Sierra Wireless Introduces Legato for Embedded Application Development

Open-source embedded platform built on Linux provides a head start for M2M developers, with pre-integrated and validated components that provide connectivity to any cloud, any network, and any peripheral.


Sierra Wireless has introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications from the device to the cloud.

“We expect millions of devices to be connected over the next few years, but there are significant challenges to overcome to enable the Internet of Things,” said Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer for Sierra Wireless. “One of these challenges is the time and investment required to get a new M2M application from design to deployment and beyond. In building Legato, our aim is to provide a complete device-to-cloud solution for developers, along with tools, support, and a development community to help streamline these efforts and give embedded M2M projects a head start.”

The Legato embedded platform tightly integrates Wind River Linux, a commercial-grade Linux distribution with a rich set of capabilities based on the latest open source technologies, with an M2M application framework and feature-rich tools. It makes M2M application development quicker, easier, and more flexible by providing a tested and validated solution on an established, well-supported open source foundation with built-in connectivity, security, and management.

Developed from the Yocto Project open source development infrastructure, Wind River Linux uses the latest Linux kernel as its upstream source to ensure customers have commercially supported access to the newest advancements from the open source community. Wind River Linux and the board support package in Legato have been validated on AirPrime® WP and AR Series smart modules, and Wind River is committed to providing professional services to Legato customers, including customization, technical support and training.

“For organizations building applications and services for the Internet of Things, long-term stability and support for the solution are critically important considerations,” said Dinyar Dastoor, Vice President of Product Management at Wind River. “Working together with Wind River, Legato provides the support and flexibility they need, ensuring that the time and effort they invest in development are protected over the long-term. This preserves both the longevity of their deployments and interoperability with other systems and hardware over time. Drawing from a heritage of proven technologies and broad vertical market expertise, Wind River can help customers navigate new opportunities for IoT.”

Giving embedded M2M development a head start from the device to the cloud

Legato provides embedded M2M developers with a head start, significantly reducing the time and cost to build their solutions. It provides existing customizable components needed for M2M solutions across a wide range of target markets, including connected cars, smart meters, and industrial automation.

Ready to run – The application framework, Wind River Linux distribution, and development environment are already set up. For AirPrime WP and AR smart module customers, Legato comes pre-loaded on the module, allowing OEMs to begin developing immediately.

Ready to build – Legato allows developers to focus on the core applications that will add the most value to their own products, because it comes with common M2M features built in to save development time. The Linux base allows it to be easily ported to any external processor, meaning it can be used across a deployment with a mix of hardware solutions and re-used from one generation of hardware to the next. With multi-language support, OEMs can better leverage existing software and the skillsets of their development teams.

Ready to connect – Designed for connected products, Legato removes the complexity of wireless integration. Legato seamlessly connects to AirVantage M2M Cloud and offers robust application protocol interfaces (APIs) that make it easy to connect to a multitude of peripheral devices, networks, and third-party cloud services over both wired and wireless hardware interfaces, with no connectivity expertise required.

With the AirVantage M2M Cloud, it becomes easy to securely deploy and update embedded applications over the air. AirVantage can also offer a critical strategic advantage – it allows OEMs, service providers, and their customers to configure and manipulate the data they collect from their connected assets, integrating it easily into their own back-end systems for business intelligence, even in real time when required.