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Embedded Linux engineers have a choice to make in June

At Konsulko Group, we’ve participated in the “virtual” developer conferences created out of necessity over the past couple of years. We eagerly awaited the return of the face-to-face meetings of the embedded community.

Our first opportunity was the Embedded Linux Conference in Seattle last September. Although major components were still virtual, those who where able to attend in person experienced the event “together“ in ways that even the best remote simulation cannot achieve.

So we are very much looking forward to ELC (part of Open Source Summit North America 2022) in Austin, Texas, and the return of Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany. Unfortunately, the pandemic initially forced rescheduling of both. Now they will occur on exactly the same dates (starting June 21, 2022) half a world apart, making it impossible to attend both onsite.

Which conference should you attend?

Unless you live in Texas or Germany, choosing by geography may not be the best option. The conferences are very different.

ELC is the premier event for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. It gathers the technical experts working on embedded systems and applications for education and collaboration, historically paving the way for transformation in these far reaching areas.

ELC is also always a good time.

For 20 years, Embedded World has combined

  • an exhibition for engineers and technical management, and
  • a world-leading conference at the intersection of applied research and industrial applications.

The trade show is massive, filling several halls, with many of Konsulko’s friends and partners exhibiting year after year. (If you go, be sure to stop by the Automotive Grade Linux stand in Hall 4.)

We hope to see you at one of these important events in June.

Konsulko Group: The Year in Review 2021

Thanks to our customers, our partners and our dedicated team of engineers, 2021 was a very successful year for Konsulko Group. 

We’ve been chosen to work on important projects in consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices, agriculture, mining, finance, and autonomous vehicles. Our engineers helped our clients, new and old, build outstanding commercial products with Embedded Linux, Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded, as well as deploying Over-the-Air (OTA) software updating.

Partnerships

“Konsulko is a recommended and trusted partner for helping Mender customers and prospects succeed in the Embedded Linux space. They have an excellent team of professionals who will deliver on time and as agreed.”

Thomas Ryd, CEO, mender.io

We continued our strong relationships with mender.io, and with the Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). 

We also launched a new partnership with PHYTEC at the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) in Seattle. Konsulko is providing support and development for PHYTEC customers using their Systems on Modules (SOMs) and Yocto Project Linux distribution.

Conferences

As in previous years, Konsulko engineers were active participants (often virtually) in conferences and developer gatherings, making presentations at ELC and Yocto Project Summits, and writing technical papers on Yocto Project, security, and OTA. We hope for a time in the not-too-distant future when it makes sense for developers from all over the world to gather again face-to-face to share ideas. 

Contributions

As many of our engineers have been working (and playing) with Open Source Software (OSS) for over 20 years, Konsulko Group is proud of our continuing commitment to contribute to the community. Last month we were happy to hear that Konsulko is #3 in contributions to Yocto Project “Non Core,” just behind industry giants ARM and Fujitsu, and ahead of every other software or hardware company.

This was even before we welcomed OSS veteran Tim Orling to the team in December. Tim was recently Core OS Architect and Yocto Project Architect for Intel Corporation, and serves as a maintainer of meta-python and many recipes in openembedded-core. He has authored hundreds of applied patches for openembedded-core and meta-openembedded. 

Doing business with Konsulko Group

As a team we have found that the best way to work with our customers and prospective customers is to provide a high level of transparency about our business processes. This year, we’ve published blogs on scoping the effort required to successfully complete a customer project, and another describing our two models of engagement

  • Konsulko Continuous Time Engagement™ for dedicated engineering resources
  • Konsulko OnDemand Time Engagement™ for high level consulting, on-demand support, and specific tasks within a larger project.

We hope you have found these useful, and we look forward to working with you in 2022.

Webinar – Getting Started with AGL using Raspberry Pi

Coming December 1, a new AGL Member Webinar by Konsulko Group’s Leon Anavi

In 2016 Automotive Grade Linux was ported to Raspberry Pi and since then this low-cost single board computer has become a preferred getting started platform among the community. Although Raspberry Pi doesn’t match the hardware capabilities of high-end industrial and automotive hardware platforms, its wide availability and low-cost makes it a great choice for rapid prototyping and exploring AGL. 

This presentation will provide guidelines and exact steps for building AGL image for Raspberry Pi. We will explore the past and present of AGL on Raspberry Pi, including practical experience for supporting Wayland, PipeWire, libostree for software over the air updates and various hardware peripherals. 

The talk is appropriate for beginners. No previous experience with AGL is required. Hopefully, the presentation will encourage more people to join and contribute to our open source community! Register here.

See you at FOSDEM

Konsulko Group engineers will be attending FOSDEM ’20 on February 1 & 2. Look for us during the conference around the Automotive Grade Linux and OpenEmbedded stands, or at Leon Anavi’s presentation on Saturday, Building Homebridge with the Yocto Project. Hope we see you in Brussels!

Hope to see you at the AGL booth at CES

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a collaborative open source project accelerating development of a fully open software platform for automotive applications. At CES 2020, AGL will be highlighting both members and the broader AGL ecosystem, demonstrating connected car services, audio innovations, instrument cluster applications, security solutions and more, all running on the AGL open source software platform.

Again this year, Konsulko Group will be supporting the AGL booth at CES [Westgate (Tech East) Smart Cities, booth 1815]. Come see us during the show or at the AGL Evening Reception on Wednesday, January 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Don’t miss the AGL All Member Meeting

The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) All Member Meeting brings the AGL community together to collaborate, learn about the latest developments and share best practices. What better place to drive rapid innovation than Monte Carlo, the home of the Circuit de Monaco. AGL members who have not already done so can register here. Konsulko Group is looking forward to seeing you there for a great AMM.

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.

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.

See you at the AGL AMM (and at ELC Europe the week after)

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.

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