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Chinese handset and network equipment maker Huawei has launched Agile Network 3.0 architecture, that will enable enterprises build IoT infrastructure in areas including production, manufacturing and logistics.

The Agile IoT solution will consist of three components, the Agile IoT gateway, the Agile Controller and LiteOS. According to Huawei LiteOS is extremely small at just 10KB in size, and supports auto-networking, auto-discovery of other devices and works with zero configuration. The company mentions the OS will be open to all developers, so they can develop their own IoT products.

Huawei did not specify what the Agile Controller or the Agile IoT gateway do, but if we were to guess the controller would probably offer a central hub for LiteOS to connect to, through the Agile IoT gateway. Its not clear if LiteOS is open source or simply ‘open for all developers to use for IoT products’. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see if the OS will be compatible with current low level languages like C or would require the learning of a new language.

According to Huawei, the OS will be usable in a wide variety of areas including smart homes, connected vehicles, wearables and other industries. The company adds that industries involved in IoT will have to work together for standardizations in IoT and establish research centres, open labs and development communities for the industry to grow.

Earlier this year Samsung had echoed similar sentiments when the company’s President and CEO BK Yoon called for greater openness and collaboration across industries for IoT to really take off. He emphasised the need for an open platform, for various devices to connect to each other and be compatible with all other devices. This, according to him would be critical for IoT to be relevant to people. The company had said then, that by 2017, 90 percent of all its products would be IoT enabled.

Open platforms and IoT: Openness is necessary for IoT penetration. For example, to transfer the music one is listening to on their phone headphones automatically to home speakers on entering home and car speakers when in the car, it’s necessary for the phone, the home music system and the car audio to work together. It is unreasonable to expect consumers to buy everything they need from the same brand, or even for the same brand to produce the variety of devices consumers will expect to work together. Open software doesn’t have to be necessarily open source, but has to based on open standards.

Privacy issues of IoT: As the number of IoT devices grow, privacy will increasingly become an issue, as these devices collect, store and/or transmit data from consumers, which could be hacked or used with malicious intent. As Medianama had pointed out earlier, we give our data away online every day – to apps, search engines, social networks, email newsletters and media companies, e-commerce firms, and even if some of them don’t follow guidelines, or keep changing their privacy policies, and this problem will only get worse as IoT devices gain ubiquity.

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