Tech companies have been signing on to the Internet of Things with alacrity this year. Intel has boosted its efforts with a new reference model designed to unify gateway, connectivity and security components. The company is, somewhat prosaically, calling its new initiative the Intel IoT Platform.
Intel also is introducing new integrated hardware and software products that are based on the platform, as well as announcing new relationships with system integrators such as Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini and SAP. The company hopes its move will help IoT grow into a mainstream platform.
Horizontal Approach to IoT
According to the company, the new platform will help speed Intel innovations to market and simplify the IoT development process.
"With this platform we are continuing to expand our IoT product family beyond silicon with enhancements to our pre-integrated solutions that make IoT more accessible to solution providers," said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group, in a statement announcing the new offerings.
"IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles. By simplifying the development process and making it easier to deploy new solutions that address market needs, we can help accelerate innovation."
IoT's supporters are hoping it will prove to be as revolutionary as the birth of the actual Internet. That hope has given rise to a flurry of activity this year, particularly with regard to new alliances between companies looking to drive mass adoption of IoT technologies.
Wind River Edge Management
Among the new products Intel announced is the Wind River Edge Management System, which is designed to provide cloud connectivity to facilitate device configuration, file transfers, data capture and rules-based data analysis and response. According to Intel, the Wind River technology stack will enable customers to build IoT solutions quickly and integrate disparate enterprise IT systems.
Intel's IoT Gateway will integrate Wind River via an available agent so that gateways can be rapidly deployed, provisioned and managed throughout a system's life cycle. The cloud-based middleware will run from an embedded device through the cloud to reduce time to market and total ownership costs.
The gateway will include performance improvements, support for lower-cost memory options and a broader selection of communication options, Intel said. Seven original device manufacturers are offering Intel gateways, with 13 more due to be released next year.
In order to help clients extract value from data generated by deployments of the IoT platform, the company said it is also expanding cloud analytics support for IoT Developer Kits to include its IoT Gateway series. The cloud analytics will enable application developers to detect trends and anomalies in big data sets.
Intel Security, meanwhile, announced that its Enhanced Privacy Identity technology will be promoted to other silicon vendors. EPID has anonymity properties, in addition to hardware-enforced integrity, and is included in ISO and TCG standards. The EPID technology provides an on-ramp for other devices to securely connect to the Intel IoT Platform.