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Silver Spring Networks expands its IoT developer program and pushes for industry standards

An expanded developer program for the Internet of Things operating on Silver Spring's Platform as a Service, along with the top 10 IoT rights, was announced at IoT World 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.

Silver Spring Networks announced this week at IoT World 2017 that it is expanding its Internet of Things developer program from beta testing to mainstream use, and it's also pushing to set standards for IoT development.

The developer program includes a portal, developer kits, and a simulation tool for application development through the Arduino environment. The goal of the program is to accelerate IoT innovation through Silver Spring's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

"We want to make it really easy for third parties to build out an ecosystem of products. We know we can't do it all ourselves," said Mike Bell, CEO of Silver Spring Networks.

An earlier version of the program was being tested with traditional energy partners, but the new developer program is the first time that it will be broadly offered for IoT use cases, Bell said.

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The developer program targets developers building the next generation of sensors, actuators, devices, and applications within the smart utility, smart city, and industrial IoT sectors. Developers can create and test new IoT solutions that can be delivered through Silver Spring's Starfish PaaS.

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Silver Spring Networks has introduced an expanded IoT developer kit.

Image: Silver Spring Networks/Brad Norling

In addition to the developer program, Silver Spring released a set of IoT rights based on a Silver Spring white paper that is intended to provide the foundation for an IoT network that will help providers build secure and sustainable networks.

Bell said Silver Spring developed the set of IoT rights because, "we think standards based is the only way to ensure that a platform will work."

Silver Spring's top 10 IoT rights:

  1. The right to ubiquitous coverage.
  2. The right to a solution based on open industry standards.
  3. The right to persistent safeguards from unauthorized access and detection.
  4. The right to leverage a large and diverse ecosystem of providers.
  5. The right to consistent performance for every device, everywhere.
  6. The right to power-efficient devices that communicate as often as you need them.
  7. The right to use a platform that has been proven at scale.
  8. The right to guaranteed service levels.
  9. The right to massive scalability.
  10. The right for your network to live long (and without failure).

When developing IoT, Bell said, "it really has to be an open standard and not someone's Trojan Horse way to jam their technology in to make money. You compete by having the best solution, not by keeping something secret, which is what proprietary companies do. That's not the way you develop a viable ecosystem."

The top 3 takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Silver Spring Networks is expanding its IoT developer program from beta testing to mainstream use.
  2. The program is for the next generation of sensors, actuators, devices, and applications within the smart utility, smart city, and industrial IoT sectors.
  3. There are 10 key standards that Silver Spring's CEO said are essential for the creation of a viable IoT ecosystem.

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