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ARM And LogMeIn Bring ‘Simple’ M2M Platform

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The Xively Jumpstart Kit can take M2M applications all the way from prototype to production

British chip designer ARM has signed a deal with connectivity software developer LogMeIn to create a complete platform for design, testing and deployment of products featuring Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication.

The Xively Jumpstart Kit combines ARM’s ‘mbed’ platform for connected devices with LogMeIn’s Xively Cloud Services, a first-of-its-kind development toolkit launched today, and promises a cheaper, more accessible way to bring M2M solutions to the market.

The Jumpstart Kit is aimed at anyone, from small businesses to large global corporations, and should free developers from thinking about infrastructure, allowing them to concentrate on innovative product development.

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By 2020, the M2M market is expected to represent over a trillion connected “things” and, by most modest estimates, generate around $1.2 trillion in revenue. Hungry for a piece of this pie, LogMeIn has just launched Xively – the industry’s first public cloud platform purpose-built for developing and managing commercial M2M products.

Xively, previously known as Cosm, features a complete set of M2M developer tools, combined with real-time messaging, directory and data service capability, accessible through a standards-based API that supports dozens of languages.

The Jumpstart Kit adds ARM’s expertise in the efficient, small-scale computing and its proprietary mbed platform to the mix, allowing developers to move from prototyping to scalable production without any additional resources or costs.

“We are seeing real traction in the Internet of Things market. Three forces are converging: connectivity, innovative new device designs and a new generation of technology tools that let manufacturers focus on their core product innovation instead of on building Internet of Things infrastructure from scratch. This can be a hundreds of billions of dollars opportunity,” said Glen Allmendinger, president of Harbor Research.

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