Microsoft Joins AllSeen Internet of Things Group
The software vendor becomes a member of a consortium that is developing an open framework for the IoT based on Qualcomm's AllJoyn code.Microsoft has thrown its considerable might behind the AllSeen Alliance, becoming the latest tech vendor to join the 6-month-old consortium that is working to build an open platform for the Internet of things. Microsoft on July 2 became the group's 51st member, joining a range of other tech heavyweights and smaller vendors like Panasonic, Cisco Systems, Symantec, LG Electronics and Qualcomm. AllSeen, which launched in late December 2013, is a project of the Linux Foundation and is creating an open framework for the Internet of things (IoT) based on the AllJoyn open-source code originally developed by Qualcomm. The announcement of Microsoft's membership came a day after the consortium announced the latest beta version of AllJoyn, Version 14.06, which proponents said offers enhancements that improve security and performance through the use of elliptic curve cryptography and features that simplify machine-to-machine interactions, reduce power use and optimize publish/subscribe use cases, such as sensors. "The result is significant performance improvements to overall network performance and the basis for the next stage in the evolution of the platform," Greg Burns, chairman of AllSeen's Technical Steering Committee and vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Connected Experiences, said in a post on the consortium's blog.
The IoT encompasses the growing number of intelligent devices, sensors and systems—from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to manufacturing systems, cars, home appliances and health care devices—that are becoming increasingly connected to each other, generating and sharing massive amounts of data. Cisco officials have said that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020 and that the Internet of everything—which the networking vendor says includes the IoT—will be worth as much as $19 trillion to companies worldwide by the end of the decade.