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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