Paremus, Smart Cities, the Brain and China

Smart Cities are increasingly becoming a focus area for Paremus and the Service Fabric.  Our modular, lightweight, evolvable, and simple to use platform that is the Service Fabric, is proving to offer significant benefits to the distributed and evolvable Fog Computing / Edge Networking architecture required to ensure that new Smart Cities of today do not quickly become the Dumb Cities of the future. OSGi technology’s ability to be managed, upgraded and evolved, both locally and remotely is vitally important. However at the cornerstone of this is the way that Paremus has built upon OSGi open standard capabilities to enable these to be achieved simply and at scale. This means that  the operators managing and controlling the Smart Cities do not need to be DevOps gurus, rocket scientists or IT specialists, but rather mere mortals who have an understanding of the needs of the citizens of their City.

The role of the brain for Smart Cities

Interestingly, in China there is often reference to the need for a Brain to be at the heart of their Smart Cities providing the intelligence, control and ability to adapt and evolve to ever changing requirements, just like our brains do for our body.  This analogy fits really well with the EU funded Horizon 2020 project called BRAIN-IoT that is keeping us busy. BRAIN-IoT has a couple of use cases from an Industry 4.0 and robotics perspective as well as the safety critical requirements for City infrastructure.

China and Smart Cities

We were pleased to be selected to be included in the recent UK Future Cities Business Portfolio for China Launch Mission last month. This Mission was organised by the Future Cities Catapult and provided an intense series of meetings and events in Shenzhen and Beijing.

Paremus was represented by its CEO and Founder, Richard Nicholson who amongst other things participated in a panel at The 4th China Smart City International Expo 2018 with representatives from the UK Department of International Trade (DIT), Huawei and other UK businesses.

One of the objectives for the Mission was to introduce the new UK Future Cities Business Portfolio for China.  This was formally launched at the same 4th China Smart City International expo by Future Cities Catapult CEO, Nicola Yates.

Paremus is excited to be included in this portfolio and thanks go to Peter Young and his colleagues from Future Cities Catapult for their assistance in producing this comprehensive document.

UK Future Cities Business Portfolio for China 2018 including Paremus profileThe portfolio includes some 38 UK businesses that cover many of the aspects associated with a Smart City of the future including:

  • Planning & Architecture Infrastructure & Buildings
  • Planning & Architecture Infrastructure & Buildings
  • Environment & Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Mobility
  • Governance & Standards
  • AI & Digital Economy

You can download a copy of the portfolio for yourself from the Future Cities Catapult website.

In Beijing the British Embassy kindly hosted a cocktail and networking event which provided an excellent opportunity to meet with potential partners and customers from the local area..

Special thanks must go to the UK Science and Innovation Network who supported the mission travel costs and made it possible for Paremus to attend.

 


March of the IDEs — IDE Agnostic OSGi Development

For a long time Eclipse has been, in practice, the only widely used and supported IDE for developing OSGi applications. Both of the premier IDE plugins — namely Bndtools and the older PDE — supported only Eclipse. While some tooling existed in IntelliJ and NetBeans it was nowhere near as comprehensive or usable.

This wasn’t much of a problem for me personally. I have been a fan of Eclipse since I first saw it in the early 2000s, and indeed (more…)


Bndtools and Maven: A Brave New World

At this year’s OSGi Community Event – co-hosted with EclipseCon Europe 2017 – I will present a new tutorial titled Bndtools and Maven: A Brave New World. My friend and Paremus colleague Tim Ward will co-present and will provide support during the exercises.

Bndtools has long provided the premier development experience for writing OSGi bundles and applications. However there was a significant gap: until recently it has been very difficult to use Maven to build Bndtools projects. This was partially (more…)


`OSGi Enabled` – This is not a statement, this is an ongoing commitment to you…

A Product or Service bearing the “OSGi Enabled” ingredient mark signifies an ongoing commitment: a commitment to maintainability, flexibility, evolvability; a commitment to longevity.

 

The US DARPA agency states that the longevity of modern software systems is orders of magnitude less than other human built artefacts. In this, DARPA rightly recognise the need for software systems to be adaptive to unforeseen changes in their runtime environments. Via the BRASS initiative, DARPA hope to encourage the IT industry to think about (more…)


Java 9, OSGi and the Future of Modularity

InfoQ today published the first part of a two part article written by Neil Bartlett from Paremus and Kai Hackbath from Bosch / ProSyst.

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Its definitely worth a read. The article was written some time ago so is in advance of the latest delay to JPMS / Jigsaw (and consequently Java 9) that was proposed last week on the mail list and at JavaOne this week.  This is just the latest in a series of delays over many years and we suspect won’t be the last.

As a very quick synopsis the conclusions are: (more…)