With the promise of "real" IoT, the requirements for computational capabilities and agility at the edge demand IT-centric architectures and solutions that are based on open and industry standards. "IoT stacks" that are built on OSGi and Java’s solid foundation ensure effective modular software development and management on abstracted hardware.
Total cost of ownership in these IoT solutions matters a lot more than the simple combined hardware and software cost per edge node. Sophisticated software elements – including business intelligence tools, databases, and analytics packages – leverage data remotely and centrally to achieve the best results for customers. A perfect example of an analytics solution using such an approach is the predictive maintenance solution that Hitachi offers, leveraging Eurotech’s IoT hardware and software building blocks that heavily rely on OSGi.