Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Mender extends OTA updates to all IoT devices and software

Steve Rogerson
March 21, 2019
 
The team behind the Mender.io open-source project for over-the-air (OTA) software update management for IoT devices has unveiled Mender Enterprise, a supported version of Mender that extends software updates to all software and devices in the IoT.
 
Mender Enterprise builds on the success of the Mender open source project and is customisable for fine-grained updates of all software and devices in the IoT.
 
"We launched Mender Enterprise due to the demand of extending support to smaller devices and supporting the wider variety of OTA use cases," said Eystein Stenberg, CTO of California-based Mender.io. "Mender Enterprise will allow other use cases that include proxy deployments, container- and package-based updates, as well as many other use cases."
 
While the Mender open source project supports Linux-based devices on embedded systems such as systems-on-module and single board computers, Mender Enterprise extends its support to more resource-constrained devices such as microcontrollers and ECUs. Mender Enterprise enables the flexibility and customisation to support the heterogeneous embedded systems market so any device and operating system can be supported.
 
"We are experiencing strong growth and it is clear what the IoT market needs: an extensible update manager that supports a wide mix of connected devices and use cases," said Ralph Nguyen, head of community development for Mender.io. "Our customers come from a broad range of industries, including automotive, industrial, transportation, healthcare, smart energy, housing and consumer electronics. Each industry has their own nuances; Mender Enterprise is aimed at addressing this through customisation and extensibility."
 
Thomas Ryd, Mentor.io CEO, added: "Mender Enterprise's flexibility and customisation allows it to meet the disparate needs of the growing connected device market and expands on our mission of securing the world's connected devices by ensuring any device can be updated to fix bugs, patch security vulnerabilities and deploy new features to devices in the field."