Freescale collaborates with ARM and Oracle on “One Box” IoT Gateway Platform

November 08, 2013 // By EDN
With the aim of delivering a common, open and secure Internet of Things (IoT) service delivery infrastructure from the cloud to the network’s edge, Freescale, ARM and Oracle are offering a portfolio of segment solutions for next-generation IoT service providers and edge node developers. The companies are also collaborating on the ARM mbed project to streamline development of edge/sensor nodes for the Internet of Things

Working with ARM and Oracle, Freescale has established a secured service platform that will help standardise and consolidate the delivery and management of IoT services for a range of vertical markets. Freescale’s “one box” platform combines end-to-end software with converged hierarchical smart gateways to establish a common, open framework for secured IoT service delivery and management.

Freescale has also announced that the one box platform will additionally support the smart grid and telehealth IoT service markets. The one box telehealth service is suitable for both clinical and home-based deployments, and, among other benefits, is designed to help IoT service providers meet the certification requirements of the Continua Health Alliance.

“The IoT is all about enabling and accelerating innovative new services, and we are encouraging smaller players to thrive and innovate, from both the service provisioning and edge node perspectives,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s microcontrollers business. “Freescale, ARM and Oracle offer comprehensive, complementary technologies that work together seamlessly and serve as foundational building blocks for a secure IoT service delivery infrastructure.”

A “box” (or smart service gateway) built on Freescale’s one box platform can consolidate boxes from multiple IoT service providers into a single, unified appliance. Based on Freescale’s Kinetis microcontrollers, i.MX applications processors or QorIQ communications processors, the one box platform runs Oracle’s Java software and incorporates ARM’s Sensinode software, which securely connects large numbers of low-power edge node devices using standards-based technologies such as 6LoWPAN, CoAP and OMA Lightweight M2M. These Freescale, ARM and Oracle technologies work together to provide a secure, end-to-end IoT gateway platform that speeds and simplifies the deployment of a vast array of innovative IoT services.

“The Internet of Things is an exciting opportunity that will only be fully realised if we can create an open, cross-industry platform to help customers decrease time to market, manage costs and securely deliver new capabilities for embedded devices,” said Nandini Ramani,