Microsoft has become a member of the AllSeen Alliance, an Internet of Things (IoT) outfit established by Qualcomm in 2013.
Qualcomm welcomed Microsoft into the coalition, adding that the computing giant has taken its membership to 51 organisations and will help push it deeper into an IoT market that is increasing in value.
“Microsoft has joined the group’s multi-company effort as a Premier Member to make it easier for a broad range of everyday devices, objects and services to interoperate seamlessly and intelligently,” it said in a statement.
“The AllSeen Alliance now totals 51 members, including heavy hitters in consumer electronics manufacturing, home appliance makers, automotive companies, IoT cloud providers, enterprise technology companies, innovative startups, chipset manufacturers, service providers, retailers and software developers.”
Other members include LG, Panasonic, Sharp and Technicolour. The firms are collaborating on the open source AllJoyn operating system.
Liat Ben-Zur, chairman of the AllSeen Alliance, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Microsoft to the AllSeen Alliance. No single company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the Internet of Everything in everyday, real-life scenarios.
“Microsoft’s strong presence in the home via computers, tablets, phones, gaming platforms and their strength in the consumer, enterprise, education, industrial automotive sectors, uniquely enables them to accelerate the adoption of the AllSeen Alliance’s open-source code across a very wide swath of products and verticals.”
In the UK a similar consortium is working on specifications called HyperCat, an IoT system for connecting devices. HyperCat is a means of connecting IoT devices, and is also an open technology. HyperCat backers include BT, Intel, ARM, and IBM UK.
Kevin Dallas, general manager of Microsoft’s operating systems group said the IoT is a real consideration now. “Microsoft believes that the IoT is not a futuristic notion but is here today in the devices, sensors and cloud infrastructure all around us,” he said.
“But in order to make the IoT truly successful, there are challenges to be addressed in securely connecting and managing all these devices and interacting with cloud services and machine-generated data. We believe the AllSeen Alliance is a very important effort to collaboratively address these challenges, and we’re excited about joining the initiative.”