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Konsulko Group: The Year in Review 2022

2022 went by quickly with Konsulko engineers working closely with our customers, our partners and the open source community. For the tenth straight year, Konsulko Group has helped our clients build outstanding commercial products with Embedded Linux, Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded, as well as deploying Over-the-Air (OTA) software updating.

Engaging with our customers

We had particular success with our Konsulko Continuous Time Engagement™ offering, providing dedicated engineering resources for two of the world’s largest semiconductor companies. This model provides guaranteed engineering time for an agreed period. KCTE has allowed our customers to use our engineers on a variety of their requirements, and switch between these tasks as the rest of their project and in-house engineering required.

Of course, many of our clients prefer Konsulko OnDemand Time Engagement™, SOW-based engineering for high level consulting, on-demand support, and specific tasks within a larger project. KOTE is also best for longer term engagements without a hard deadline that can be stopped and started as necessary, and projects with an expected pause (such as bring-up of new hardware which almost always results in a re-spin of the PCB).

Partnerships and Conferences

We continue our strong relationship with the Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux. We worked with mender.io and PHYTEC, providing support and development for their customers. With our friends at ICS, we presented at a joint webinar in August, Software Update Mechanisms: Selecting the Best Solution by Konsulko’s Leon Anavi and ICS’ Jeff Tranter.

Our Konsulko engineers were active participants (often in person, sometimes virtually) in conferences and developer gatherings. Leon Anavi, Vitaly and Maria Wool, and Tim Orling made presentations at the Embedded Linux Conferences (North America and Europe), FOSDEM and Yocto Project Summits:

Tim also posted a technical paper on Using kernel config fragments to remove an unwanted feature.

Two top engineers join the Konsulko team

The bar is pretty high for joining Konsulko Group. Some of our team have thirty years experience with embedded software and Linux. Most have over twenty and all have over fifteen years, working (and playing) with Linux and the open source community. So we were happy to welcome Denys Dmytriyenko and António Oliveira to Konsulko Group this year.

Denys is a long time Open Source Software developer, contributing code to many FOSS projects, like glibc, PostgreSQL, KDE, MythTV, LIRC, OpenEmbedded, and Yocto Project. Before joining Konsulko Group, he worked as Software Developer and Architect for Texas Instruments for almost 20 years on numerous Embedded Linux (MIPS and ARM-based) products. Since 2011 Denys has served on the OpenEmbedded Board of Directors, and since 2019, on the Yocto Project Technical Steering Committee. He is a long time contributor and maintainer of numerous recipes and layers in the OpenEmbedded/Yocto Project universe.

António has worked in development of highly optimized hardware and software ranging from deeply embedded microcontrollers to full-fledged graphical user interfaces. During this time, he has gained extensive experience in build automation tools, analog and digital circuits, powerline communications, and low power and low frequency radio communications. An active member of the open source community, he has contributed to Yocto Project and the Linux kernel. In addition to his work as an embedded engineer, António served eight years on the executive board of his local parish in Portugal, including four years on the municipal council.

We hope you will have the opportunity to work with Denys, António and the rest of Konsulko Group in 2023.

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.

AGL members: Be sure to attend the virtual All Member Meeting

Automotive Grade Linux Virtual AMM March 17-18

The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) All Member Meeting takes place bi-annually and brings the AGL community together to learn about the latest developments, share best practices and collaborate to drive rapid innovation across the industry.

This All Member Meeting will take place virtually, March 17-18, 2021, allowing you to attend from anywhere in the world, and include opportunities to network with other attendees, attend sessions with live speaker Q&A, and much more.

AGL members can register here.

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.

Konsulko Group is going to Embedded World

When Embedded World began in 2003, Linux and open source were still a very small part of the embedded software business. Year after year, Embedded Linux has grown steadily. This year at Embedded World 2020 over 120 companies will be highlighting over 130 Embedded Linux products and services, including the Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux (Hall 4 / 4-171).

If you are coming to Nuremberg, February 25-27, we hope will see you around the AGL stand, on the show floor, or at one of the many social events. Please contact us directly if you’d like to set up a meeting.

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 Group to present at ALS Tokyo

Now in its eighth year, Automotive Linux Summit connects the Linux developer community with vendors and users to drive the future of embedded devices in the automotive arena.

On Wednesday, July 17, Scott Murray and Matt Ranostay of Konsulko Group will present Building an AGL Telematics Profile Demonstration Platform. This profile serves as a base for building headless telematics device images. Scott and Matt will discuss a practical use case, using the profile to build an AGL demonstration platform for a vehicle tracker or an insurance company’s driver data collection device.

Co-located with Open Source Summit Japan, ALS will be held at this year at Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo.


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.

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