IMPACT 2013: with MessageSight, IBM pushes the internet of things in enterprises

Occasion 2013 Conference IMPACT, IBM introduced its appliance MessageSight, whose characteristic is to allow companies to orchestrate all messages generated by the objects connected as well as via mobile devices. A first implementation of the MQTT Protocol hardware.

In ultra-connected the Internet of objects and mobile context, how can we connect all these connections, asked Robert Leblanc, senior Vice President of IBM middleware, in opening Impact 2013, while appeared on stage the Ford Fusion, a ‘rolling center data’ powered by 16 million lines of code and hundreds of sensors.
A droite, Robert Leblanc, vice président du middleware chez IBM. A gauche, Vijay Sakaran, directeur du développement d’applications chez Ford, aux côté de le Ford Fusion

Right, Robert Leblanc, vice President of middleware at IBM. Left, Vijay Sakaran, Director of application development at Ford, to the side of the Ford Fusion, this “rolling datacenter.

This, quite theatrical staging, is a perfect illustration of the intentions of IBM for management of data and information generated by the billions of connected objects that surround us.

The solution, as the sees IBM is submitted during Impact 2013 has the name MessageSight, an appliance whose vocation is to give the opportunity to the companies to manage the breakers and exchange messages between objects, between terminals, sensors to sensors, and digest in the form of useful services. A brain for the M2M, packaged in a box, which must further expedite the processing of the data from the Internet of the object, facilitate the integration of treatments in the process of business – extend existing messaging tools.

At the heart of this appliance, is an implementation of the MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) Protocol, a technology developed by IBM and the Eurotech Italian – and freshly high ranked standard from Oasis. Its mission: orchestrate mechanisms to M2M and the Internet of things. Above all, this Protocol is distinguished by its taking account of the specificities of this sector very trend: volume, their Exchange real-time messages and their two-way dimension. With this new standard, MessageSight is able to handle 1 million objects or sensors simultaneously, and absorb up to 13 million messages per second, says IBM. You said Big Data?

This appliance in 2U format is based on hardware standards, but “to optimize performance, we also the y components add proprietary material, to increase performance”, summarizes James Macnair, who is responsible for sales in the webSphere, this division to Impact 2013. The storage is based on an SSD technology. Side connectivity, MessageSight offers 8 1 Gbe ports and 4 ports 40 Gbe. The SSD, encrypted, including were integrated to keep messages if the appliance should be restarted or stopped.

Focus on safety

The messageSight appliance is designed logically to be inserted directly into the DMZ of a business, and therefore exposed and connected to the Internet – Internet of things requires. Therefore, the focus was on safety. “You can put it directly into the DMZ, because it cannot be changed. MessageSight can certainly be administered by a console, but we use a hardware and SSDS encrypted as well as a particular bone, without possible access for the users. The file system can also be changed”, explains John Samuel in charge of the management of the beta program of MessageSight, another Executive crossed Impact 2013. Clearly, MessageSight can be placed in the less secure area of the corporate network. The firmware is also encrypted and signed by IBM. In addition, “the appliance never processes the messages, it does not open. It merely automate and orchestrate their treatments”, still insists John Samuel.

Replace HTTP in M2M

But above all, what comes provide IBM with MessageSight, is also a way of re – architecting the Internet of things. Thanks to its design as appliance, Messagesight enables companies to develop and rapidly deploy the MQTT Protocol into their existing messaging systems. And to finally build their M2M on appropriate technology, MQTT, systems and no longer HTTP. “HTTP was never designed for this. This Protocol is rooted in a generation. With MQTT and this appliance, you can communicate continuously while maintaining the battery life,”says John Samuel. “Manage this amount of information is not possible with HTTP. How many servers should I set up? “HTTP is certainly a good standard, but this Protocol can not do anything else than what he can do today”, adds later James Macnair.

A dozen companies have participated in the beta program, we learned John Samuel. If overall, MessageSight is a ‘cross-industries’ appliance, frequently mentioned use cases remain essentially in the areas of energy, transportation and health. “All companies who must deal with a large volume of objects in a hardly controllable environment”, says. “The environment, for example, or companies in the sector of energy, petrochemical industry, management of pipelines…”.Companies specializing in lighting, in rail transport for display and real-time information system, or the logistics for the management of a fleet of trucks. “The scenarios are numerous.

A test on the tracking of vehicles for example made in Manhattan. It was to follow thousands of automobiles in the area, connect them to a single appliance, to implement traffic management services related to geolocation and detection of accidents services. “Automakers are very interested. Imagine a service that allows to unlock your car remotely if you have lost your keys! », adds James Macnair.

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