Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:38

Linux Foundation's bid to boost 'Internet of Things'

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The Linux Foundation has corralled a large number of digital companies into what it calls the AllSeen Alliance, a consortium that aims to advance adoption and innovation in the Internet of Everything in homes and industry.

The Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to increasing the growth of Linux. It also supports collaborative development.

A media release said the Internet of Everything was based on the notion that devices, objects and systems could be connected to share information.

Founding members of the AllSeen Alliance include Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK (all premier level). Community members include Canary, Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Letv, LIFX, Lite-on, Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Weaved and Wilocity.

The release quoted Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin as saying: "Open source software and collaborative development have been proven to accelerate technology innovation in markets where major transformation is under way.

"Nowhere is this more evident today than in the consumer, industrial and embedded industries where connected devices, systems and services are generating a new level of intelligence in the way we and our systems interact. The AllSeen Alliance represents an unprecedented opportunity to advance the Internet of Everything for both home and industry. We are very happy to host and help guide this work."

Alliance members will contribute software and engineering resources and collaborate on an open software framework that enables hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services.

The initial framework is based on the AllJoyn open source project, which was originally developed by Qualcomm Innovation Centre and is being contributed to the Alliance.

Products, applications and services created with this project can communicate over various transport layers, such as wi-fi, power line or ethernet, regardless of manufacturer or operating system and do not need internet access. The software runs on popular platforms such as Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows, including embedded variants.

The initial codebase is available on the website for developers to access and begin evaluating. The AllSeen Alliance is the Linux Foundation's 11th collaborative project.


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