Sierra Wireless has entered into a strategic collaboration with Indian company L&T Technology Services to provide joint solutions to customers developing products and services for the Internet of Things (IoT).
L&T Technology Services will establish a centre of excellence designed to support customers worldwide in developing their IoT applications based on an embedded application platform from Sierra Wireless running its Legato open source software.
The two companies will jointly market their respective products and services to customers in the automotive, transportation, and industrial markets.
Legato is a Linux distribution developed by Sierra Wireless for M2M applications from the open-source Yocto Project. On its release in February 2014 it was described as delivering a “shot in the arm” for IoT. “Legato is designed to be ready for OEMs to develop out of the box, with support for a wide range of protocols and API plugins for many more,” a report in The Inquirer said.
According to Sierra Wireless, “the Legato platform is … designed to simplify the development and scalability of IoT applications. It tightly integrates a commercial-grade Linux distribution and a rich set of IoT capabilities based on the latest open-source technologies, with an application framework and feature-rich tools. It makes IoT application development quicker and easier by providing a validated solution on an established, well-supported foundation with built-in connectivity, security, and management. ”
L&T Technology Services’ CEO, Dr Keshab Panda, said: “With Legato, Sierra Wireless has produced the most integrated platform on which to build IoT applications that support this innovation.”
Dan Schieler, senior vice president, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless, added: “This collaboration with L&T Technology Services and the establishment of the Legato Lab gives them the specialised expertise they need and a development path to support their go-to-market plans. It’s a piece of the puzzle that we believe will prove invaluable to customers leveraging the Legato platform for their IoT applications.”