This week in M2M – connected boats

If you’ve taken our M2M Fact or Fiction quiz recently, you’ll know that the Internet of Things offers endless possibilities for connected devices. This includes plants that ask to be watered, and maybe even belts that ‘suggest’ when the owner should go up a notch. In light of this statement – our #IoTMaker challenge launched this week to unearth the craziest, most ambitious or most useful new IoT ideas. One of the hotbeds of M2M innovation is the Java community, and so we’ve been keeping a close eye on The Java One conference in San Francisco this week.

One of the talking points is that as it stands, there is no single standard to link all devices in the “Internet of Things” and there may never be one, but the Eclipse Foundation wants to at least make it easier for developers to code for the standards that are out there. On Monday, the group released its Open IoT Stack for Java, an open-source development platform for consumer and enterprise IoT systems that supports three major standards. Music to your ears? Let us know how this news applies to you in the comments.

The more people that get involved in developing code for connected devices the better, and this is part of what we’re trying to encourage at Gemalto with our IoT Maker challenge. So far we’ve had entries from across the globe, with ideas such as this one from Guillaume Chabas (@guichabas) who suggested that a connected fire extinguisher could auto-alert 911 when used. Very nice!

Meanwhile, it seems like one of the biggest fans of the Cinterion Concept Board is Vinicius Senger (@vsenger) who demonstrated the “Internet of boats” at Java One this week, in which he explained how he controlled his sailboat remotely, using our kit.

Share your ideas with us and you could win a brand new iPhone 6 or a Gemalto Cinterion Concept Board. And what’s more, we’re planning to take the two best ideas and build them for real for the world to see at Mobile World Congress in 2015.

There are just a few very simple steps to enter; in essence, send us your ideas for the next IoT application you’d like to see become reality before 30th November. More details here, T&Cs here.

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