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IoT at EclipseCon 2014

With EclipseCon starting in less than 3 weeks, I am starting to be really excited!

It is going to be my 7th EclipseCon in North America, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Of course, this year we have lots of great content around IoT (more on that below), but what I really love about EclipseCon is that you get to meet all the people who make Eclipse, and more importantly those who use the technology every day. I usually enjoy discussing in the hallways as much as attending the presentations, and I am always impressed to see how many new faces I see each year!

So yes, this year is going to be packed with great IoT content, and I would highly encourage you to attend EclipseCon for the following reasons:

MQTT tutorial on Monday

You’ve likely heard about MQTT before. It’s an open protocol for the Internet of Things that has lots of open-source implementations available as part of Eclipse Paho and Mosquitto projects.


On Monday 17th, Julien Vermillard and I are running a tutorial where you’ll get to know more about the protocol, and how to use it in real-life scenarios.

Also on Monday, there is an MQTT interoperability test day, with several companies and projects testing their clients and server implementations against each other.

Hackathon on Tuesday

On Tuesday 18th, if you have spare time in-between the regular sessions and the Vert.x Day (which I am really looking forward to since I really want to learn more about it), you may want to attend the annual Hackathon.

It’s a great opportunity to meet with Eclipse committers and fellow contributors, and I really hope to see many bugs fixed by newcomers during that day! I will definitely attend and you sould certainly come talk to me if you are interested in contributing to the Eclipse IoT projects and don’t know where to start. By the way, several other committers from the IoT space should be there too!

IoT day on Wednesday

IoT logo

Whether you are still wondering what the heck is the Internet of Things, or you have sort of figured it out already, then I am happy to announce that we have a really good mix of talks lined up for the IoT day on Wednesday 19th!

If you want to learn more about the challenges of building IoT solutions, and get answers to the following questions:

…and many more, then I highly encourage to participate!

You can register for the IoT day only for $200, although I would highly encourage you to stay for a bit longer! 🙂

EclipseCon 2014

Moving on!

I very well remember my first day at Sierra Wireless, when it was still a different company named Anyware Technologies.

Logo Anyware Technologies

That day I wrote my very first Eclipse plug-in to customize the Console view, and I was almost immediately and genuinely amazed by the versatility of the Eclipse platform.

Later on, I had the chance to work on many projects involving a great deal of Eclipse technologies (eRCP, EMF, Xtext, …), and to work on very different kinds of projects: developing an Eclipse workbench for scientists, a mobile app for doctors and nurses, or training dozens of people to Eclipse RCP and Modeling technologies, etc.


When Sierra Wireless started to get really serious about Machine-to-Machine we soon realized that the Eclipse Foundation would be the perfect place to start establishing an open consortium around the core technologies that are needed for building M2M solutions.
I drafted a charter for an M2M Industry Working Group, and in November 2011 the Working Group was officially created with Sierra Wireless, IBM and Eurotech as founding partners.

Two years and a half later, we have gone from 3 to 13 Eclipse projects, from 3 to 9 members of the Working Group, and the community is thriving.

Today, after more than 7 years working at Sierra Wireless, it is time for me to move on.

Eclipse logo

I am joining the Eclipse Foundation next week, to continue growing the already great community of Internet of Things projects and playing the role of technology evangelist I’ve been having for the last couple years.

Eclipse IoT demo at FOSDEM

During the weekend of February 1st, I had the opportunity to attend FOSDEM in Brussels.

It was only my second year but it’s definitely one of the events I enjoy attending the most: the crowd is very diverse and very curious, there are tons of talks that you can attend (if you can get a seat in the room – most of them are simply overcrowded), and the Belgian food is yummy!

I spent most of the weekend on the Eclipse Foundation booth where together with Mike and Julien, we were showing Eclipse IoT technologies live.

Greenhouse demo at FOSDEM
Photo credit: Julien Vermillard (@vrmvrm)

We’ve been asked several times what were the details of the setup and where one could find the source code, so here they are, with links to Github repos and gists:

  • A bunch of sensors attached to an Arduino, with a very basic sketch dumping sensor data to the serial port,
  • A BeagleBone Black running  Eclipse Orion and a very simple NodeJS app that uses MQTT.js for communicating with the Mosquitto broker that is hosted on iot.eclipse.org,
  • And last but not least, an Android Nexus 10 tablet that runs an augmented-reality app for displaying real sensor values in a pretty cool way 😉

Check out this cool 3-min video by 101blog (thanks again for the impromptu interview!) of the aforementioned setup in action.