SilverSpring Networks Launches Developer Platform, Releases IoT doctrine


SilverSpring Networks, a provider of Internet of Things technology, has launched a new developer portal as part of its Starfish platform-as-a-service offering. The portal was released at IoT World, currently underway in Santa Clara, California.

The Starfish developer program is designed to create an ecosystem of applications and hardware that can be used in conjunction with SilverSpring technology.

“As IoT technology evolves, we think it is critical to have a trusted infrastructure of products and providers that are focused on security and on using proven standards,” SilverSpring’s Senior Director of Product Management Itai Dadon, tells CivSource in an interview.

The Developer Program is open to new and existing customers and developers. Participants in the program can create and test IoT solutions that can be delivered over Starfish. The company has also released several dev kits, including one for SilverSpring’s popular IoT Edge Router. The Milli Shield Dev Kit and the IoT Edge Router Dev Edition are available in the U.S. and Australia, and are expected to be available in the UK and Europe in the third quarter of 2017 through the portal. Silver Spring intends to announce availability in additional markets in 2017 and beyond. Starfish Studio will be available in late 2017.

In addition to the developer program, SilverSpring has also released a white paper outlining its IoT doctrine. The paper, called “Know Your IoT Rights” seeks to lay out technology requirements can help developers and architects secure enforceable and sustainable network architecture, equipment, services, and performance specifications, delivered by their network providers.

“While the IoT market is vastly complex, with standards and types of devices ever-evolving, what is certain is that the network technologies over which IoT services will be hosted are well defined, even as they continue to evolve,” says Don Reeves, CTO, Silver Spring Networks. “Our goal with publishing these rights is to provide customers guideposts on which to make a mission-critical decision that meets their requirements today and well into the future.”

Dadon adds that it is important for the conversation and decisions around IoT to shift away from just throwing a sensor onto everything and toward creating a network that is smarter and plays a critical role in infrastructure service and maintenance.

The full paper is available here