Kii introduces its Thing Interaction Framework to simplify and speed up Internet of Things development

Internet of Things Kii introduces its Thing Interaction Framework to simplify and speed up Internet of Things developmentKii has announced the availability of its new platform functionality, Thing Interaction Framework, which allows IoT solutions developers to simplify and speed up the development of both business/industrial and consumer-focused IoT solutions. 

An extension of the Kii Cloud, the new framework specifically focuses on common IoT use cases around sensor-cloud-app interactions (like sensor state registration/retrieval, trigger-driven command execution on devices, etc.) and significantly reduces server code that would otherwise be needed to implement them.

This enhancement incorporates a number of best practices involved in implementing interactions between the various moving parts in a typical IoT solution – like devices, services, apps, states, commands, triggers, etc. Thing (sensor/device) manufacturers and mobile app developers can adapt and customize the framework through new and updated SDKs.

“Thing Interaction Framework extends Kii’s commitment to simplify and speed up IoT solution development,” explains Phani Pandrangi, Chief Product Officer at Kii. “With this framework providing most of the server side functionality pre-packaged (yet customizable) for a variety of use cases, our customers can focus on the specifics of their solution and implement complex interactions with mostly client side coding.”

This framework also facilitates interoperability between different IoT solutions. The abstraction provided by the framework exposes clean interfaces to the state data, actions, commands and triggers of sensors/devices, thereby making creation of interoperability logic easier and more modular than ever before.

Thing Interaction Framework is available now to customers, more information at: http://documentation.kii.com/en/guides/thingifsdk/.


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UnifiedCommunications.com Introduces Device-as-a-Service Solution

UnifiedCommunications.com has introduced their new Device-as-a-Service solution, as an innovative approach to managing devices for leading UC platforms like Microsoft’s Skype for Business.

Available initially to customers with 100–2500 users over a 12, 24 or 36-month service duration, this subscription service provides customers with an OPEX solution to access both cloud-based unified communications services and the audio devices that users need to properly utilize the service.

Ryan Herbst, VP of Device Strategy at UnifiedCommunications.com, says that the new approach will benefit agile businesses who have embraced UC and appreciate the advantages of an operational cost model with a comprehensive service-level agreement.

“Many customers have already benefited from other ‘as a service’ models, and with unified communications projects, the capital expenditure related to hardware has been a challenge. The introduction of Device-as-a-Service eliminates this CAPEX concern by providing a single monthly fee for the entire solution. We’ll initially be enabling the bundling of headsets and will later extend this offer to include other audio and video endpoints.”

In partnership with Plantronics, a global leader in audio communications, UnifiedCommunications.com will roll out the new solution with bundles including Plantronics Voyager, Savi, and Blackwire Bluetooth, wireless and wired headsets.

Plantronics VP of Global Channel and Field Marketing, Erna Arnesen says, “Plantronics Device-as-a-Service Pro is designed to be easy, flexible and budget friendly.” Furthermore, Ms. Arnesen says, “It also eliminates compromises and allows companies to match the right headset to users’ work styles for enhanced user satisfaction.”

This new approach demonstrates UnifiedCommunications.com’s commitment to implementing comprehensive unified communications solutions that serve their customers’ changing needs. With more unified communications users transitioning to cloud-based infrastructures, Unified Communications as a Service is enjoying significant market growth.

Visit http://www.unifiedcommunications.com/en/solutions/services/device-as-a-service/ to explore the full range of devices and services on offer and learn how a Device-as-a-Service solution could serve your organization.

About UnifiedCommunications.com

UnifiedCommunications.com provides industry-leading communications solutions to over 12,000 customers around the world, combining extensive product knowledge and powerful distribution capabilities to design and deploy tailored unified communications solutions. A Microsoft Gold Partner in Communications, they combine device distribution and fulfillment with Lync/Skype for Business device consulting and strategy

For more information, please visit unifiedcommunications.com or call (800) 641-6416.

About Plantronics

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. They have pioneered new trends in audio technology, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication to Bluetooth® headsets to gaming solutions, they deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and various mission-critical applications for those on the frontline. For more information, please visit plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Blackwire, Plantronics, Savi and Voyager are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries, and Plantronics Device-as-a-Service Pro is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.