Technology Leaders Establish the AllSeen Alliance to Advance the 'Internet of Everything'

Technology Leaders Establish the AllSeen Alliance to Advance the 'Internet of 
Everything' 
Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image,
TP-LINK and More Unite to Enable Interoperability Across Multiple
Devices, Systems and Services and Support Broadest Cross-Industry
Effort to Accelerate Internet of Everything 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/10/13 --  The Linux
Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the
growth of Linux and collaborative development, today 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 Internet of Everything is based on the idea that devices, objects
and systems can be connected in simple, transparent ways to enable
seamless sharing of information and coordinated and intelligent
operations across all of them. As no single company can accomplish
the level of interoperability required to support the Internet of
Everything and address everyday, real-life scenarios, a united,
pan-industry effort is needed to deliver new experiences to consumers
and businesses.  
The AllSeen Alliance looks to expand upon the "Internet of Things,"
which Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy
by 2020, to include more functionality and interactions across
various brands and sectors, such as the connected home, healthcare,
education, automotive and enterprise.  
Founding members of the AllSeen Alliance include some of the world's
leading, consumer electronics manufacturers, home appliances
manufacturers, service providers, retailers, enterprise technology
companies, innovative startups, and chipset manufacturers. Premier
level members include Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm,
Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK. Community members include Canary,
Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Letv, LIFX, Lite-on,
Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The
Sprosty Network, Weaved and Wilocity. 
"Open source software and collaborative development have been proven
to accelerate technology innovation in markets where major
transformation is underway," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at
The Linux Foundation. "Nowhere is this more evident today than in the
consumer, industrial and embedded industries where connected devices,
systems and services are generating a new level of intelligence in
the way we and our systems interact. The AllSeen Alliance represents
an unprecedented opportunity to advance the Internet of Everything
for both home and industry. We are very happy to host and help guide
this work." 
The members of the AllSeen Alliance 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
seamlessly discover, dynamically connect and interact with nearby
products regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating
system.  
The initial framework is based on the AllJoyn(TM) open source
project, which was originally developed by and is being contributed
to the Alliance by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (a subsidiary of
Qualcomm Incorporated), 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 such as Linux and Linux-based Android, iOS, and
Windows, including embedded variants. The initial codebase is
available on the website for developers to access and begin
evaluating at http://www.allseenalliance.org 
As an example of the greater intelligence and interoperability made
possible with the framework as the common language among the devices
and services, a family that installs a smart lock built with the
framework for their front door will seamlessly be able to connect it
to smart lights that also use the framework and security cameras from
other manufacturers. Unauthorized entries can trigger the lights to
flash and the camera to take a photo of the intruder and send a
notification and picture to the smart TV. At the other end of the
spectrum, factory floors -- evolving environments with systems that
need to adjust dynamically -- can benefit from the framework's
ability to enable a self-aware network that can constantly learn what
new equipment has been added and what capabilities or interfaces that
equipment has so that it can immediately begin playing its part on
the manufacturing process.  
The AllSeen Alliance becomes the 11th Linux Foundation Collaborative
Project. These are independently funded software projects that
harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation
across industries and ecosystems. By spreading the collaborative DNA
of the largest collaborative software development project in history,
The Linux Foundation provides the essential collaborative and
organizational framework so project hosts can focus on innovation and
results. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects span the enterprise,
mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of
the largest names in technology. 
Supporting Comments from Premier Members  
Haier
 "The AllSeen
Alliance is poised to unleash limitless possibilities for
interactions across devices, objects and systems and larger market
opportunities for developers and manufacturers," said Guodong XUE,
Director of Standard and Patent department, Haier. "We are planning
to implement the AllJoyn-based framework across our line of
appliances and look to advance technologies that transform consumer
experiences." 
LG Electronics
 "The AllSeen Alliance will foster a vibrant ecosystem
of developers and hardware makers who will together bring consumers
practical and useful solutions using the communication between
different devices in the home, spanning from audio and video devices,
appliances, mobile phones, tablets, and others," said Richard Choi,
Head of the Smart Business Center at LG Electronics. "This can range
from simply being able to connect your home speaker to your mobile
device or can be as sophisticated as controlling your entire home
through your smart TV. We look forward to providing further value to
consumers by leveraging our participation in the Alliance to develop
innovative connectivity services for users." 
Panasonic
 "Open source
software and collaboration are well-known for fostering innovation.
We are eager to apply these principles to moving the market forward
for the Internet of Everything," said Mamoru Yoshida, Managing
Director, Panasonic. "The AllSeen Alliance's collaboration will
address the immediate needs of the market while creating the
necessary foundation for new opportunities that will advance the
market." 
Qualcomm
 "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," said Rob Chandho
k, president, Qualcomm Connected
Experiences. "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." 
Sharp
 "The AllSeen Alliance is an industry collaboration
that will deliver a common platform for interoperability among
appliance, devices and more. The result will be new, innovative
experiences for consumers in their homes," said Fujikazu Nakayama,
Senior Executive Managing Officer, Sharp Corporation. "Open and
collaborative software development will unlock this promise and help
us together achieve expansion of the market." 
Silicon Image
 "As the number of screens in the home and office
grows, so must the ability for devices and services to discover,
connect and interact," said David Pederson, Vice President, Standards
and Corporate Marketing, Silicon Image. "The goal of the technical
collaboration of the AllSeen Alliance is to support seamless
connectivity and, as a result, the market for consumer devices, apps
and services should grow for all." 
TP-LINK
 "The AllSeen Alliance
shows great promise for making the promise of the Internet of
Everything a reality. With companies and organizations from across
industries participating in this collaboration, interoperability
among devices and things is closer than ever," said Wei Chen, Product
Manager of Mobile Internet, TP-LINK. "We manufacturer a wide variety
of computer networking products, such as WiFI routers, and the
connected smart home is a strategic focus for us. The AllSeen
Alliance and the AllJoyn open source project are key elements of this
strategy." 
For more information and to see the complete membership roster,
please visit: http://www.allseenalliance.org 
About The AllSeen Alliance
 The AllSeen Alliance is a nonprofit
consortium dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products,
systems and services that support the Internet of Everything with an
open, universal development framework that is supported by a vibrant
ecosystem and thriving technical community. The Alliance hosts and
advances an industry-supported open software connectivity and
services framework based on AllJoyn technology with contributions
from premier level members Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic,
Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK; and community members
Canary, Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Letv, LIFX,
Lite-on, Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation,
Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Weaved and Wilocity, as well as the
open source community. This secure and programmable software
connectivity and services framework enables companies and individuals
to create interoperable products that can discover, connect and
interact directly with other nearby devices, systems and services
regardless of transport layer, device type, platform, operating
system or brand. For more information, please visit:
http://www.allseenalliance.org 
About The Linux Foundation 
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering
the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded
in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus
Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating
system and collaborative software development by marshaling the
resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux
Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education
by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including
LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances
the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development.
More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org. 
Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo,
OpenDaylight, Tizen and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux
Foundation. OpenBEL is a trademark of OpenBEL Consortium. Linux is a
trademark of Linus Torvalds. AllJoyn is a trademark of Qualcomm
Innovation Center, Inc. ("QuIC"). 
Media Contact
Jennifer Cloer
The Linux Foundation
503-867-2304
Jennifer@linuxfoundation.org 
 
 
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