A group of high tech companies have joined forces to Internet-enable non-PC devices, from vending machines to petrol pumps, and link them to other networks.
The Embed the Internet (ETI) consortium includes Emware, Sybase, SAP and a host of microcontroller manufacturers. Emware makes embedded device networking software that delivers Internet connectivity to virtually any devices including those with 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers such as vending machines.
Called Emit, the software is based on a distributed device networking architecture which has at its core a micro Web server that uses as little as 1Kbyte of memory.
The efforts of the ETI follow recent announcements from a range of companies offering solutions for accessing the Internet from non-PC devices. Oracle unit NCI announced Enavigator, an Internet connectivity platform for non-PC devices (Newswire, 6 October), while in July IBM unveiled details of how its Universal Client will help consumer devices connect to the Internet (Newswire, 3 July).
The ETI will build on this work by combining the expertise from hardware, networking, database companies to apply the technology to the manufacturing industry.
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