Service Fabric


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.

 


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.


“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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Introducing the Paremus Service Fabric

This post is the first of a series of videos that will introduce and explore the capabilities of the Paremus Service Fabric; a distributed, highly modular, self-managing OSGi based platform.

This first episode demonstrates the creation of a Service Fabric in the Digital Ocean public Cloud environment. Having created a Service Fabric – we then review the Fabric’s management capabilities and deploy a simple example of a modular microservice based application.

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