Mobile World Congress in Barcelona gave attendees a glimpse into the future, through the lens of the Internet of Things (IoT). It's amazing how far things have come in just a few short years (analysts predict between 26 and 30 billion devices will be connected to the internet in five years). Entire pavilions at the show were dedicated to the IoT and connected devices, with devices ranging from connected showerheads through automated drones on display.
As is typical, Mobile World Congress brings out celebrities from both the tech industry (Mark Zuckerberg presented) and mainstream (John Cleese and Will.i.am were there too).
On our end, DataArt teamed up with Canonical to demonstrate the simplicity with which various devices can be connected to the cloud through a wide range of proximal network protocols (including Bluetooth Low Energy). Our joint demo showed how combination of Ubuntu Snappy Core and our own DeviceHive, which we’re regularly updating to include more functionality, could connect a variety of appliances to the cloud for control and monitoring.
Our team has been impressed with Snappy Core, a newer, transactionally updated Ubuntu platform for clouds and devices. Snappy Core's availability for connected devices will provide an integrated environment, reducing overall complexity and support costs for various IoT devices. It has been already a very fruitful partnership, between DataArt and Canonical, and we have some exciting projects initiated at the Mobile Congress, which will be announced soon.