Huawei targets 'traditional' industries with SDN-based IoT platform

Huawei said it launched the world's first Internet of Things (IoT) platform based on software defined networking (SDN), to simplify the process of forging connections and related network management and maintenance.

The Chinese vendor unveiled the platform at its Huawei Network Congress in Beijing, noting that it aims to encourage "traditional" businesses to develop IoT services. Dubbed the Agile IoT Solution, the platform consists of an IoT operating system called LiteOS, Agile IoT gateways and Huawei's Agile controller.

"IoT is the future of our increasingly digitised world and networks are key to driving value creation for enterprises," Li Xianyin, general manager, of Huawei's Enterprise Gateway Product Domain said, adding: "With Huawei's IoT technologies and offerings, we hope to support the digital transformation of traditional industries and the development of the IoT ecosystem."

In a statement, Huawei said its LiteOS is three-times smaller than comparable IoT operating systems, and consumes four times less power. The open source software is designed to foster development of the IoT ecosystem by enabling companies to take whatever code they need to make IoT compatible products.

The company added that LiteOS responds 20-times faster than competing IoT OSes.

Huawei's Agile Gateway brings access to the vendor's range of IoT access routers, which it said cover 17 IoT interfaces. The company said the gateway also supports local processing and decision making by combining computing and storage resources. The gateway is ruggedised--offering water, dust and shock resistance--and defends against electromagnetic interference.

The company said its Agile Controller is an IoT platform that allows businesses to unify management of related terminals, gateways, computing resources, applications and data. Huawei said the controller is also scalable, to allow new IoT terminals to be added.

Berg Insight recently reported that the installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation applications hit 10.3 million devices in 2014. The company said Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most used technologies in factory automation, with cellular connections typically used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between sites.

The research company forecast that the installed base of industrial IoT devices will grow at a CAGR of 27.2 per cent through 2020, taking the total number to 43.5 million devices.

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