The MQTT Company’, that is the title dc-square has earned itself. The company is known around the world for its MQTT broker software, HiveMQ, the first commercial MQTT software in the world that is used in over 120 countries. HiveMQ was launched in 2013 and ensures that all the devices and services connected share information through instant, bi-directional push messages and send current data into back-end systems in near real time. The program can integrate with those databases and data processing pipelines and big data lakes; it is the puzzle piece between constrained devices and enterprise systems. “When we asked ourselves how you would connect these kinds of machines, it was pretty clear was that most components do not have a Greenfield where they can build upon,” says Dominik Obermaier, CTO of dc-square. However, they have existing systems in place that store manufactured devices or user authentication databases.
A big chunk of dc-square’s HiveMQ customers are Fortune 500 companies that have complex systems and environments. When designing HiveMQ, dc-square focused on making its solution scalable. Faced with the idea of connecting millions of devices, like connected cars, HiveMQ was built to scale almost infinitely. Another critical challenge that dc-square saw in the market was security.
Faced with the idea of connecting millions of devices, like connected cars, HiveMQ was built to scale almost infinitely
HiveMQ supports state-of-the-art security standards like SSL/TLS from day one and is built for mission-critical deployments that demand high-security requirements.
“In this age of Industry 4.0, in Germany, customers connect their factories and shop floors with HiveMQ,” continues Obermaier. The company’s other clientele includes customers that build enterprise chat applications that connect millions of people around the world. dc-square also provides consulting services and shares its expertise through seminars, workshops, and projects with customers. The engineers at dc-square have a unique skill set; they create the product that delivers high-performance applications. The company can connect more than ten million devices with its HiveMQ product, which is much higher compared to the competition in the market. It employs low-level engineers who know the ins and outs of the network, which is critical for the company as well as for the customers.
The on boarding process for new customers depends on their requirements. Some customers know that they require the MQTT program and approach dc-square for professional support. The company also offers remote consulting, where it integrates HiveMQ into customer’s existing systems or design new systems for the customer’s development team.dc-square also offers consultants who help customers integrate HiveMQ into complex environments, to teach themselves about the technologies used. When customers require dc-square to integrate the product into their ecosystem, its consultants write plug-ins for the program, so there is seamless integration with the existing environments.
dc-square is in the process of broadening its service offering, as many of its customers are demanding professional services. The launch of the next generation of its product—HiveMQ 4 is planned this year, which will implement the new MQTT v5 standard. The company is looking to implement a programming library so that customers can connect their back-end or big data systems and scale with dc-square’s product.