Mike Francis


About Mike Francis

Sales & Marketing Director at Paremus and Chairman of the OSGi Users' Forum UK.


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.

 


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…)


Modularity, Microservices and Containers

My colleague, Derek Baum, had an article published in Jaxenter last week called “Modularity, MicrJaxenter Feb 2016oservices and Containers“.

The article discusses how Microservices and Containers are examples of a general industry drive towards modularity. It goes on to demonstrate how OSGi’s Service-centric approach, its Requirements & Capabilities model, and the OSGi Remote Services specification provide an excellent solution for a containerised microservices solution.

Yes thats right, these concepts/technologies/trends aren’t competing with each other as many would have you believe. In fact they can all be complimentary when used with Paremus Packager.

Paremus Packager integrates the lifecycle of external (non-Java) applications with OSGi and provides a consistent means to start, stop, configure and inter-connect services and we will be making an early access release of the new Docker-based Paremus Packager available to a restricted audience in Q1 2016.  You can sign up for this online with just your email address.

The article is a is a follow up to the presentation of the same name given at the OSGi Community Event in 2015, by Neil Bartlett [ Slides / Video ] and these are a good source of info if you would like to learn more. Of course you can also add comments below if you have any questions.


Asynchronous Event Streams @ MadridJUG

Some of the Paremus team were in Madrid last week (Jan 11 to 14, 2016) for the OSGi Expert Group meetings and also an OSGi Alliance Board Meeting.

Thanks to Jorge Ferrer for picture from twitter (@jorgeferrer)

Thanks to Jorge Ferrer for picture from Twitter

While we were in town, our CTO, Tim Ward, was invited to speak at the MadridJUG on the work he has been leading within the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group on Asynchronous Event Streams. This relatively new OSGi Alliance specification is highly relevant to the use of OSGi in IoT as well as in Enterprise.

The subject proved to be an interesting topic to the MadridJUG members with good attendance and lots of questions.

Thanks to Liferay Spain (@liferay_es) for hosting the Meetup and MadridJUG (@MadridJUG) for inviting Tim to present.

 

Tim also presented this talk at the OSGi Community Event last year and you can find a video of this here and the slides here.

 

It looks like the OSGi Alliance will be having face to face meetings in Chicago, Ghent and Ludwigsburg in the coming months. If you are interested in getting someone from Paremus to come and present on anything OSGi or our products while we are in your neighbouthood then please let us know.

 


“Innovation is GREAT” – Paremus in Japan

Innovation Is Great
The British Embassy in Tokyo has been running a series of activities under the theme of “Innovation is GREAT’“.

Last Wednesday, Dec 2 , they hosted an event at ITSCOM Studio & Hall (Futakotamagawa Rise) in Tokyo and Paremus were there showing demonstrations of the Service Fabric being used for IoT and Cloud.

Our booth was manned by our representative in Japan, Mr Takagi Kaname, and he enjoyed his time there meeting with a number of existing customers and forging new relationships with potential future partners.

Japan Dec 2015

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