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Affinegy and others help make 'Internet of things' a reality

By Cadie Carroll     Feb 21, 2014 in Technology
Imagine a world where you get home from a long day of work, open the door, and the soothing music begins — magically — as the gas fireplace turns itself on.
This may seem far-fetched, unless you are familiar with Affinegy, an Austin, TX-based global provider of connected device management and service enablement software. Affinegy is on its way to becoming what some believe is the technological glue for the Internet of Things (IoT).
In fact, earlier this week, the company was officially announced as a member of the AllSeen Alliance. Created by The Linux Foundation, the AllSeen Alliance has set out to create an open software framework that would allow systems and services within the smart home or business to connect and interact with one another, no matter their brand or operating system. Companies like Sharp, LG, Panasonic, and AT&T Digital Life are members of the Alliance as well.
This puts Affinegy in some pretty heady company. Affinegy deserves to be there, according to one analyst.
“Affinegy’s IoT platform reflects its extensive experience in device management, which is the key ingredient for service enablement,” said Tom Kerber, director of research at Parks Associates. “Affinegy will be a company to watch in 2014.”
Analysts like Kerber have noted the challenge of creating the Internet of Things is interoperability, or getting devices to communicate seamlessly with one another.
The AllSeen Alliance has reinforced that with its own statement:
“Better interoperability is a requirement to enable autonomous sharing of information and coordinated, intelligent operations across multiple devices and systems – a state of connectedness that Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020,” according to the consortium.
This is where Affinegy comes in, with more than a decade of experience in providing connected device management software.
“We are a high-scale, secure management platform in an evolving technological niche where scalability and security are in short supply,” said Melissa Simpler, CEO of Affinegy.
Affinegy responded to that need for better interoperability by introducing last week what it calls “an embedded application,” which “is built to accelerate, optimize, and differentiate cloud services for the connected consumer,” according to Simpler. “This application, called the CHARIOT Client, securely connects cloud services to IOT devices,” she added.
Affinegy is not alone is its effort to make the Internet of Things a reality. It was joined in the new member announcement put out by the AllSeen Alliance earlier this week by nine other companies, including AT&T Digital Life, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group.
“The addition of these 10 innovative companies demonstrates the consortium’s momentum and the great interest we’ve seen in this work across the industry,” Liat Ben-Zur, chairman of the AllSeen Alliance, said. “No single company can accomplish the level of interoperability needed to support the Internet of Everything and enable real-life scenarios in homes and businesses. It takes many companies coming together.”
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