Panasonic announced today a move aimed to spur development of the IoT market.
IoT (Internet of Things) gets a little less attention these days than the wearable sector. One reason for that is that most of the IoT development is happening the business applications and less consumer facing. There is a lot of growth opportunity of IoT for consumers, but it still the beginning. Wearables are making the transition into the mass market this year with the launch of the Apple Watch next month.
In the light of pushing IoT development, Panasonic announced today to share intellectual property. Panasonic plans to make available for royalty-free use mature and tested device-to-cloud software technology, currently employed in home monitoring systems, solar energy and in retail applications. By increasing interoperability and security, the Panasonic initiative is expected to spur development and introduction of IoT solutions and connected devices by companies, universities and individuals.
“Open sourcing a proprietary technology invites the open source community to evaluate, work on and ultimately improve the software. In a market full of incompatible, proprietary offerings, this initiative brings a powerful tool to developers and equipment makers to help them create what the market wants in the IoT: interoperable and flexible services and applications leveraging data from connected devices and most importantly value to the customer,” said Panasonic Corporation of North American Chief Technology Officer Todd Rytting. “We are excited to contribute some of our technology and expertise to the effort already underway at the AllSeen Alliance. We hope our IoT initiative will inspire other global companies to contribute intellectual property and ideas to making networks work together through this alliance,” he said.
Panasonic will contribute its device-to-cloud software open source code to the OpenDOF Project Inc., a non-profit entity Panasonic founded earlier this month to administer open source software contributed by Panasonic and the open source community.
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It will focus on expanding a secure, flexible and interoperable open source software framework to enable the development of scalable and reliable network services from a variety of components and systems including gateways and cloud services. The framework will support different IoT networking technologies, and new deployments as well as legacy systems. It will target services in two major areas: collecting data from devices such as sensors and remote control of devices. Panasonic will also contribute software code and experience to the Gateway Working Group of the AllSeen Alliance.