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Huawei launches new OS for Internet of Things market


05/21/2015


Huawei plans to make connections and not devices in the Internet of Things market with its newly-launched Lite OS which uses only 10 KB data.



Huawei launches new OS for Internet of Things market
Chinese technology company Huawei Technologies has launched the prototype of a new, lighter operating system, which is considered to become a big player in the Internet of Things market.
 
The company which is also the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker announced that the new LiteOS is designed to run on products that have traditionally not connected to the Internet, but will. The USP of LiteOS is that it comes in just 10KB and requires no configuration on the user's part, the company noted at Huawei Network Congress 2015, held in Beijing. The LiteOS platform can also work on everything from wearables to connected vehicles making it very versatile and adaptable. The company also noted that its Internet of Things offerings will cater to companies around the world.
 
The company also said that the OS would be "opened to all developers" to allow them to quickly create their own smart products — although it's unclear whether this means that LiteOS will be fully open-source. Huawei says LiteOS also supports "zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking." William Xu, Huawei’s head of strategy and marketing called this new OS as a way to make the company an invaluable part of the Internet of Things market. The company, he said, wanted to provide connections and not devices.
 
Huawei also announced plans to build out its "Agile Network Architecture" to provide all of the infrastructure companies would need to build out connectivity in their devices. At the core of that effort are two services it's calling Agile IoT Gateway and Agile Controller. Those services, the company says, will reduce the workload that will be placed on wireless data networks that would need to accommodate the explosion in Internet-connected devices. Indeed, Huawei predicts that by 2025, 100 billion connections will be generated around the world.
 
Huawei's Internet of Things service is available now to vendors. The company didn't announce any partners by name, but it did say that it "has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations" over the last few years. Huawei expects those connections to continue and expand over time.
 
With the Internet of Things becoming a thing of the recent future in the technology industry, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon making products smarter by giving a connection to the Internet. Some of the recent technology-related releases were of wearable technology including Apple Watch and Google's Nest smart thermostat. Samsung announced plans to produce processors that would power newly smart devices. In January, Intel said that it would produce processors to cater to the Internet of Things segment. Meanwhile, IBM is investing $3 billion over four years to build out its own Internet of Things division. Technology analysts have pointed that networked devices will soar up in demand and will see revenue exceed $3 trillion by 2020.
 






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