Kai Kreuzer

Java Software Architect and IoT Professional.
Founder and project lead of openHAB.

openHAB 2 has arrived!

Three years after initiating the Eclipse SmartHome project, I am proud to finally announce the general availability of openHAB 2.0, the first openHAB release that is based on Eclipse SmartHome!

This release replaces openHAB 1.8 as the officially recommended runtime, only the openHAB 1 compatible add-ons will be further maintained. They are now available in version 1.9.0 and can be used on existing openHAB 1.8 installations. We have reached far more than 200 add-ons in this package by now and most of them can also be used in conjunction with openHAB 2 (see below).


openHAB 2.0 beta3 Release

Some time has passed since the openHAB 2.0 beta2 release and a lot development efforts were done - so it was clearly time to release openHAB 2.0 beta3. I see that many openHAB contributors and users are moving over from 1.x by looking at the activity in our forum and there has been very positive feedback regarding the stability.


openHAB Foundation

After many months of preparation, it is finally done: We have started the openHAB Foundation on May 20 as a non-profit organisation for promoting Free software for smart home in general and openHAB in particular! In a good Silicon Valley style, we have chosen my (certainly automated) garage as the most suitable location. I am very grateful for having been unanimously elected as their president by the founding members.


Smart Home Technology at EclipseCon France

EclipseCon France is less than three weeks away from now and I am very much looking forward to it! It is the first time for me to attend an EclipseCon in France and also to visit the city of Toulouse - my main encounter with the French Smart Home community has been an Eclipse Day in Grenoble last year, which was much fun.


Semantic Interoperability in the Internet of Things

I had the honor to participate in a workshop on IoT Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI) organized by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and hosted by Ericsson in Santa Clara.
There is no doubt that interoperability is a huge issue today and the idea of the workshop was to analyze the situation, define potential ways forward and especially to bring relevant people and organisations together to ignite discussions and cooperations. A huge number of people applied for workshop and many had to be rejected in order to keep the workshop at a reasonable size.

As a result, there were representatives from many major organizations and corporations:
Allseen Alliance, ARM, Deutsche Telekom (me), Eclipse IoT (me as well), Ericsson, Google, Huawei, IETF, Microsoft, NIST, OMA, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Oracle, SmartThings, ZigBee Alliance, and many more.