CPqD Creates Open-Source IoT Platform

Thanks to an investment from FUNTTEL, the dojot platform was created with the goal of generating solutions for smart cities in Brazil.
By Edson Perin
Sep 19, 2017

Security, robustness and ease of use are key considerations in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications geared toward Brazilian needs in several areas, such as smart cities and agribusiness, among others. These are some of the goals of the dojot open-source platform, which CPqD launched on Sept. 12, 2017, in São Paulo.

The name chosen for the platform refers to a practice known in the information technology (IT) world: "dojô" is a meeting at which programmers train in techniques and methodologies of software development, through the solution of challenges. The word originates with martial arts training. The practice is associated with the IoT concept, the implementation of which poses challenges and requires a series of technologies that allow for the collection, transmission, processing, cross-referencing and analysis of information.

"Dojot is an enabling platform capable of accelerating the development of IoT applications appropriate to the Brazilian reality, in several areas and with local support," says Sebastião Sahão Jr., CPqD's president. To encourage its adoption by companies, startups and other institutions interested in developing these applications, the platform was built based upon open-source tools and has open-source code.

According to Maurício Casotti, from CPqD's marketing team, 3 million Brazilian real ($959,000) will be invested, during a span of three years, in resources from Brazil's Fund for the Technological Development of Telecommunications (FUNTTEL), with the country's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC). The development is part of a larger project, funded by FUNTTEL and the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (FINEP), which is being conducted by CPqD in partnership with other Brazilian science and technology institutions.

Those interested in developing IoT applications using the platform can already obtain code via the dojot online portal. The site also provides documentation regarding how to use the components and interface, and provides explanatory video tutorials.

"The intention is to stimulate open innovation and facilitate the construction of an ecosystem aimed at offering Internet of Things solutions in the country," says Alberto Paradisi, CPqD's VP of research and development. By adopting the dojot platform, he explains, the developer community can contribute to its evolution and constant improvement—which is one of the premises of the open platform.

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