Intel Launches Broad IoT Reference Platform
Intel's IoT Platform brings together the vendor's gateway, connectivity and security components into a single, integrated package aimed at developers, partners and systems integrators as a way to accelerate the development of connected, secure products for the Internet of things. Davis said the reference architecture will help users take their products out of the pilot phase and into production and mainstream deployments. Included in the platform are a number of new and upcoming Intel products, including the Wind River Edge Management System, an integrated API management middleware stack the enables developers to more easily build IoT products for specific industries. The offering reaches from the device to the cloud, which officials said speeds up the time to market, and will be embedded in the latest Intel IoT Gateway. The new gateway also includes performance improvements, more communications options and support for lower cost memory. The company said seven original design manufacturers (ODMs) currently are offering Intel IoT Gateways, with 13 more preparing to release products early next year. The company also is expanding its cloud analytics capabilities to the gateway series, and integrating Enhanced Security for Intel IoT Gateways into the gateway devices. Intel's Wang also announced that Intel Security's Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology, which improves security for devices connecting to the Intel platform, will be licensed to other chip makers. Security is a key focus for Intel Labs, he said.Intel's Bell also said that next year, Intel's partners in wearable devices—such as Opening Ceremony and Luxottica—will be able to use cloud-based portals for device management purposes. Answering a question from the audience, Fisher and Bryant spoke about the importance and reach of Intel's software business. Fisher noted that in general, Intel is known as a hardware company, but said that the company works with 3 million to 4 million software developers, while also participating in a broad array of software consortiums and various software-based events, such as hackathons. "Our visibility is pretty deep in the [areas] that we participate in," Fisher said. Fielding another question, Bell shrugged off the threat ARM poses to Intel in the Internet of things, saying that his company has silicon that is competitive with ARM in terms of energy efficiency and has a much broader solution. "Fundamentally, I think our technology is better," Bell said. "We have better technology; we have the better overall solution."
"With 50 billion devices out there, you don't want people to know how you brush your hair," Wang said. "You don't want people to know how you brush your teeth or what you had for breakfast."