Konsulko engineers to present at AGL AMM in Tokyo

On Tuesday, March 5, Konsulko Group’s Scott Murray and Matt Ranostay will present
Building an AGL Telematics Profile Demonstration Platform at the Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting in Tokyo, Japan.

The recently-added AGL telematics profile serves as a base for building headless telematics device images. The talk will discuss what the profile includes and outline how it can be used. We will walk through a practical use case, describing use of the profile to build an AGL demonstration platform for an insurance company’s driver data collection device, including reading CAN data from a vehicle’s OBD-II port and sending it to a provider’s servers using a wireless connection, and the effort to integrate these on the demonstration AGL telematics platform.

If you are attending at AGL AMM, we hope to see you at this session.

Join us at FOSDEM

Please join us at FOSDEM, the annual free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Every year, thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world gather in Brussels.

If you are at the event on February 2, you may want to attend an informal, no-host dinner of embedded and automotive community developers. Be sure to register if you plan to go.

Leon Anavi, Konsulko Group senior software engineer will give two talks at FOSDEM:
Making Open Source Hardware for Retrogaming on Raspberry Pi in which he will explain how to use device tree overlay for a simple gamepad, and The Software Developer’s Guide to Open Source Hardware.

We hope to see you there.

See you at CES

Automotive Grade Linux is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving.

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, January 8-11, Konsulko Group is helping support the AGL Booth in the Westgate Hotel Pavilion, booth 1614.

If you are visiting CES, please stop by to see a demo of the award-winning AGL Unified Code Base (UCB), an open source software platform for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications, along with demos from more than 15 AGL members.

The Year in Review

2018 has been a very important year for Konsulko Group.

We are privileged to work with outstanding customers, helping them build the software for exciting and essential devices and vehicles. From Level 5 autonomous taxis and open source automotive platforms to innovative consumer devices, from lifesaving medical devices and advanced robotic surgery tools to the high-end networking equipment that powers the Internet, these are all products that impact and even shape our lives, now and into the future.

In addition to our commercial activity, we continued our community work in key open source projects, including the Linux kernel, Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded and Automotive Grade Linux, and participated at open source conferences around the world, like FOSDEM, ELC/ELCE, FOSSASIA, TuxCon and OpenFest.

We accelerated our work with Automotive Grade Linux and the Linux Foundation, supporting AGL development, demos and member meetings in North America, Europe and Japan, as well as presenting multiple technical talks at all four Embedded Linux Conferences, developing the AGL Deep Dive workshop and providing expert training, both as a Linux Foundation Authorized Training Partner and via the Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer program found at leading conferences (e-ale.org).

Finally, we continued to grow our company, welcoming new engineers, increasing the size of our European development center in Bulgaria and opening a new branch in Sweden.

Hopefully, 2018 has been merely a prelude to great things coming in 2019. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

Konsulko Group supports OpenFest

Konsulko Group is very pleased to be a sponsor of OpenFest, November 3-4, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a team of embedded Linux and Open Source Software community and industry veterans, we are always happy to support important OSS events.

Headquartered in California, Konsulko works with customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia to develop and maintain Open Source-based solutions for products. Our European subsidiary, Konsulko Ltd is based in Sofia.

Konsulko’s focus is upstream and production software design, enablement, optimization, and maintenance for customers in a wide array of embedded software markets including automotive, networking, industrial, medical devices and IoT.

Our senior leadership have been contributors in the Linux kernel and other OSS communities since the late 1990s. Konsulko engineers are involved today in many Open Source projects, including the Linux kernel, U-Boot, Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded, AGL, and GENIVI. Members of the Konsulko team have been key participants in major software projects with Google, Sony, NEC, Nokia, Nvidia, MIPS, Texas Instruments, NXP, Juniper Networks, Huawei, Robert Bosch, Groupe PSA, and Jaguar Land Rover.

If you are attending OpenFest, we’d love to talk with you about engaging Konsulko’s engineering expertise and experience on your project. Or if you’re a software developer with a passion for Linux, please contact us during or after OpenFest about joining the Konsulko team.

See you at the AGL AMM in Dresden (and ELCE in Edinburgh)

This week, Konsulko Group is coming to Dresden, Germany to the Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting. Matt Ranostay will present State of Connectivity in AGL, an overview and roadmap of bindings and binding APIs in the current and upcoming release of AGL. Scott Murray will speak on the developer panel.

Next week, Konsulko engineers will travel to Edinburgh, UK to give four technical sessions at co-located Linux Foundation events.
* At the OpenIoT Summit, Leon Anavi will speak about Open Source MQTT Brokers, a lightweight publish/subscribe machine-to-machine protocol with a reliable bi-directional communication in (near) real-time, and at Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Comparison of Voice Assistant SDKs for Embedded Linux Devices, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as an open source alternative, Mycroft.
* At ELC Europe, Scott Murray will explore Building Container Images with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, discussing container size, reproducibility, security vulnerability fixing, and license compliance.
* As part of special Embedded & IoT Apprentice Engineer Tracks (additional track registration required), Konsulko Group CTO Matt Porter will present Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers.

We hope to see you in Dresden or Edinburgh, or both.

Konsulko Group to present four technical sessions in Edinburgh

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. For the past 13 years, ELC has had the largest collection of sessions dedicated ​exclusively to embedded Linux and embedded Linux developers.

Co-located with both the Open Source Summit Europe, the leading conference for developers, architects, the open source community and industry leaders to collaborate and share information, and OpenIoT Summit, the only Internet of Things (IoT) event focused on the development of open IoT solutions, ELC Europe will be held in Edinburgh, UK, October 22-24, 2018.

Registration for one of the three co-located conferences allows you to attend the other two as well.

Konsulko engineers will present four technical sessions:

Leon Anavi will give two presentations –
* at the OpenIoT Summit, Open Source MQTT Brokers, a lightweight publish/subscribe machine-to-machine protocol with a reliable bi-directional communication in (near) real-time, and
* at ELC Europe, Comparison of Voice Assistant SDKs for Embedded Linux Devices, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as an open source alternative, Mycroft.

At ELC Europe, Scott Murray will explore Building Container Images with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, discussing container size, reproducibility, security vulnerability fixing, and license compliance.

As part of special Embedded & IoT Apprentice Engineer Tracks (additional track registration required), Konsulko Group CTO Matt Porter will present Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers.

We hope you are able to attend. We’ll see you in Edinburgh in October.

Two new articles help engineers new to Automotive Grade Linux

Konsulko Group’s Leon Anavi has made a couple of recent contributions to the Automotive Linux (AGL) wiki:
* ConnMan (how to use the cli tool to connect to a network)
* Media Browser and Player (playing songs from a USB stick)

We hope that this technical information will help beginners to get started easier and faster with AGL. We encourage you to participate in the AGL wiki. Feel free to update and improve either or both articles.

Don’t be afraid to get help with the basics

Fifteen years ago, we used to say that getting an embedded Linux kernel and drivers successfully running on your target hardware got you about 10% of the way to your finished product. Now, thanks to OpenEmbedded and the Yocto project, you can do a lot better than that, but there are usually a few technical challenges along the way.

At Konsulko Group, we’ve seen many of these issues (often repeatedly) in the world of Yocto/OE, and we are often called upon by our clients for this “basic” work. If you are moving to new hardware or building the next generation of your device, we can help with your hardware bring-ups, “upreving” your software stacks, porting your unique OS work, determining if rearchitecting is necessary, and providing on-going maintenance.

Don’t hesitate to contact us, no matter how large or small your technical challenge. Chances are that our past two decades of experience can solve your problems very efficiently, so you can spend your time focussing on the things that make your product unique.

See you at the Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo

Automotive Linux Summit connects the developer community driving the innovation in automotive Linux together with the vendors and users providing and using the code in order to drive the future of embedded devices in the automotive arena. Once again this year, ALS will gather over 1,000 attendees from global companies leading and accelerating the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car.

Konsulko Group works closely with Automotive Grade Linux to support AGL development, releases and demos. If you are in Tokyo at ALS, please be sure to say hello to Scott Murray and Matt Ranostay from Konsulko, and don’t forget to congratulate AGL Executive Director Dan Cauchy as an ECD Top Embedded Innovator of 2018!