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Vodafone joins Prpl to boost smart homes and gateways

Steve Rogerson
August 17, 2017



Vodafone had joined the Prpl Foundation to accelerate the harmonisation of software platforms for in-home devices such as routers to foster innovation in digital home and smart gateway technology.
 
The Prpl Foundation is an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the smart society of the future.
 
Vodafone Group’s head of fixed devices, connectivity and security, Enrique Marti del Olmo, will join the Prpl board of directors, carrier interest group and the PrplWrt working group to help make routers more open, interoperable and secure.
 
“Vodafone endorses the important open-source and specification work of the Prpl Foundation,” said del Olmo. “Increasingly, we see open-source software and open standards as critical to the successful deployment of fixed broadband devices like routers and the next generation of in-home services. By working together with Prpl’s industrial and community members to integrate carrier-grade features into open-source platforms and establish open APIs, we believe we can improve quality, increase security and streamline development of fixed broadband products for the digital home market.”
 
Prpl is a community driven, non-profit organisation with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society. The foundation represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers.
 
“With the formation of our carrier interest group last year, we set out to strengthen the ties between telecommunications carriers, major chipset vendors and key open-source developers such as those in the OpenWrt community,” said Art Swift, president of the Prpl Foundation. “Vodafone’s engineers have been closely following the work of our carrier interest group and PrplWrt working group for many months, and now with Vodafone’s active participation and planned open-source contributions, we expect the pace of innovation to accelerate.”