AllSeen Alliance Boosts Internet of Things Efforts

Anyone interested in the Internet of Things has already heard one message repeatedly at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: interoperability is key. That's why the AllSeen Alliance selected CES to announce the release of its AllJoyn Gateway Agent.

"There are millions of connected devices on the market and that number is growing exponentially," said Art Lancaster, CTO of the IoT software company Affinegy and chair of the AllSeen Alliance Gateway Working Group. "The AllSeen Alliance believes that consumers should have control over these devices and their data -- with the assurance that these connections are both private and secure. The AllJoyn Gateway Agent is the industry's first standard way to connect IoT devices and applications with such confidence."

The AllJoyn Gateway Agent enables four things that are critical for the fast-developing Internet of Things: remote access and management; security and data privacy; interoperability; and use of open standards, according to the AllSeen Alliance. It's an open-source software framework that's designed to connect devices "regardless of brand, transport, platform or operating system."

More than 900 IoT Exhibitors

The Internet of Things is getting a lot of attention at CES, which runs through Friday. According to a spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the show, more than 900 exhibitors at this year's event fall into the IoT category.

One big obstacle to enabling the full potential of the Internet of Things is "the absence of a unified community and universal framework that prioritizes intelligent interoperability," according to the AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry consortium of IoT-minded that was established in December 2013.

Led by the nonprofit Linux Foundation, the AllSeen Alliance has since grown to 112 members, including Bosch, Cisco, LG, Lenovo, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, Symantec and Verisign. The initial framework for the alliance's AllJoyn open-source effort was developed...

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