Edge software development for IoT devices is woefully inefficient compared to software development for centralized or cloud environments. Writing software for a Bosch security camera or an automotive subcomponent requires “loaner devices” that may take days or weeks of cumbersome setup. Just getting such hardware to boot may include moving jumpers around, flashing SD cards, holding down special switches while cycling the power, watching the terminal and pressing F1 at just the right time, etc. Without the familiar DevOps support available in the cloud, edge developers often lose TWO DAYS per week to deficiencies in their tooling and workflows. For hardware OEMs like Bosch, this friction means slower IoT application development, longer cycle times to release new hardware capabilities, and optimization processes that are anything but agile.

F0CAL brings modern, collaborative workflows to the relationship between hardware providers and application developers. We are seeking a p...
Edge software development for IoT devices is woefully inefficient compared to software development for centralized or cloud environments. Writing software for a Bosch security camera or an automotive subcomponent requires “loaner devices” that may take days or weeks of cumbersome setup. Just getting such hardware to boot may include moving jumpers around, flashing SD cards, holding down special switches while cycling the power, watching the terminal and pressing F1 at just the right time, etc. Without the familiar DevOps support available in the cloud, edge developers often lose TWO DAYS per week to deficiencies in their tooling and workflows. For hardware OEMs like Bosch, this friction means slower IoT application development, longer cycle times to release new hardware capabilities, and optimization processes that are anything but agile.

F0CAL brings modern, collaborative workflows to the relationship between hardware providers and application developers. We are seeking a partnership with Bosch to build the infrastructure for a new era of agile hardware across multiple industry verticals.

“Making hardware agile” requires the ability to automate IoT hardware and expose it to the public internet in a way that makes sense, both for the hardware owner and the software developer wanting to use it. F0CAL does this through an integrated, three-part SaaS solution built on a modern, scalable stack:
1. Client – A simple programmable interface run by the user (edge software developer) that translates basic commands into actions on a piece of remote hardware.
2. API – “The hub of the wheel,” application programming interface run and maintained in the cloud by F0CAL; a central communication point for all the other solution components.
3. Server – A pre-packaged Virtual Machine runs on a laptop or workstation adjacent to their hardware prototypes, creating a “device farm as a service.”

F0CAL’s go-to-market strategy involves close collaboration with open source communities across the IoT and edge device space, many of which involve industries where Bosch is active. For example, F0CAL leads the Testing and Evaluation working group for Unimatrix, a video security project of the Linux Foundation. Likewise F0CAL is active in the Testing and Evaluation working group for Automotive Grade Linux, in which Bosch Automotive is a participant. Other verticals where F0CAL plans near term growth include drones, robotics, and industrial process automation.
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