KAAZING Is Expanding, And So We Are Moving…

Unless you have been hiding under a rock since January 1st, you will have noticed that KAAZING in 2014 has entered a period of rapid expansion.

Whether it is measured in terms of participation in industry events worldwide, high-profile customer wins, bold new hires, or improvements to and additional flavors of the KAAZING Gateway, the company is visibly, energetically and relentlessly expanding in lockstep with the explosive growth of the Internet of Things.

No surprise then that we have also out-grown our current office space. Which is why on February 10, 2014, we are re-locating our Worldwide HQ.

While remaining in the heart of Silicon Valley, our new headquarters will henceforth be in San Jose – in the America Center, hailed when completed in 2009 as one of the “greenest” office projects in the Valley, back when LEED-certified office projects were still a rarity.

They say that moving on is not about never looking back, it’s about taking a glance at yesterday and noticing how much you’ve grown since then. All at KAAZING have been doing exactly that. We loved Mountain View, where the company was born and raised. But we are ready for this bigger and better facility, where Zingers will henceforth have access to a fitness center. The new location also provides easy access to jogging and bike trails.

“It’s all about growth and execution,” said Vikram Mehta, KAAZING’s CEO. “We’re a hot business in a hot industry. The move gives us the space to execute better, faster, and with a larger team.”

Mehta noted that the entire Enterprise IT & Infrastructure industry has already been asked to update its records with KAAZING’s new information and added that the company “looks forward to seeing all our partners and associates at our new location.”

kaazing-office

Here is our new address (pictured to the left):

Kaazing Corporation
6001 America Center Drive, Suite 250
San Jose, CA 95002

Our phone numbers have not changed:

T +1 (877) KAAZING
T +1 (877) 522-9464
F +1 (650) 960-8145

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Now That The Emperor Has No Clothes On…

by Vikram Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Kaazing

To get the Internet of Things rolling, “Let’s just throw more bandwidth and hardware at the problem”, would be a very typical response from the technology industry. That should fix it.

At the end of 1987 the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had no freeways or highways. The very first freeway, only 11.5 miles long, leading from Shanghai to Jiading, opened in 1988. By the end of 2013 the freeway/highway system in PRC totaled 60,494 miles – long enough to circle planet earth 2.4 times. Now, many recall what has been described as amongst the worst traffic jams in history, a sixty-mile queue on the Beijing-Tibet highway in August 2010 in which tens of thousands of drivers were caught up for more than ten entire days. So much for circling the earth 2.4 times!

The solution to PRC’s traffic and traffic-induced pollution problems cannot possibly lie in doing more of the same – i.e., building more freeways long enough to circle the earth another 2.4 times. Instead, the solution lies in making dramatically more efficient use of existing freeways, or even completely changing the way freeways are used in the first place.

Conventional wisdom would suggest building more capacity to meet expanding needs. But what’s the point of building still more freeways which will then become clogged up with even more cars, thus perpetuating the cycle?

Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things

We need to transform the Web from being unidirectional, like the telegraph of the 1800s, to being bi-directional like the modern telephone. We need to make the Web work way smarter. We need to eliminate clutter from the Web. We need to “unclutter” it.

KAAZING has pioneered a way to make the Web work more efficiently, securely, reliably and fast – while streamlining, simplifying and scaling Web Communications to eliminate clutter and over-building.

Our two forward-thinking co-founders Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows were the early and significant contributors to the Web’s most important re-inventions in recent times – HTML5 WebSocket. Their contributions were standardized by the IETF as RFC 6455 in 2011.

The engineering team at KAAZING then used this invention to create a new category of products – KAAZING Gateways – tailored for M2M, P2P, and P2M communications. Our unique, proprietary, and patent-protected products enable the orderly and accelerated onboarding of billions of “different things” (Mobile Users, Enterprises, and Machines) onto the Web in an always-on, always-connected, and always-communicating state at unprecedented scale, and with enterprise-grade performance, predictability, reliability, and security.

We’re a category pioneer and the world’s leading provider of gateways that extend the above benefits of scale, speed, predictability, reliability, and security across the multiple languages (protocols) spoken by the “things” (Mobile Users, Enterprises, and Machines) that are all seeking to connect in an IoT world:

  • MQTT for machine-to-machine communication (M2M)
  • XMPP and WebRTC for peer-to-peer communication (P2P)
  • JMS, MQ, and AMQP for human-to-machine communication (P2M)
  • BYOP™ (Bring Your Own Protocol) for other unique forms of communication.

By electing to build our value-added stack on a set of industry standards that we actively co-authored, we occupy pole position when it comes to taking advantage of new revisions to the standard. Our deep knowledge of the standard enables us to extend the standard to deliver new and unique value to our customers. Such extensions manifest themselves in tangible benefits to our customers, for example – two orders (100x) of magnitude latency and three orders (1000x) of magnitude bandwidth improvements for existing Web applications, all through the addition of just “one line of code” – bulwarked of course by thousands of man years of intensive development by KAAZING, our partners and customers.

As an enabler of the IoT world, our solutions are innovative, elegant and robust and our list of customers – circling back to where I began this blog – include one of the world’s largest energy-producing and trading companies; three of the world’s top ten banks; one of America’s top three professional sports franchises with over 70 million fans in 150 different countries; one of Europe’s most sophisticated rail transportation networks; one of the top three transportation companies in the USA; one of the world’s top five commercial airlines; one of the world’s best known cable and satellite networks; and one of the world’s most valuable retail brands. And that list of businesses that are relying on KAAZING is growing very rapidly.

These global enterprises have chosen KAAZING’s Gateways – and our Education and Consulting Services – to equip themselves for tomorrow, today.

Is your business ready for an IoT world? Call us for an obligation free discussion on how you can benefit from what we have to offer.

Meanwhile for a good read, check out the IEEE Computer Society’s Top 10 Tech Trends in 2014. In my next blog, I will offer KAAZING’s viewpoint on the impact of these trends on the Internet of Many Different Things.

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The Internet of Many Different Things – Are We There Yet?

by Vikram Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Kaazing

vikram-mehtaPer my earlier blog post, no matter whose research you believe, there is no arguing that the years ahead will see an explosion in the number of “Things” that can and will connect to the Internet – all with the good intention of making our world a better place.

Let’s step back for a moment to take a wide-angle view of the IoT landscape. Today, we live in a Web Wide World where Internet-connected devices are increasingly vital to our lives, business and society. The conventional request-response protocol of the old ‘walkie-talkie’ Web gets in the way of mobile apps, low-latency communications and high-speed enterprise messaging. KAAZING is fixing that problem with event-driven, real-time and right-time Web Communications for the coming billions of Internet-connected things.

Quite simply, the faster we can help enterprises make the move to help Kaazing accelerate the Web for all the Internet-connected Things, the better we all will like it! Despite advances in discrete technology and our desire to move rapidly to this new and better world full of machines communicating with other machines (M2M), humans communicating with other humans (P2P), and humans communicating with machines (P2M), the underlying communications infrastructure, legacy enterprise systems, applications, and everything surrounding an enterprise’s IT infrastructure are holding us back.

Picture a gigantic freeway system that serves as a means to get you from point A to point B safely, on-time, every time, at any time of the day, at any day of the week, and any week of the year. Now what if I told you that this freeway had an on/off-ramp every few hundred yards and that traffic wanting to use this freeway was doubling every week? To make matters worse, what if I added that the incidence of breakdowns and accidents was on the rise? What would it be like to use this freeway everyday to commute to and from work, for the rest of your working career?

Everything about the Infobahn (the Internet), from the underlying protocol used by the entire World Wide Web. (HTTP) to discrete infrastructure like firewalls, proxies, and Web front-ends of application servers, creates the same effect as I described in the preceding paragraph. Now 24 years old, it would not be an exaggeration to say that HTTP – unidirectional, slow, laden with considerable overhead, and inefficient – is perhaps the single biggest barrier keeping us from getting to the $14-15 trillion treasure trove described earlier in this blog.

As Kaazing Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer John Fallows likes to put it – and yes he’s rather droll:

“Humankind is Homo Duplex, equipped with a two-way brain and highly adept at full-duplex processing – talking while simultaneously listening, for example. The current Web, however, thanks to the historical assumption that online services should only speak when they are spoken to, is conspicuously only half-duplex.”

Since, in the IoT world, the Web is going to be shared by 50 billion+ “Different Things” that are always-on, always-connected and always trying to communicate, it needs to be full-duplex, secure, scalable and fast.

However, HTTP, the language of the Internet of today, is like the telegraph network of the 1800s – unidirectional, slow, laden with considerable overhead, and inefficient. This is because it was designed to serve up static information in response to requests for such information. It was never designed to be continuously communicating your vitals and keeping your doctor informed in real time; and it was not designed to give your doctor the ability to push a message to your Internet-connected wrist watch that reads – “your heart is experiencing extreme stress; please take an Aspirin and lie down immediately; paramedics are 20 seconds away.”

Seventeen million people die each year of Cardio Vascular Disorder (CVD). One of the promises of how IoT is going to make life better for everyone is providing such at-risk individuals a “Connected Care” service that allows them to go about their lives as they usually do, while having the peace of mind that the Internet-based Connected Care service they subscribe to will ensure that they always get timely, predictive medical assistance. In the United States alone, for example, approximately 26 million people who have been diagnosed with heart disease could benefit from such a service.

Vital statistics for 26 million human beings transmitted over the Internet 24×7 and event-driven alerts coming back to the 26 million subscribers – all over the Internet! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Doing all this over a network that behaves much like a telegraph network of the 1800s – now there is a sobering dose of reality.

In an IoT world, the Internet will be shared by 24-50 billion “Different Things” (a number far greater than what’s connected via the Internet today); always on, always connected and always communicating.

As a subscriber to a Connected Care service how would you be sure that your doctor can message you reliably, securely, and at IoT speed on your Internet-connected SmartWatch if a remote review of your vitals tips him off that you’re about to suffer a coronary event that could permanently damage the valves and muscles in your heart. As things stand today, his message might come too late…or simply never get to you!

Now, how much surer would you feel if I said that some day there could be as many as 340 undecillion (340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) Things sharing the Infobahn at the same time that your doctor was trying to get a vital message to you before permanent damage is caused to your heart?

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Next blog, I’ll be taking a look at how the technology industry typically approaches Internet, Web and Enterprise Communications challenges.

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The Internet of Many Different Things – Let’s Get There at the Speed of Light, Alright?

by Vikram Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Kaazing

vikram-mehtaThe coming “Internet of Many Different Things” is not a world that is still way out in the future.

According to researchers, somewhere between 2008 and 2009 there were as many “things” connected to the Internet as the number of people on the planet – over 6 billion!

According to GSMA, by 2020 there will be 24 billion “things” connected to the Internet, of which half or 12 billion will be mobile devices.

So what’s all this going to be worth? Analyst firm IDC projects that IoT technology and services spending will generate global revenues of $8.9 trillion by 2020. Indeed, with 12 billion mobile devices and 50 billion ‘Things’ connected via the Internet in the not-too-distant future, new technology that transcends the limitations of the current Web is critical.

Cisco, which has a big stake in infrastructure for a thriving Internet of what Cisco likes to call “Everything” estimates that the IoT will boost global output by $14.4 trillion over nine years, or a comparatively sane $1.6 trillion a year. General Electric, by contrast, goes even bigger than McKinsey, and estimates that what it calls the “Industrial Internet” will boost global GDP by $15.3 trillion in 2030.

Cisco’s punditry forecasts that beyond just smartphones and tablets, that number of “Things” that connect to the Internet will only continue to scale as the growing number of connected gizmos, appliances – and even cows – are coded and cataloged to send messages to the Web.

No matter which prognostication or forecast you tend to believe, the opportunity for Internet-connected Things is indeed enormous.

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My next blog will explore the factors that are holding back the Internet-connected parts of all those billions of “Things.”

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Extreme HTML5 Video Interactivity: Sending WebSocket Messages with Popcorn.js

One of our most popular demos at Kaazing is using a Web browser on a smartphone to control a physical toy truck from continents away. The truck has a Raspberry Pi attached to it, connecting to a WebSocket server, and listening to control command messages: drive forward or backward, turn left or right, or turn headlight on and off. You can learn more about the project in our Remote Controlling a Car over the Web. Ingredients: Smartphone, WebSocket, and Raspberry Pi blog post.

The most interesting way to demonstrate the truck is by having a remote person control the truck, and join in over a video conference. Here’s the recording of us doing just this. Fast forward to 4:08 for the truck demo.

Now, there are certain circumstances, when running Skype, or other live video chat apps is not an option. You may be off the grid, or simply not have anybody handy controlling your truck remotely.

To address this challenge, we wanted to create a self-contained environment where the same dialog and experience can be presented, but without all the above mentioned dependencies. To achieve this, we decided to record a video of someone operating the remote control that the presenter could use as the “Skyped-in” portion of the presentation. There are a number of ways we could hack this, for example by pretending to control the car by emulating the controls in the room. How cool would it be to instead have the recorded video actually trigger the remote controls using WebSocket messages? Instead of a real person controlling the car in real time, we could have the video control the car in real time.

First, we recorded the video. In the video, David Witherspoon operates the remote control. (Aside: David is a software engineer at Kaazing who, along with colleague Prashant Khanal, was instrumental in dreaming up and building the truck). David followed the script of the dialog very precisely. Knowing the script was not sufficient, we had to do it with exact timing, as it was specified to be run during the actual demo.

After processing the video, I embedded it in a web page, and overlaid the video with a live video feed of the presenter’s laptop camera. This is an important step to make the experience more realistic; after all, every video conference does this.

Here’s the HTML code:

	<head>
		<script src="http://popcornjs.org/code/dist/popcorn-complete.min.js"></script>
		<script src="http://demo.kaazing.com/lib/client/javascript/StompJms.js"></script>
		<script>document.addEventListener( "DOMContentLoaded", function() {doConnect();}, false );</script>
		<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/truck.css"</style>
	</head>
	<body>
		<video id="selfVideo" autoplay width="256"></video>
		<video id="truckVideo" width="1024">
			<!-- <source src="videos/PeterTruck.mp4" type="video/mp4"> -->
			<source src="http://localhost/videos/DavidTruck.mp4" type="video/mp4">
		</video>
	</body>
	<script src="js/truck.js"></script>	

And here is the JavaScript code:

var errorCallback = function(e) {
console.log('Reeeejected!', e);
};

// Not showing vendor prefixes.
navigator.getUserMedia  = navigator.getUserMedia ||
              navigator.webkitGetUserMedia ||
              navigator.mozGetUserMedia ||
              navigator.msGetUserMedia;

var video = document.getElementById ("selfVideo");

if (navigator.getUserMedia) {
  navigator.getUserMedia({audio: false, video: true}, function(stream) {
    video.src = window.URL.createObjectURL(stream);
  }, errorCallback);
} else {
  video.src = 'somevideo.webm'; // fallback.
}

The simple CSS snippet ensures that the presenter’s “self” video overlays the remote person’s (recorded) video.

#selfVideo
	{position:fixed;
	top:30px;
	left:30px;}

Also, browsers are required to prompt for permission before Web apps can start using the built-in camera. First, you have to select Allow, for the “little video” in the top left corner to appear. Here’s what the permission request bar looks like in Chrome:

usecamera

And here’s the end result:

popcornvideo

Whenever my actor friend in the main video uses his remote control, we must trigger a corresponding WebSocket message. The messages are sent by the Web app hosting the video at the exact time when the control is touched in the video. I used popcorn.js, an open source media library, to get the timing right:

Popcorn.js is an HTML5 media framework written in JavaScript for filmmakers, web developers, and anyone who wants to create time-based interactive media on the web. Popcorn.js is part of Mozilla’s Popcorn project.

I created an array with the timing and the messages that needed to be sent. The timing is measured in seconds.

var davidTruckMsgs = [
[33,"frontlight;on"],
[35,"frontlight;off"],
[36,"frontlight;on"],
[38,"frontlight;off"],
[42,"steering;right : thrust;off"],
[43,"steering;left : thrust;off"],
[44,"steering;right: thrust;off"],
[45,"steering;left : thrust;off"],
[48,"steering;off : thrust;forward"],
[50,"steering;off : thrust;backward"],
[51,"steering;off : thrust;forward"],
[52,"steering;off : thrust;backward"],
[86,"steering;left : thrust;forward"]
];

Then, we have to schedule the WebSocket messages, as defined in the array specified above. Note: The above array is called davidTruckMsgs, and down below we iterate over the truckMsgs array. As you can see in the completed source code, I have multiple arrays for various videos/actors. Whichever is the one used at the moment is referenced as truckMsgs later on.

for (var truckMsg in truckMsgs) {
  var obj = truckMsgs[truckMsg];
  pop.cue( obj[0], makeCallback( obj ) );
}
pop.play();

The makeCallback function invokes the actual logic sending the WebSocket message. If you’re wondering why this is all needed in the first place, check out this question on Stack Overflow.

function makeCallback(obj) {
    return function() {
    	doSend(session.createTextMessage(obj[1]));
    };
}

For usability, I added pause/continue functionality whenever the main video is clicked. This gives the presenter more control, allowing him/her to preload the page with the main video paused on it.

vid = document.getElementById ("truckVideo");
vid.addEventListener ('click', function() {
     vid.paused ? vid.play() : vid.pause();
});

For the WebSocket communication we used the JMS edition of the Kaazing WebSocket Gateway, allowing us to leverage simple pub/sub messaging concepts. With the help of popcorn.js, from the HTML5 web app we publish WebSocket messages to a so called topic, and whoever is interested in (read: subscribed to) it will receive it.

This way the video is driving the truck, simply by having the WebSocket messages sent out properly timed to the pre-recorded video.

Here’s the end result. Isn’t it awesome?

You can see the entire source code on github.

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The Internet of “Many Different Things”

by Vikram Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Kaazing

Kevin Ashton coined the term the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in 1999 while working at Proctor & Gamble. At that time, the idea of everyday objects with embedded sensors or chips that communicate with each other had been around for over a decade, going by terms such as ‘ubiquitous computing’ and ‘pervasive computing’. What was new was the idea that everyday objects – such as a refrigerator, a car or a pallet – could connect to the Internet, enabling autonomous communication with each other and the environment.My new blog series – “Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things” is inspired by Kevin Ashton’s more recent observation in The Economist’s informative IoT report.


giga-om-logo“What we have right now is a lot of IoT-type technology that is heavy on ‘things’ and light on Internet. That’s the bit that needs to change. ”
~ GigaOM


vikram-mehtaWhat does one the world’s largest energy-producing and trading companies have in common with three of the world’s top ten banks, one of America’s top three professional sports franchises, one of Europe’s most sophisticated rail transportation networks, one of the top three transportation companies in the USA, one of the world’s top five commercial airlines, one of the world’s best known cable and satellite networks, and one of the world’s most valuable retail brands?

They have all have seen the future – an always-on, always-connected, and always-informed world, a world in which every imaginable thing is connected to every other thing. More importantly, they’ve realized that being connected in such a manner to their suppliers, customers, employees, and machines that are at the center of their business, is central to their success.

There is something else these global enterprises have in common. They all rely on technology, products, and services from Kaazing, specially engineered to give them a head start on their competition in this brave new world, a world that has aptly been called the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

The Internet of Things is the next big thing for it will, amongst other things, help build intelligent cities; enable better management of the earth’s scarce resources; reduce energy consumption by giving us Internet control of the furnace at home; warn you that the transmission on your car is about to fail and scheduling a visit to the car service facility; help reduce the incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome); provide better and preventive care for the elderly; provide insurance companies with the ability to offer pay-as-you-go insurance to customers based on their driving behavior; provide retailers with new and unique ways to connect with and engage customers; enable payments in real time; and much more…

This brave new world will include millions of embedded electronic measuring devices: thermostats, pressure gauges, pollution detectors, cameras, microphones, glucose sensors, EKG machines, Electroencephalograph machines, and equipment that will probe and monitor everything from cities to endangered species. Sensors will monitor the atmosphere, our ships, highways and fleets of trucks, and even – in a movement called the Quantified Self (QS) – a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical).

Everything and everyone will be connected and always communicating; a gigantic Web connecting Mobile users, Marketplaces, and Machines – in real time. A Web that is never fails to get information to its destination at lightning speed and securely.

When I think of IoT, I picture a gigantic freeway system that serves as a means of communication between many different things – machines communicating with other machines (M2M), humans communicating with other humans (P2P), and humans communicating with machines (P2M).

Some like GE have referred to an IoT world as the Industrial Internet, while others like Cisco have coined the term Internet of Everything.

I prefer to call it the “Internet of Many Different Things.” because while unwavering in its form, the Internet must for the first time since its invention accommodate many different types of communications, and do so at unprecedented scale. Some communications will be more sensitive to latency, speed, security, scale, delivery guarantees, and timeliness than others. And the Internet and systems that ride the Internet must have the ability to cope with it all.

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In forthcoming blogs, I will explore how KAAZING helps enterprises brings this ability to life – for mobility, marketplaces and machines.

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All Aboard for the Internet of Things

The ‘Web of Everything’ is Expanding Fast…

By Jeremy Geelan

“What makes for a red-hot company?” IDG Connect Editorial Director Martin Veitch asked himself rhetorically in November 2013. “Knowing which closely-held companies have the strength in depth to succeed is an inexact science,” he answered, “but there are some clues.”

A sufficient number of Veitch’s all-important clues – which include good management; a strong story; enthusiastic customers; a vibrant developer/partner community; strong funding from reputable companies; sales; growth; the positive views of experts in the field; market opportunity; and competitive differentiation – existed in the case of Kaazing to lead Veitch to include the Silicon Valley start-up in his final list of “20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO Companies in 2014 B2B Tech” which IDG Connect, a division of IDG which is in turn the world’s largest technology media company, published November 21, 2013.

“THINK OF IT AS A ROCKET UP THE INTERNET’S TROUSER LEG” ~Martin V. Eitch, Editorial Director, IDG Connect

The IDG article explained how Kaazing “uses the emerging HTML5 Web Socket standard to speed up communications and create what it calls ‘the living Web’. Think of it as a rocket up the Internet’s trouser leg, if you will, or HTTP reimagined for the more liquid world of the modern Web versus the document-centric, static model of the Web circa 1995.”

Veitch then concluded, sagely: “With 5 billion Web users forecast for 2020 and with the Internet connecting to more and more devices, we desperately need this sort of technology to come good.”

His point is well made. In the brave new world that has since 1999 been called ‘Internet of Things’ (commonly abbreviated nowadays to just IoT), there are already millions of embedded electronic measuring devices connected: thermostats, pressure gauges, pollution detectors, cameras, microphones, glucose sensors, EKGs, electroencephalographs. They probe and monitor everything from cities to endangered species. There are sensors monitoring the atmosphere, our ships, highways and fleets of trucks, our conversations (thank you, NSA!), and even – in a movement called the Quantified Self (QS) – our bodies.

In the IoT, the Internet is getting in the way of the things

“The intersection of the Internet of Things and the future will to a very great extent happen on the Web, since nearly everything that technical and business innovators want to do around IoT needs to make use of Internet-level protocols. But the ‘things’ they want to talk to are typically encircled by Web infrastructure like firewalls, proxies and such.”

General Electric, which prefers to call the IoT the “Industrial Internet”, estimates that it will boost global GDP by a whopping $15.3 trillion in 2030. Cisco calls it “Internet of Everything” and is saying to anyone who’ll listen that IoT-related activity will boost global output by $1.6 trillion per annum throughout the next decade.

In his IDG report, Veitch mentioned that there are forecast to be 5 billion Web users by 2020; but what he didn’t mention is that there will be 10x that number of connected “things” – that’s to say, the Internet of Things will be called upon to connect not just 5 billion people, but also 50 billion things, from sensors to milk cartons, with trillions of connections between them. These things, like the people, will be always-on, always-connected, and always trying to communicate.

The intersection of the Internet of Things and the future will to a very great extent happen on the Web, since nearly everything that technical and business innovators want to do around IoT needs to make use of Internet-level protocols. But the “things” they want to talk to are typically encircled by Web infrastructure like firewalls, proxies and such. Which means that what is critically required is an entirely new architecture, a “Web Communication” architecture if you will.

And this is exactly what Kaazing has devised. It has devised gateways that extend benefits of scale, speed, predictability, reliability, and security across the multiple languages (protocols) spoken by the “things” that are becoming so densely connected in the IoT world. In fact Kaazing’s pioneering gateways will allow companies to on-board billions of different things (machines, individuals, and enterprises) to the Web in an always-on and always-connected state at unprecedented scale – and with enterprise grade performance, predictability, reliability, and security.

Kaazing’s customers can expect the performance of the Kaazing Gateway to provide for up to 100x latency and 1000x bandwidth reduction compared to those solutions being supported by the existing, “legacy” Web. In short, Kaazing has found a way to make the Web work more efficiently, securely, and reliably. “With tech company valuations at their highest for quite some time,” wrote Martin Veitch at the conclusion of his “20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO Companies” piece, “signs of a bounce-back in major economies and several new waves of technological change, these are exciting times to be a new disruptor.”

“Kaazing has devised gateways that extend benefits of scale, speed, predictability, reliability, and security across the multiple languages (protocols) spoken by the ‘things’ that are becoming so densely connected in the IoT world.”

To which all at six-year-old Kaazing, which has recently (October 2013) picked up a little over $8m from NEA and CNTP and is working hard to establish an early but impressive lead in the Internet of Things market, would say one word: “Amen”.

Full disclosure: Jeremy Geelan (@jg21 on Twitter) has since 2007 been Founding Media Adviser to Kaazing Corporation and in November 2013 joined as its full-time CMO.

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