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RacoWireless introduces a cloud-based API that lets developers create applications for the Internet of Things, regardless of standards.

Raco Aims to Eliminate Need for IoT Standards

Jason Meyers
8/12/2014
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RacoWireless has created a cloud-based platform aimed at removing standards-based roadblocks to developing applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The company's Omega DevCloud, slated for availability in September, provides a cloud-based API that developers can use to create IoT applications in any format, for any device.

"The Omega DevCloud allows someone to write whatever solution they want, and it will connect to any device," says John Horn, president of RacoWireless . "Our cloud will automatically seek out the device and write the back-end solution to speak to the device."

For Raco -- which helps enterprises develop, deploy and manage connected applications on its M2M network, an agglomeration of wireless networks it has access to through MVNO deals -- the functionality is a way to at once accommodate and bypass IoT standards. The Omega DevCloud platform's introduction comes amid much maneuvering and little resolution about standards in the IoT world. (See AllSeen Attracts More IoT Hopefuls, Thread Group Spins New IoT Networking Protocol and RACO Uses M&A to Beef Up Its M2M Play.)

"There are no standards, which is one of the challenges. We're basically creating an industry standards engine," Horn says. "This takes the standards issue and wipes it away."


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One IoT industry analyst says Raco has a reputation of taking a non-traditional path when it comes to making it possible for IoT applications to get to market, and this new platform is no exception.

"They're trying to make it easier for their customers to do business, as opposed to having every machine-to-machine project be a science experiment," says James Brehm, founder and chief technology evangelist for James Brehm & Associates. "If you can productize different solutions and make it easier to ramp up and put things together, the customer's going to be a heck of a lot happier.

As for how IoT standards might shake out, Raco's Horn says it may be a non-issue. "The Internet of Things is growing exponentially, so how do you create standards around something that's reinventing itself every month?" he says. "We're not going to wait for standards bodies; we're going to eliminate the need for standards bodies."

— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, Light Reading

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SachinEE,
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8/24/2014 | 10:14:04 AM
Re: But will it be anarchy?
"The Internet of Things is growing exponentially, so how do you create standards around something that's reinventing itself every month?" 

The common answer would be you dont. Any experienced marketing manager would agree that rewriting the book on complicating standards comes with its own risks (like being disowned among consumers) but comes with its own benefits. 
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SachinEE,
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8/24/2014 | 10:11:18 AM
Some standards
I like the idea, but already standardizations have been put forth and it seems that this idea won't make enough bank. There should be some security standards that must be followed without questions because that is where the common interests of the company and the consumer lie. 
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nasimson,
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8/14/2014 | 1:39:17 AM
Re: But will it be anarchy?
Fantastic approach. What an out of the box thinking! Its an innovative solution to a really complex problem that has been hampering the industry for quite some time. Raco has taken a unique position for itself in the value chain and over the period of time, with network effects kicking in, it will be very difficult for competitors to challenge Raco
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jasonmeyers,
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8/12/2014 | 3:32:00 PM
But will it be anarchy?
RacoWireless doesn't see a need for IoT standards, believing the environment is too vast and changes too frequently to standardize. What do you think?
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