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October 17, 2007

Sentilla Brings Intelligence to the Physical World

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Sentilla Corporation has announced a new approach to pervasive computing – the use of small wireless computers with programmable intelligence deployed en masse to interact with the physical world.
In addition to dramatically speeding time to market, Sentilla’s new software reduces cost of pervasive computing solutions. By using the Sentilla Software Suite, industry applications can be built using Java technology rather than the complex and difficult embedded programming currently in use. Sentilla points out that they are the first to introduce a complete software platform for developing, deploying, integrating, and managing pervasive computing applications.

By extending Java technology to the physical world the company is providing businesses with a familiar and accepted standard by which to deploy pervasive computing applications more quickly and easily.
James Gosling, vice president and fellow at Sun Microsystems (News - Alert) said that harnessing the billions of small computers and microprocessors deployed pervasively across countless industry applications is the next generation of computing. He believes that a common, standards-based software development and deployment platform is the key to achieving market success.
“Sentilla's software extends Java technology to these billions of computers, allowing the millions of Java software developers a way to create new, innovative industry applications. Millions of developers writing applications for billions of computers connecting to the network – that’s incredibly cool,” said Gosling in astatement.
Sentilla explains that applications of pervasive computing are quickly emerging across a wide variety of industry verticals such as logistics, health care, defense, manufacturing, agriculture, and many more.
According to Rod Smith, vice president of Emerging Internet Technologies at IBM (News - Alert), Sentilla will play an important role in capturing and communicating physical content into middleware like IBM WebSphere. Smith added that this data can then be easily aggregated, consumed and shared quickly across a business' operations.
Mark Buccini, director of Strategic Marketing at Texas Instruments (News - Alert) said that although the low-power, low-cost microprocessors necessary for wide scale pervasive computing are available now and have already been deployed across numerous industries, accelerating time to market of the software applications is the number one challenge that customers face.
Buccini noted that Sentilla’s new approach addresses this challenge head on. Reducing the cycle time of software development using Java technology on Texas Instruments’ microprocessors directly translates to lower cost and faster application deployments.
The new Sentilla Software Suite consists of Sentilla Work software, an integrated development environment for programming Java software-based pervasive applications, and Sentilla Point software, which allows for easy deployment of the run-time application on pervasive computers.
While Sentilla Work installs on desktop-class machines and supports Java technology from Sun Microsystems, Sentilla Point currently runs on Texas Instruments MSP430 microprocessors, which are miniature computers (about the size of a dime) and engineered for very low power consumption, allowing them to be deployed at massive scale throughout industry applications.
Sentilla software will also provide APIs that allow the applications to easily integrate with IBM’s middleware, SOA and web services products and management architectures.
“Pervasive computing is about connecting people to the world around us,” said Joe Polastre, co-founder and CTO of Sentilla. "With a Java technology-based solution that extends computing beyond servers, laptops, and cell phones, the real world can deliver real value to millions of people.”
The company has officially changed its name from Moteiv Corporation to Sentilla Corporation as part of this launch of Sentilla software.
Anuradha Shuklais a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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