‘AllSeen Alliance’ gives IoT its direction

If you take a look at Gartner’s emerging technology ‘Hype Cycle’ for 2013, you’ll see the “Internet of Things” riding high at the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’. This means, defined by Gartner, publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures.

Speaking to both players and analysts, they’ll tell you the IoT is very disjointed – with companies working on their own proprietary ecosystems; rather than working together.

In comes the ‘AllSeen Alliance’, formed by technology leaders such as; Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK. Its purpose is to create an open software framework that enables hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services.

Such partnerships and pooling of resources will be required to accelerate the growth of this field in both homes and industries; creating the $1.9 trillion to the global economy Gartner predicts by 2020.

In an interview with Paul Davison from MLL Telecoms just over a week ago, Davison spoke to TelecomsTech about the danger “is that everybody has their own database, and it becomes very fragmented.”

He went on to say: “The challenge for us is saying; as the network grows, and we’ve got devices out there collecting all kinds of data, how do we get it into one central place so people can do interesting mash-ups and work out ways to use it so it benefits everybody?”

We may have to get back in touch and tell him about the AllSeen Alliance - to make MLL Telecoms part of the many “community members” which also 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 initial framework is being built upon key-partner Qualcomm’s “AllJoyn” Open-Source project; and will be expanded with contributions from member companies and the open source community.

Products, applications and services created with the AllJoyn open source project can communicate over various transport layers, such as Wi-Fi, power line or Ethernet, regardless of manufacturer or operating system and without the need for Internet access.

The supported platforms include; Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows - including embedded variants. Developers can get started at http://www.allseenalliance.org.

An example of the project is given in today’s press release, which states: “a family that installs a smart lock built with the framework for their front door will seamlessly be able to connect it to smart lights that also use the framework and security cameras from other manufacturers.

Unauthorized entries can trigger the lights to flash and the camera to take a photo of the intruder and send a notification and picture to the smart TV.”

The Alliance will be showing off some of the first AllSeen products at CES this January, including new televisions from LG.

Do you think the AllSeen Alliance can provide the IoT with its needed direction?

To learn more about the Internet of Things visit IoT Tech Expo Europe taking place in London's Olympia, 2-3 December, 2015. 

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