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IBM and Pivotal back Allseen Alliance IoT group

Steve Rogerson
July 22, 2015
 
IBM and Pivotal have put their weight behind the Allseen Alliance cross-industry collaboration to advance the IoT through an open source software project. The two industry giants are among 13new members that have joined the initiative.
 
The predicted levels of connectivity will create unprecedented bandwidth demands on IT infrastructure, heightening the need for data security and privacy assurances. Creating a world of smart, connected things also requires infrastructure that can address IoT-sized challenges: how we provision people and things, the ability to analyse and handle data, scalable platforms, and testing environments for growth.
 
The Allseen Alliance’s newest members include experts in IT infrastructure, cloud computing, security and IoT platforms. These additions affirm the industry’s ever-evolving IT demands and indicate a shared belief that only the rate of collaborative development can match the pace of industry change.
 
IBM provides a wide range of technology and consulting services; a portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and some of the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. Pivotal is a trusted partner for IT innovation and digital transformation, enabling enterprises to provide modern software-driven experiences for their customers and workforces.
 
Among the other new members is CertiVox, one of the leading internet cyber-security companies headquartered in the UK, with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Dublin. It delivers a certificate-less next generation key distribution service from its distributed key management platform, which fixes the fundamental design flaws that affect public key infrastructures. It's secure and scalable for the IoT.
 
Kona S is a player in the smart card industry. In 1998, the company was established as KEB Technology, constructing transportation card systems and electronic money systems. It has been providing embedded services based on steady technological development and experience.
 
Appception is a software development and services company with products and consulting services for the IoT and mobile device markets.
 
Granite River Labs specialises in enabling new and emerging technologies, working closely with early adopters, standards committees and leading test equipment manufacturers to develop test methodologies and provide early test results.
 
Hackster is a community of hardware makers and developers that inspire and teach each other how to create hardware devices.
 
Novatel Wireless delivers intelligent wireless products that simplify the IoT. The company has invented and reinvented ways in which the world stays connected and accesses information.
 
Omni M2M provides an IoT platform for developers and OEMs that enables manageability, automation and analytics with just a few lines of code.
 
Based in Palo Alto, Visible Energy helps companies create IoT products. It provides hardware and software engineering services including a secure and scalable cloud platform, the tools for prototyping Wifi IoT applications, APIs, libraries and cloud management and monitoring applications.
 
Fabita, founded in 2010, is an Italian manufacturing company of cooker hoods and electric hobs – induction and ceramic – and customised household appliances. Fabita operates mainly on a B2B basis and sells all over the world.
 
Skyworth is a large-scale high-tech corporation mainly engaged in the development and manufacturing of consumption electronics, display devices, digital set top boxes, security monitors, network communications, semiconductors, fridges and washing machines, 3C digital, and LED lighting. Founded in 1988, it has grown to be one of the top ten colour TV brands in the world.
 
Topeast provides packaged technology for electrical household appliances, motors and electronic manufacturing enterprises. The company develops Wifi network transmission modules, environment detection modules, home furnishing intelligent control terminals, and cloud platforms.
 
“This month we see the Allseen Alliance further broaden its areas of expertise,” said Philip DesAutels, senior director at the Allseen Alliance. “Our newest members include companies that make the things in IoT and companies that create the infrastructure and software to support the connectivity of those things. The rate of new member growth demonstrates that the alliance is getting mature and that the AllJoyn ecosystem is real and robust.”
 
With increasing interest in AllJoyn and demand for innovative IoT technologies on the rise, the second annual Allseen Alliance Summit aims to unite top operators, product companies, security and cloud experts, retailers, information technology and service providers who are collaborating to create an open ecosystem for IoT. The summit will take place in Seattle in October.