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Contiki: The Open Source OS for the Internet of Things

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Contiki: The Open Source OS for the Internet of Things

Contiki is an open source operating system for the Internet of Things. Contiki connects tiny low-cost, low-power microcontrollers to the Internet. Contiki provides powerful low-power Internet communication. Contiki supports fully standard IPv6 and IPv4, along with the recent low-power wireless standards: 6lowpan, RPL, CoAP. With Contiki’s ContikiMAC and sleepy routers, even wireless routers can be battery-operated. With Contiki, development is easy and fast: Contiki applications are written in standard C, with the Cooja simulator Contiki networks can be emulated before burned into hardware, and Instant Contiki provides an entire development environment in a single download. Contiki runs on a range of low-power wireless devices, many of which can be easily purchased online. Contiki is developed by a world-wide team of developers with contributions from Atmel, Cisco, ETH, Redwire LLC, SAP, Thingsquare, and many others, led by Adam Dunkels of Thingsquare. Contiki is open source software: Contiki can be freely used both in commercial and non-commercial systems and the full source code is available. This will be added to Internet of Things Subject Tracer™.

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