Wind River enhances portfolio to address IoT challenges

25th February 2015
Nat Bowers


Wind River has enhanced and expanded its Helix product portfolio to address the system-level opportunities and challenges of the IoT. The company has also created an IoT professional services offering to assist customers with the creation and deployment of IoT applications.

Wind River has added application and data services in the cloud to its industry-leading operating systems and IoT software platform via Wind River Edge Management System, its recently launched cloud-based technology stack that is an integral part of the Intel IoT Platform. The Edge Management System agent has been integrated with VxWorks RTOS, Wind River Linux, and Wind River Intelligent Device Platform.

The agents bring secure cloud connectivity to Wind River products to facilitate data capture, rules-based data analysis and response, configuration, and file transfer. Specifically, these integrations provide device-level execution capabilities, remote management and provisioning capabilities at the gateway, as well as cloud-based delivery of software updates. This allows for seamless interaction with edge devices and simplified device-side application development.

To complement its new IoT-enabled product portfolio, Wind River now has an IoT professional services offering to bring IoT concepts to critical infrastructure and other markets where safety and security are imperatives. The new offering will assist customers in configuring IoT systems and getting them to market faster with reduced risk and lower cost of ownership. Services include an IoT startup package, device agent configuration, application/agent interfacing and cloud applications development, as well as IoT safety and security requirements support.

Further expanding its OS suite, Wind River has also announced the availability of Microkernel Profile for VxWorks. The microkernel profile is a tiny-footprint RTOS to facilitate the creation of IoT-ready differentiated devices, such as sensor hubs, MCUs and wearables, as well as high performance embedded computing platforms to address intensive data processing. It is based on proven digital signal processing RTOS technology deployed in countless applications.

These product additions and enhancements are the latest in a series of IoT-related updates to the company’s OS suite, which include Security Profile for VxWorks, Virtualization Profile for VxWorks and Security Profile for Wind River Linux. Wind River Helix, the comprehensive portfolio of Wind River products, enables IoT advancements from the secure and managed intelligent devices at the edge, through gateways, across the network and up into the cloud.

Jim Douglas, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Wind River, comments: “By adding IoT-specific capabilities to our software platforms, coupled with specialised services expertise, Wind River continues to differentiate its product portfolio and offers companies the key building blocks to enable both the connectivity of 'brownfield' legacy industrial devices and next-gen 'greenfield' IoT infrastructure. Our end-to-end product portfolio not only helps our customers build safe, secure, and connected intelligent systems and networks, it also allows them to harness the intelligence in those systems and networks to drive business optimization and transformation.”

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