Panasonic to make some IoT technologies royalty-free

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Panasonic To Open-Source Some IoT Patents.

The company’s North American arm will provide royalty-free access to some IoT software and patents from its products, hoping to foster development of new IoT software and services. NEW YORK – Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the “Internet of Things” — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday.

While machine-to-machine connections are nothing new, IoT is intended to allow more things to talk to each other and more applications to run over the networks that link those things. The Japanese electronics company said it will share its software and product experience in cloud computing technologies, such as connecting home monitoring and solar energy systems to the Internet. “Open sourcing a proprietary technology invites the open source community to evaluate, work on and ultimately improve the software,” Panasonic North America Chief Technology Officer Todd Rytting said in a press release. “We hope our (Internet of Things) initiative will inspire other global companies to contribute intellectual property and ideas to making networks work together through this alliance.” The announcement follows other companies that have opened their patents to royalty-free use of developing technologies, such as Toyota Motor Corp.’s fuel cell vehicles and Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric vehicles. Panasonic, best known for consumer electronics, has been selling IoT hardware and software for years in both consumer and industrial settings, especially in North America, said Todd Rytting, CTO of Panasonic Corp. of North America. Opening up some of its technology will help developers find new ways to make it work with other IoT components in widely supported implementations, he said. In a market full of incompatible, proprietary offerings, this initiative brings a powerful tool to developers and equipment makers to help them create what the market wants in the IoT: interoperable and flexible services and applications leveraging data from connected devices and most importantly value to the customer.” Panasonic also said it’s increasing its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen Alliance, a nonprofit open-source consortium dedicated to advancing IoT.

Panasonic formed OpenDOF, which stands for Open Distributed Object Framework, to drive development of network services for devices with limited resources such as power and memory. It will also contribute its device-to-Cloud software open-source code to the OpenDOF Project, a non-profit organization Panasonic founded earlier this month.

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