Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, announced the official release of Kura 1.0, the Java OSGi software framework for M2M multiservice gateways and smart sensors, which has graduated from the Incubation Phase to Mature Phase within the Eclipse Foundation project lifecycle. Kura Release 1.0 is the result of Eurotech’s commitment and contribution to Eclipse Kura, which enriches the portfolio of Eclipse IoT projects and provides Java software developers with an open-source platform for embedded applications.
Kura offers a development environment for Java programmers that radically simplifies the creation of embedded applications. Kura provides a set of common services for Java developers building M2M applications, including I/O access, data services, network configuration and remote management. “We continue to collaborate and invest in making IoT/M2M projects easier for organizations to deploy,” said Marco Carrer, Vice President Software Engineering at Eurotech and Kura’s lead architect. “Sharing our expertise in the Eclipse Foundation open source community is an important part of our corporate strategy.”
Kura acts like the foundation of a bridge between the private device network and the local network or public Internet or cellular network, providing a secure, reliable and optimized data transmission mechanism among field devices (sensors and actuators and human-machine interfaces) and between these field devices and the cloud platform via MQTT protocol.
Kura also makes a device smart, by adding as many embedded apps as needed, limited only by the hardware capabilities. With Kura, a device can now be monitored, managed and accessed by remote administrators and “sysadm” consoles. Kura is the software framework that will connect the next generation of smart devices to the cloud, while also transforming them into intelligent, multipurpose, and manageable devices.
Kura 1.0 supports Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7 on Rasberry Pi and BeagleBone Black open hardware to enable users to develop embedded apps upon the most popular open hardware platforms.
Eurotech (eurotech.com) is a founding member of the IoT Working Group (formerly called the M2M Working Group) within the Eclipse Foundation. Eurotech contributed to the Kura project by developing the original technology to run on everything from general purpose devices, rugged mobile computers, wearable devices, service gateways and vehicle consoles, all the way down to the Raspberry Pi.
Eurotech is strongly committed to this project and enthusiastically welcomes any new actor joining the project for contribution and usage. “It is just the first step of a journey that we expect to continue for a long time. Given the large number of people spontaneously adding to the project, we expect that the newborn Kura will grow up rapidly in the M2M/IoT marketplace, and we are already optimistic about new functions in release 1.1,” said Andrea Ceiner, Group Product Marketing Manager M2M/IoT, Eurotech.
For more information about the Kura project, visit eclipse.org/.