The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly becoming a reality. Common objects in our homes -- lights, refrigerators, TVs, and even coffee makers -- are becoming smarter in some way and will soon be able to communicate with other devices through the Internet. However, one problem many companies face when designing smart devices is how they can interact with devices from other companies. How would a device made by Samsung communicate with a device made by Sony?
Many companies are realizing that they may need to cooperate with competitors to advance smart technology and the IoT. That is exactly what the newly formed AllSeen Alliance hopes to accomplish. Just as big name companies such as Google, IBM, and Intel contribute to the Linux Foundation to host collaborative software projects, members of the AllSeen Alliance will contribute to efforts to accelerate innovative smart technology. In fact, the alliance was created by the Linux Foundation to advance IoT adoption.
The first companies to support the alliance include LG Electronics, Panasonic, Haier, Qualcomm, and Sharp. Each company will contribute resources, which will ultimately lead to an open-source framework to support integration of products with the Internet. This should make it quicker and easier for companies to develop hardware and software that can connect and communicate over a common framework.
This framework will be based on Qualcomm's AllJoyn open-source project, which creates software that can communicate by WiFi, cables, or different wireless protocols. It would not need to be connected to the Internet to communicate with other devices, and it can run on the most commonly used operating systems, including Android, Linux, iOS, and Windows.
Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, said in a December press release about the new alliance:
Today's announcement represents the logical next step for broad adoption of a common software and services framework that will foster a dynamic ecosystem, helping to unlock the promise of the Internet of Everything. It was just this sort of collaborative approach we envisioned when Qualcomm Innovation Center first developed AllJoyn and made it available to the open source community. The direct peer interactions that the AllJoyn-based framework enables will greatly enrich user experiences. We envision that users will be able to add the benefits of 'the Internet of Things near me' to the cloud-based services they already enjoy.