create #AccessibleOlli world’s most accessible bus for aging & disabled

Urban mobility is a $1.5T market affecting 4 billion people. Our aging and disabled citizens are underserved by current transportation systems. Societal pressures and regulations require that everyone make all of their transportation fully accessible.

#AccessibleOlli is crowdsourced effort for you & your community to use cognitive & IoT technologies, design thinking & #STEM with schools to create the “world’s most accessible mobility” for aging & disabled. With Olli self-driving shuttle from Local Motors as testbed for integrating accessible designs and prototypes you create in a global design challenge and 9 city worldwide Watson IoT hackathon series. Your work culminates in CES `18 #AccessibleOlli exhibition with your #AccessibleOlli autonomous shuttle interacting with the public and assistive technologies such as autonomous wheelchairs.

#AccessibleOlli needs your insights and sweat to solve accessibility challenges. As with Olli, your #AccessibleOlli contributions are portable to cars, elevators, hotels, hospitals, trains and homes.

Get on the bus! Join CTA FoundationAARPMITPTECH schoolsASULocal MotorsUltrahapticswhat3words, MapboxFront PorchIBM AccessibilityWatson IoT AutoLAB, cities pursuing #AccessibleOlli grants, and all others that want to contribute. IBMers check out

Need people with disabilities, accessible design, IoT, robotics, directed audio, diarization, augmented reality, haptics, ultrasonic haptics, machine vision, multi-modal transportation, and recommend technologies to complete your vision for the “world’s most accessible transportation”.

#AccessibleOlli twitter and #AccessibleOlli LinkedIn Share your love for what we’re doing with @localmotors and our community.

#AccessibleOlli team talking about why this work is so important to the world

 #AccessibleOlli design thinking workshop with PTECH school kids, Local Motors, CTA Foundation, IBM Accessibility and Watson IoT AutoLAB

PTECHOllicopy #AccessibleOlli design thinking at AARP Hatchery in Washington DC with IBM Accessibility, Local Motors and CTA Foundation working with aging experts representing the needs of AARP’s 38 million members


IBM Olli #1 we could use as rolling testbed for #AccessibleOlli


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“Makers & Co-Creation” with AT&T, GE FirstBuild, Local Motors at AllSeen Alliance Summit

Here is our recent panel from the AllSeen Alliance Summit, like any great movie it becomes even more riveting in the 3rd act 🙂
We had lots of great discussion and activity at our collaboration project’s recent event.
Alex is AT&T’s global developer evangelist, running 30 events a year with thousands of developers and makers.   In fact today he is in Manila running one right now.
John is the head of connected devices for GE Appliances and connectivity maker at FirstBuild which does crowdsourced home appliances, hosts makerfaire, etc.

Jay is the founder of Local Motors and has a team of 130,000 people that collaborate on open hardware design of new cars, motorcycles, and other things that roll.  Like what I and AllSeen Alliance and Linux Foundation do for collaborative software development, Jay‘s community does for hardware.  They recently 3D printed a car.  Google says there were 31,400 news items about that.

I’m also a fan of Tenaya Hurst of dog hunter / Linino.  She’s a mad maker of wearables, quite awesome.  She is who you hear asking this panel about the importance of failure.  She even makes her own music videos 🙂

AllSeen Alliance: THIS is what collaboration looks like

AllSeen Alliance Summit was a lot of fun.  Expected 80 people but instead had 224 people from 100 companies and 19 countries come to collaborate. This gives you an idea of what collaboration looks like:

AllSeen Alliance Summit 2014

Want to know how things work?  We collaborate.  Community is completely open and transparent.  We’re all about collaborating, adopting the best standards and creating open source IoT software people can just take and use to create things.  Don’t even have to be a member.

A little bit of Spring and MQTT

thoughts on using Spring and MQTT from one of my favorite people. This is the best way to MQTT enable your Java app servers, though obviously you can also use JMS if your MQTT broker (for example MessageSight) supports that too.  But if your java app servers are in one location and your MQTT broker is in another, i.e. cloud then this is the way.

The lost outpost

I’ve been involved with Spring (the Java framework, not the season…) for a couple of years now – since I joined VMware in 2012 through the former SpringSource organisation in the UK – and I’ve remained “involved” with it through my transition to Pivotal and the framework’s evolution into Spring 4 / Spring.IO under Pivotal’s stewardship.

To be clear, although I’ve been a “Java guy” / hacker through my time at IBM, I have never been a hardcore JEE coder, and my knowledge of Spring itself has always been limited. My good buddy Josh (MISTER Spring, no less) has done his best to encourage me, I briefly played with Spring Shell last year with @pidster, and the brilliant work done by the Spring Boot guys has been helpful in making me look at Spring again (I spoke about Boot – very briefly, as a newcomer to it –…

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Connected Car sessions at IOD Big Data

Here’s a partial list of sessions and things to see:

Tuesday, Nov 5

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

South Pacific I

LMP-3613A: Connected Car is Mobile, Social, Cloud, Big Data

Joe Speed, IBM m2m Leader


Tuesday, Nov 5

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jasmine G

Session IBD-3990 – Real-time big data analytics – Bringing Data Integration and Application Integration together

IBM Speaker:  Michael Curry, Vice President, WebSphere Foundation Product Management

Tuesday Nov 5

12:45 PM – 1:45 pm

Bayside Dining IM BoF Tables 15 & 15

Session number:  IBD-3957A – “Connected Car and Big Data:  Driving a Responsive Experience“

Moderator:  Michael Riley

Tuesday Nov 5 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Tradewinds Room – Mandalay Bay North (lower level)

By invite

Conquer the Big Data Challenge of Sensor Data – Luncheon

Steve Shoaf, IBM, IM Worldwide Sales

Joe Speed, IBM m2m Leader

Oliver Goh, CEO Shaspa

Kevin Brown, IBM, Informix Chief Architect

Wed, Nov 6

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

South Pacific B

LAU-3836A: Best practices in collection, change and version management of Infotainment data at Jaguar Land Rover

Matt Jones, Director Infotainment Systems JLR, VP GENIVI

Every day Connected car demo featuring MessageSight, InfoSphere Streams, and Worklight in a hands-on demo area of the expo

Joint ped #31 with Geospatial in the demo room

Wednesday, Nov 6

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

South Pacific C

LAU-3618A: Big Data & Analytics Drives Quality Improvements at General Motors

Kevin Mixer, General Motors, Global Director Vehicle Solutions for Quality, Engineering and Research; Jim Bydalek, IBM, Partner – Business Analytics & Optimization

Tuesday, Nov 5

01:45 PM – 02:45 PM South Pacific B

LAU-3315A: Solving the mystery: How BMW drives business analytics to leverage customer value

Alexander Thamm, alexanderthamm GmbH, Managing Director; Stefan Meinzer, BMW AG, Head of Customer Satisfaction Analytics; Anuj Marfatia, IBM, Program Director

Tuesday, Nov 5

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM South Pacific B

LAU-3283A: Preventing Manufacturing Problems Before They Occur

Tom Marks, Daimler Trucks North America, Manager, Business Excellence;
Dan Barrett, IBM , Business Analytics Industrial Sector Solutions

Tue Nov 5 ( 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. )

Islander H

LCI-1783A: IBM MobileFirst: Put Your Business in Motion

Phil Buckellew, IBM


Tue Nov 5 ( 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. )

Mandalay Bay C

BBD-2540A: Using Big Data to Drive Innovation and Dealer Satisfaction at BMW

Stefan Meinzer, BMW Group

Matthias Oehm, IBM Deutschland

Johann Prenninger,BMW Group

Tue Nov 5 ( 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. )

South Pacific B

LAU-1732A: Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, and Beyond for the Automotive Industry

Dan Ricci

MQTT speeds GENIVI, Tizen, Automotive Grade Linux

MQTT is open source (Eclipse), open standard (OASIS) lightweight pub/sub messaging for mobile networks.  Versus HTTPS on mobile networks it is 93x faster, uses 1/11th as much battery to send, 1/170th to receive.  It just requires a TCP/IP stack and the clients are quite small, for example 12KB on Arduino.

1/2 dozen automakers and several tier-1 suppliers are already working with MQTT (and my product IBM MessageSight)

To try MQTT on Automotive Grade Linux, just launch an Xterm and type:

webskeleton -f

Live demos, HTML5 source code and demo videos are at

Tutorials and demo videos 

MQTT client source for C, C++, Java, HTML5 JavaScript, Lua, Python and Eclipse plug-in

Download MessageSight for Developers free virtual appliance.   Easy, secure, and quite fast.

Or RSMB (really small message broker) which is a 75KB MQTT broker for embedded systems (or desktop development) that will be soon be open source on

You can also use my Internet accessible MQTT sandbox, simply point your MQTT or MQTT over HTML5 WebSocket apps at port 1883

Not to be immodest, but I think these are worth reading.  @mobilebit twitter also has lots of info

IBM Messaging (MessageSight and MQ) resources:

Really have to love today’s Google Trends for MQTT