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The Internet

In the Internet age it is common for devices to be interconnected in some way. ITDev has an excellent track record in designing communications schemes and making technology choices in this area.

We have a deep knowledge of Internet protocols from SMTP to SOAP and can utilise these existing standards to rapidly develop a solution.

We apply the latest standards of modularisation, testing and design for security to our communications work.

Custom Protocols

For systems with low resources, where good performance is needed, a custom protocol may be the correct choice. ITDev can help with:

  • Choice of packet or stream based systems
  • Mapping data into a suitable representation
  • Analysis of states, timing, concurrency and race conditions
  • Implementing standard network layering using the OSI model
  • Security
  • Unit testing, documentation and verification
  • Performance testing

Often our custom protocols are built on a common base such as:

  • The socket programming interface
  • USB
  • I2C

Protocol Implementation

ITDev has created a virtual network model using embedded Linux to facilitate the development of next generation TCP/IP queueing algorithms, for enhanced quality of service (QoS).

We have partnered with a company to develop firmware implementing the IEEE 802.15.4 specification for building ultra low-power digital radio networks using the Zigbee standard.

We have worked with companies deploying the latest RFID technology into wireless data measurement and location devices.

Relevant Communications Standards

  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • Zigbee
  • TCP/IP and UDP
  • HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • DNS
  • SOAP (an XML based protocol for delivering web services)

Latest Blog Posts

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Posted 11th January 2019, By James H
Making a Stratum 1 Linux Time Server: Part 3 We have found out in the previous two parts of this series why distributed devices might need a method to ...more
Posted 14th December 2018, By James H
In the previous article we saw that getting distributed devices to agree on the current time is hard. This article, the second in a series of three, will ...more
Posted 4th December 2018, By James H
Generally distributed devices will need to agree on time in order to effectively coordinate tasks but getting everyone to tell the same time is challenging! ...more
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Posted 14th November 2018, By Orianne T
As a company, ITDev invests in the future of engineering by offering summer internships to undergraduates. Matthew wanted to share some advice to other ...more

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Posted 15th February 2019
Following our company tradition, we recently donated the proceeds from our staff-run tuck shop to our nominated charity, Winchester Churches Nightshelter.
Posted 23rd January 2019
Following on from ITDev's growth in 2018, we are delighted to announce that we have welcomed a further 2 new starters to the team: Simon and Quentin. With ...more
Raising a toast to Matt and Steve for 10 year anniversary
Posted 7th January 2019
As a values driven consultancy, our beliefs and attitudes are firmly embedded in our culture and we're proud that our staff demonstrate these values, creating ...more