Light Reading

Raco Aims to Eliminate Need for IoT Standards

Jason Meyers
8/12/2014
50%
50%

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."


Get the latest developments on the IoT ecosystem by visiting Light Reading's dedicated IoT content channel.


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

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
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. 
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
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. 
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
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
jasonmeyers
100%
0%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
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?
Flash Poll
From The Founder
The New IP is actually bigger even than business. Like another hugely important tech that Light Reading is digging into right now, the New IP has the potential to change the world by fundamentally advancing what it is possible for people to achieve with communications.
LRTV Documentaries
The Three Cs of MWC15

3|2|15   |   2:33   |   (0) comments


My visit to this year's Mobile World Congress is going to dominated by three Cs – cloud, cells and coffee.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Shares Its Vision of the Future of Mobile Networks Innovations

2|26|15   |   2:30   |   (0) comments


Mobile broadband is changing our lives. It's reshaping the Internet, industry, and society. It allows us to freely connect with one another anytime, anywhere. At this year's Mobile World Congress, Huawei will share its latest insights and newest ideas and technologies that will shape the future of MBB. They will showcase their end-to-end MBB solutions that will ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerate Digitizing, Boost Digital Business

2|26|15   |   6:14   |   (0) comments


A new digital revolution is leading us to a better connected world. Together with millions of digital partners, Huawei will help CSPs to build their digital service ecosystem and aggregate a wide variety of digital services. In this video, we find out how Huawei is going to help CSPs implement digital operations.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Secret Recipe to Enabling Hyper-Growth Industries

2|26|15   |   3:38   |   (0) comments


With a number of successful cases on network capability exposure, Huawei is going to share the secret recipe to enabling hyper-growth markets with a step-by-step approach.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better

2|25|15   |   03:13   |   (4) comments


This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.
LRTV Interviews
Light Reading ICT Leaders Roundtable at MWC 2015

2|12|15   |   1:07   |   (2) comments


On Sunday March 1, 2015, Light Reading will host an ICT Leaders Roundtable in partnership with Huawei. At this half-day event, CIOs, analysts and researchers will discuss key industry trends like virtualization in the cloud with a specific focus on new business models. Located at the luxurious Renaissance Hotel near the Fira Barcelona, space is limited so please ...
LRTV Documentaries
Going Green in 2015

2|12|15   |   02:04   |   (0) comments


Energy efficiency is set to be an incredibly hot topic in the telecom industry this year.
LRTV Custom TV
SDN & NFV: Where Are We Going From Here?

2|11|15   |   11:27   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss gives his perspective on why SDN and NFV should be tightly interconnected and how he sees the industry moving forward.
LRTV Documentaries
Time for Gigabit Europe?

2|9|15   |   01:27   |   (4) comments


Gigabit broadband networks are springing up all around the US and they'll soon become more commonplace in Europe.
LRTV Interviews
Brocade Brings New IP Vision to 2020 Vision Executive Summit

2|3|15   |   4:23   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading gathered telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Brocade's Kelly Herrell shared his company's strategy at ...
LRTV Interviews
Brocade's Kelly Herrell on the New IP

2|2|15   |   12:36   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Brocade VP of Software Networking Kelly Herrell at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Brocade's approach to the New IP, the future of the telecom industry, and more.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
Upcoming Live Events
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Net neutrality, broadband services and the current outlook on data consumption, as presented by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Hot Topics
10 Weirdly Useful IoT Devices
Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, 2/24/2015
Small Cells Enabling Location Services
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/25/2015
Verizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE Overseas
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/27/2015
FCC Adopts Title II Rules
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 2/26/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Check out Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he had to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.
G'day! And welcome to an entirely new feature on Light Reading -- our weekly "CEO-to-CEO" interview.