One of the largest Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers, Philips, announced this week that it would support the AllJoyn standards initiative.
AllJoyn, an open source software connectivity and services framework for IoT devices, is being coordinated by the AllSeen Alliance, a 170-member organisation focused on developing cross-sector IoT standards.
Its members include Electrolux, Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qeo, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Sharp, and Sony.
Philips is one of the world’s largest IoT vendors, offering a range of services around healthcare linking medical devices and sensors to a cloud-based platform that can be used to analyse and generate medical advice from the data they generate.
“Healthcare will change substantially in the coming years, with a growing role for health self-management. Addressing the needs of personal health requires a new perspective and innovative technologies like the AllJoyn software framework,” said Liat Ben-Zur, senior vice president and head of digital technology at Philips.
“Philips also values the potential of collaborative partnerships to advance markets and improve consumer experiences forever. We look forward to working with the other members of the AllSeen Alliance to advance connectivity and digitalization in the personal health area based on AllJoyn as part of a truly connected world,” Ben-Zur said.
The company is a big player in the healthcare space and the move may give a massive boost to AllSeen, which is rivaled by the Intel-backed Open Interconnect Consoritum – a cross-industry consortium pushing IoTivity, its answer to AllJoyn.
Philip DesAutels, senior director IoT for the AllSeen Alliance said: “With a global leader with expertise connecting technology between home and healthcare, we’re in a position to advance AllJoyn as the software leveraged by all healthcare solutions.”