Sony Joins AllSeen Alliance IoT Standards Group
The electronics vendor becomes the 64th company to join the consortium, which is being run as a Linux Foundation project.Sony is the latest major tech vendor to join the AllSeen Alliance, a consortium of technology companies, device makers and appliance manufacturers that is developing an open framework for the Internet of things based on its AllJoyn open source code. Sony on Sept. 2 became the most recent premier member of the group, joining such companies as Microsoft, Qualcomm, Panasonic, Sharp and Electrolux, which signed on with the alliance about a week earlier. An AllSeen official said having companies like Sony as members is key to advancing the group's efforts. "Open source provides the unique ability to collaborate across company lines to advance technologies and enable change," Liat Ben-Zur, chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance, said in a statement. "The only way to build the future of ubiquitously connected devices is by working together." Sony makes a wide range of consumer electronic devices, from video and game systems to IT products.
"Developing and progressing the Internet of Everything ecosystem is essential for us to broaden and enrich our customers' everyday experiences," Hideyuki Furumi, president of UX, product strategy, sales and marketing at Sony, said in a statement. "And this is an area where we at Sony are focused on delivering satisfying and exciting experiences to our customers. The biggest challenge is connecting everything seamlessly, and we believe that by joining the AllSeen Alliance with which we share the same philosophy, we can strive to deliver these experiences together."