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Date: 30-04-13

IBM unveils appliance to manage information from Internet of Things

IBM has introduced IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances. This is basically an appliance to manage information from what is now also called as Internet of Things (IoT) applications and devices.

IBM MessageSight uses Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) technology to process large volumes of events in near real time so that the information can be stored and analyzed at one place. MessageSight is capable of supporting one million concurrent sensors or smart devices and can scale up to thirteen million messages per second.

“When we launched our Smarter Planet strategy nearly five years ago, our strategic belief was that the world was going to be profoundly changed as it became more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. IBM MessageSight is a major technological step forward in continuing that strategy,” said Marie Wieck, general manager, WebSphere, IBM. “Until now, no technology has been able to handle this volume of messages and devices. What's even more exciting is that this only scratches the surface of what's to come as we continue down this path of a Smarter Planet.”

With thousands of sensors in each car, using software such as this car dealer can now be notified when a “check engine” light turns on in a specific car. Based on the information transmitted by the engine sensor, the dealer could then notify the owner that there is a critical problem and they should get their car serviced immediately.

“To realize the vision of a Smarter Planet, we must first enable the universe of instrumented sensors, devices and machines to communicate more efficiently while sharing, managing and integrating large volumes of data at a rate much faster than ever before,” said Bob S. Johnson, director of development for Sprint’s Velocity Program. “We have been testing IBM MessageSight for some initial projects and are excited about the capabilities that it could help us deliver to the vehicle and beyond.”

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