NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bug Labs, an open source hardware and software provider that helps organizations innovate in the rapidly growing machine-to-machine (M2M) and "Internet of Things" markets, announced the launch of BUGswarm today. BUGswarm is a cloud-based service for aggregating data from Internet-enabled devices, empowering developers to mashup information with other data sources and build useful, intelligent applications for the world at large.
In the Internet of Things age – a time when every physical object can be connected to the Internet – BUGswarm provides an essential service to gather various types of data and information produced by these objects in one cohesive place. BUGswarm empowers developers to create applications, products and services that were previously difficult, if not impossible, to imagine. BUGswarm originated in response to the need of Bug Labs’ customers and its extensive experience helping companies prototype, pilot and produce networked devices based on the Bug System, its modular, open source hardware and software platform.
“BUGswarm makes it fast and easy to work with net-connected devices of all kinds. In addition, BUGswarm’s Web UI and API let developers access hardware functions as a collection of web services that can easily be manipulated and curated to create a new breed of applications and services that benefit businesses and the community,” said Peter Semmelhack, founder and CEO, Bug Labs. “Our work with Ford on OpenXC is a perfect example of this. Not only are we helping Ford innovate new features and applications for in-car use, but BUGswarm allows data to be collected remotely from a fleet of cars to potentially help an entire community learn how to drive more fuel efficiently, avoid traffic congestion, reduce pollution or any other imaginable benefit.”
OpenXC is Ford’s research and development platform based on Bug Labs’ open-source Bug System (unveiled today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco). OpenXC enables the developer community to quickly prototype ideas and test out affordable, new connectivity concepts that could enhance Ford’s automotive fleet and create more custom options for drivers.
Semmelhack continued, “BUGswarm solves a huge problem in the marketplace - by allowing developers to access a single web-based service that aggregates and organizes data from potentially thousands of net-connected devices as if it were a unified database, we are significantly reducing the complexity of application development. At the same time, we are accelerating the speed of deployment and providing an opportunity to mashup information from a wide variety of sources to create new, more powerful applications and services.”
Through BUGswarm, M2M and sensor-driven communications are all supported with an extensive library of APIs to support a growing collection of third-party devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. BUGswarm is currently in testing with a small group of commercial customers and is available to a limited number of developers by invitation only. A General Developer Preview will open in October. Pricing and availability of BUGswarm for the general public will be announced in Q4 2011.
For more information on BUGswarm and/or to apply for the General Developer Preview, please visit www.buglabs.net.
About Bug Labs
Bug Labs helps organizations innovate in the rapidly growing machine-to-machine (M2M) and "Internet of Things" markets. The Bug System, an integrated, open source hardware, software and cloud-based platform, allows customers to leverage the collective power of real-time, connected devices to make better, faster and more insightful business decisions.
Bug Labs is a sought-after innovation partner for Fortune 500 enterprises looking to expedite their internal product development programs in vertical markets including healthcare, machine-to-machine (M2M), telematics, and home automation. Bug Labs’ long list of partners includes leading-edge systems integrators, network service providers, and hardware suppliers and distributors, providing enterprise clients an immediate support system to make their product innovation a reality.
The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City. For more information about Bug Labs, please visit www.buglabs.net.