With the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ gaining traction quickly comes the need for all home devices (yes, we mean devices of all shapes and sizes) to talk to one another, or rather follow standards that allow them to communicate. To tackle this problem, Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK, Cisco and more have come together to enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services.
The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, “the broadest cross-industry consortium to date to advance adoption and innovation in the Internet of Everything in homes and industry”.
The members will contribute software and engineering resources as part of their collaboration on an open software framework that enables hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services. This open source framework allows ad hoc systems to discover, connect and interact with nearby products regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating system.
Qualcomm, the star member, is contributing its AllJoyn technology to the AllSeen Alliance.
The AllJoyn open source project was originally developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, and will be expanded with contributions from member companies and the open source community. Products, applications and services created with the AllJoyn open source project can communicate over various transport layers, such as Wi-Fi, power line or Ethernet, regardless of manufacturer or operating system and without the need for Internet access.
The software runs on popular platforms including Linux and the Linux-based Android, iOS, and Windows, including embedded variants. The initial codebase is now available on the website for developers to access and begin evaluating.
Some of the first AllSeen products will be shown off at CES next year, including new televisions from LG.