel Free Press article of October 29, 2014.

  • To get value out of the data generated in deployments using the Intel® IoT Platform, developers need a powerful yet easy-to-use approach to big data analytics. Intel is expanding its cloud analytics support for IoT Developer Kits to include the Intel® IoT Gateway series, in addition to Intel® Galileo boards and Intel® Edison Modules. Cloud analytics enables IoT application developers to detect trends and anomalies in time series at big data scale.
  • McAfee, a part of Intel Security, announced Enhanced Security for Intel IoT Gateways in support of the Intel IoT Platform. This pre-validated solution adds advanced security management for gateway devices.
  • Intel Security also announced that its Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology will be promoted to other silicon vendors. EPID has anonymity properties, in addition to hardware-enforced integrity, and is included in ISO and TCG standards. The EPID technology provides an on-ramp for other devices to securely connect to the Intel IoT Platform.

At IoT Insights in San Francisco, Intel Security announced Enhanced Security for IoT Gateways in support of the Atlantic Ridge reference model introduced today. This pre-validated solution from McAfee, part of Intel Security, adds advanced security management for gateway devices.Intel also announced that it has taken a major step to enable secure interoperability between third-party IoT products by licensing its Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology. Previously available only on Intel processors, EPID enables Atlantic Ridge deployments to incorporate sophisticated anonymity technology and hardware-enforced integrity in a manner that is compatible with existing ISO and TCG standards. We believe we have the technology, expertise and reach to bring simple, secure access to consumers worldwide. Intel Security offers a full range of solutions from cloud and data enter to edge and even services creation allowing System Integrators (SI) to offer end-to-end security to their IoT installations. (Source: IntelPR)

Intel Security IoT Insights – Chris Young of Dec 9, 2014

Intel Security’s Chris Young introduces the Intel Security vision for IoT. Intel Security combines the experience and expertise of McAfee with the innovation and proven performance of Intel to make security an essential ingredient in every architecture and on every computing platform. Intel Security’s mission is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world. Through our solutions, platforms and silicon, Intel Security is uniquely positioned to provide a holistic security strategy across all segments enabling the industry to continue to innovate while also giving consumers peace of mind.

For more information please read the IoT Security Overview from Intel’s IoT Insights Day blog post from McAfee.

  •  The Intel API and Traffic Management solution utilizes Intel Mashery solutions to enable creation of building blocks that make it easy to build new software applications. Customers of the Intel IoT Platform today have access to the Intel Mashery API management tools to create data APIs that can be shared internally, externally with partners or monetized as revenue-generating data services for customers.

Intel Services is powering an innovative software-defined approach to scaling the Internet of Things (IoT) across the enterprise with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Announced as part of the Intel® IoT Platform reference architecture, Intel’s API and Traffic Management solution for IoT leverages the ability of Intel Mashery API Management and Intel Mashery API Gateways for Service Creation/Management to enable enterprises with data platforms on which to scale IoT-enablement simply and securely by creating and managing IoT data APIs with endpoints in the cloud, data centers, as well as externally with developers and partners.
Intel Mashery API Management makes it simple for enterprises to connect IoT data from sensors and machines to more endpoints such as cloud analytics platforms and data centers. Leading IoT innovators such as Siemens, Brivo Systems and Carvoyant are using API management powered by Intel to achieve scale in across end-to-end IoT deployments. IoT Data APIs can help improve efficiency, optimize customer experiences and power revenue-generating data services. To learn more about APIs and IoT data management, read our blog or visit the Intel Services’ website. (Source: IntelPR)

For more information see the Powering “Thing” Data at the Scale of “Smart” for IoT Platform Architecture blog post from Mashery as well as the additional information included here from Mashery’s sources:

 Siemens – Customer Video of November 25, 2014. Watch how Siemens leverages Intel(r) Mashery(tm) API Management to power its Smart Parking System, coupling consumer mobile apps with data from sensors along the street to increase the availability of parking to ultimately reduce traffic congestion in large cities.

The Next Evolution of API Management of July 22, 2014

Watch Intel Services Chief Strategist and Mashery founder, Oren Michels, introduce the next wave of our API Management platform.

The Evolution of APIs: From Social to Mobile to IoT – Oren Michels, Intel Services of November 12, 2014

The role of APIs in your business is evolving. Oren Michels, Founder of Mashery and now Chief Strategist at Intel Services, discusses reinventing the role of APIs in your organization to adapt to the changing technology landscape. APIs can help you leverage valuable data in your organization with tangible benefits for you, your partners, and your customers alike.

Web as a Real-Time Platform – Tom DeMaria, Intel Services of November 12, 2014

Think of your business, and how you will transform your products into “smart” versions of what you have today. What could something like a fire hydrant do by leveraging 200 million lines of code in the cloud? Think of the data volume and intelligence that needs to pass through those “smart” objects in just one minute. Quality of Service, resiliency, and Machines as a Service are just some of the key concepts leading Fortune 100 companies are building into their IoT playbooks for today and tomorrow. Tom DeMaria, CTO at Intel Services, explains why you should be thinking of these and others for your connected device strategies.

Navigating the Shift to Digital Data – TomTom of Aug 15, 2013

Learn how you can use APIs to empower your business and monetize your data.

TomTom’s Fellow, Location-Based Services, Peter Moeykens shares how TomTom used APIs to move beyond selling just personal navigation devices (PNDs), to also monetizing the very data that powers those devices. With an API strategy, TomTom broke out of a traditional industry and changed the way it does business, not just internally, but with partners and customers as well.

– How to use APIs to uncover new revenue channels for your business and monetize your data
– A real-life use case of how TomTom transformed its business model using APIs and achieved scaling capabilities and better speed to market
– Best practices for quickly integrating APIs into a traditional company

Now about the current state of Wind River offerings for Intel and other companies (mostly in the ARM space) in the IoT (M2M) industry

Overall Positioning as of April 4, 2014 for Wind River: Intelligence in the Internet of Things

Look at the Wind River IoT Infographic of September 20, 2013 as well.

Then A Crayon Simple Look at Wind River presentation published at the same, April 4, 2014 time is giving additional details about the company:

For all that the company reinvented its leading Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) offering with its new VxWorks 7:The Evolution of VxWorks RTOS -- August-2014

The Evolution of VxWorks RTOS. Source: VxWorks7 webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCehgvRMqt4.

Read also the Wind River Reinvents the Real-Time Operating System for the Internet of Things press release of February 26, 2014, as well as the VxWorks 7 Product Overview – Wind River of the same date.

Learn about that briefly as Stephen Olsen Discusses Wind River’s Security Expertise and the IoT on April 29, 2014

Componentization introduced with this major release has allowed an incredible scaling impossible before: from smallest and heavily resource constrained devices with a tiny 20KB microkernel version—that is ideal to tiniest edge IoT devices—to 64-bit, multicore platforms, and even to largest cloud networks:

The incredible scaling with VxWorks 7 impossible before -- 2014
The incredible scaling with VxWorks 7 impossible before. Source: The RTOS as the Engine Powering the Internet of Things as of March 7, 2014.

Scaling across applications is also supporting Industrial System Consolidation as presented in this Intel video:

For this and other type of workload consolidation requirements a Virtualization Profile for VxWorks® is provided for VxWorks 7 which extends the scalability capabilities of VxWorks by integrating a real-time embedded, Type 1 hypervisor into the core of VxWorks. Through embedded virtualization, the VxWorks hypervisor allows customers to combine multiple workloads on a single multi-core processor:

The Virtualization Profile for VxWorks 7 -- 14-July-2014
The Virtualization Profile for VxWorks 7. Source: Virtualization Profile for VxWorks Product Overview as of 14-July-2014

Read also the Wind River Integrates Virtualization Technology into Next-Generation RTOS for Internet of Things press release of August 18, 2014.

For demonstration watch Virtualized Industrial Workloads at Embedded World 2014 by Intel as of April 8 which is showing a virtualization software stack with a Linux partition and two instances of Wind River VxWorks:

For the Cloud Networks the company has also what is called “Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server“, a network functions virtualization (NFV) solution designed to help address some of the biggest complexities and issues that telecom providers are facing today:The Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server Architecture -- 26-June-2014

The Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server Architecture. Source: the brief video given below discussing this type of server as of June 26, 2014:


At the same time they launched a complete Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem program for their NFV solution:

This is a special area of IoT solutions which one needs to understand briefly from Mike Langlois discussing Network Transformation and NFV video recorded at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in the end of February where the NFV solution was announced:

To put all this together you must watch the Wind River IoT – Presentation by Alexander Damisch, Wind River – M2M World Congress 2014 video of May 30, 2014 which is also presenting the whole topic from the point of view: “How Intelligence in Critical Devices is Transforming Business” (highly recommended):

Then visit the Wind River VxWorks site where you can learn about the additional parts of the VxWorks 7 portfolio:

Technology Profiles

Safety Profile for VxWorks NEW
VxWorks with Safety Profile delivers a rich real-time operating environment that helps reduce the costs, risks, and lead times required to create and certify differentiated IEC 61508 SIL 3 industrial systems.
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Virtualization Profile for VxWorks
Virtualization Profile for VxWorks enables consolidation of multiple standalone hardware platforms on a multi-core platform, significantly saving costs and time-to-market.
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Security Profile for VxWorks
Security Profile for VxWorks delivers an expandable, future-proof solution to safeguard devices, data, and intellectual property in the connected world of Internet of Things.
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Microkernel Profile for VxWorks
Microkernel Profile for VxWorks is a 20 KB–small RTOS that complements the VxWorks 7 standard kernel, offering unique scalability and a single RTOS for different device classes.

Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform
Wind River® VxWorks Cert Platform is an RTOS for safety critical applications, including those requiring RTCA DO-178B, EUROCAE ED-12B, and IEC 61508 certification evidence.
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Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform
Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform is an ARINC 653-compliant RTOS with RTCA DO-178B and EUROCAE ED-12B certification evidence for Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA).
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Wind River VxWorks MILS Platform
Wind River VxWorks MILS Platform implements the Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) system architecture and includes a security evaluation evidence package.
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as well as the ones corresponding to the below figure:

The additional parts of the VxWorks 7 portfolio -- April-2014

The additional parts of the VxWorks 7 portfolio — April-2014

among others. Note that the Announcing VxWorks 7 – Wind River site of February 26, 2014 is much more complete in that regard (eg. Aerospace Industry Profile + Modularity, Scalability, Connectivity and Graphics Technology Profiles etc.).

Finally more information on operating system offerings for all this:

An in-depth presentation on VxWorks7 as of Aug 29, 2014:

Then about the Linux offering used in the NFV solution:

Wind River’s Commitment to the Yocto Project and Open Source of August 1, 2012:

thereafter about the  The Yocto Project as of  Sept 12, 2014:

and finally from the Wind River Linux webpage of April 29, 2014:

Wind River Linux Core Platform

Wind River Linux is the industry standard for embedded Linux software. The latest version includes expanded hardware support for the latest ARM, Intel, MIPS, and Power architectures, and is updated with the current Linux kernel, toolchain, and user space.

With the Yocto Project 1.5 open source development infrastructure as its core foundation, Wind River Linux uses the latest Linux kernel as its upstream source to ensure customers have commercially supported access to the newest advancements from the open source community.

Maintaining a roll-your-own embedded Linux project is expensive, time-consuming, and risky. Wind River helps you lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) by taking the cost, time, and risk out of embedded Linux development with a proven commercial solution. Our investment in each Wind River Linux release and our ongoing patch and security vulnerability management equate to over 160 person-years of effort. Our customers benefit from this investment by trusting Wind River to provide their embedded Linux solution.

Wind River provides board support packages (BSPs) for widely adopted processors, including Intel Atom™, Intel second- and third-generation Xeon®/Core™ processors (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge), Texas Instruments OMAP 3, Freescale QorIQ P4080, LSI Axxia ACP34xx, and Xilinx Zynq.

If the hardware you require for your next project is not supported on our list of Wind River Linux BSPs, the Wind River Professional Services team can help create a custom BSP. Please contact Wind River Sales or your local area account manager for more information.

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Wind River Linux Core Platform - Wind River Linux 6 Architecture -- 29-April-2014
Wind River Linux Core Platform – Wind River Linux 6 Architecture. Source Wind River Linux as of 29-April-2014.

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