What is a canvas without paint? A paint-filled palette without a brush? Or a pigment-soaked brush without a hand to guide it? Just as it requires collaboration between objects to create a work of art, we are finding that by working together toward a more connected world, the promise of the Internet of Things is beginning to take shape before us.
This week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Intel vice presidents, Doug Davis, Doug Fisher, Diane Bryant, Josh Walden and Chris Young teamed up to share a phenomenal collection of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases and real-world solutions, new products and technologies, and ecosystem relationships with media, analysts and customers at Intel IoT Insights 2015. At this event, Intel showcased IoT thought leadership, new technology to enable end-to-end IoT offerings, proven momentum with end user results, growth in Intel’s IoT ecosystem engagements and featured alignment across Intel with one IoT voice: The Intel IoT Platform.
Customers, including Levi Strauss & Co., Honeywell, and Yanzi Networks, demonstrated smart things in everything from retail and industrial to smart homes and smart buildings, all built in alignment with the Intel IoT Platform. The first company to announce IoT solutions based on the new Intel IoT Platform is SAP, which will develop end-to-end IoT enterprise solutions utilizing the Intel IoT Platform reference architecture and product portfolio with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
Here are some key takeaways from the event. You can watch the recorded webcast of Intel IoT Insights 2015 here.
Growing the Intel IoT Platform
Doug Davis, senior VP and GM, Intel Internet of Things Group, announced new updates to the Intel IoT Platform. The platform includes two reference architectures—one for connecting legacy devices, and one for new smart and connected devices—and a portfolio of products from the Intel and our IoT ecosystem. The products include new Intel Quark processors for IoT, free and simple operating systems and a comprehensive IoT cloud SaaS suite from Wind River, and a new offering of IoT analytics capabilities, all designed to build and secure smart and connected solutions from things to network to cloud.
“Today, Intel further solidifies its position in the IoT and continues to deliver a comprehensive set of building blocks with a strong ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity,” said Davis. “Intel is making it easier for our customers to scale from things to cloud with new Intel Quark processors for IoT and Wind River’s free cloud-connected OS.”
Davis also debuted a new Intel IoT tiny, smart home, built as a living lab. The home is an experimental showcase that will evolve over the next 12 to 18 months as the Intel IoT ecosystem explores the opportunities, experiences and tensions of moving from a house of connected devices to a truly smart home capable of anticipating and responding to individual preferences.
By utilizing open standards, including the Open Interconnect Consortium, the Intel IoT Platform enables interoperability between three distinct lighting solutions: Philips Hue, Cree and Osram. Despite each light’s propriety connectivity protocols, the app can recognize each one and allows them to work together, thanks to the established interoperability.
Facial recognition technology, including True Key by Intel Security, provides convenient, hands-free security allowing access to trusted friends and neighbors based on preset rules. It can also provide parents and pet owners with suspicious activity alerts when they are not at home. The home can also be set to go into away mode, turning off lights and locking the door, when no occupant presence is detected. The tiny house’s home automation system is also capable of being set to detect when glass breaks or a smoke alarm is triggered, and could even be programmed to alert to the sound of a crying baby.
Coding the Intel IoT Platform
Doug Fisher, senior VP and GM, Intel Software and Services Group, explained how Intel software use code to create crucial links across the Intel IoT Platform. “[I’m] proud to join my fellow @Intel leaders in sharing the world-changing possibilities of the #IoT,” Fisher tweeted out shortly after the start of the event.
Included in Intel IoT Platform software announcements, was Wind River Rocket and updates to Wind River Helix. Wind River Rocket is a tiny, cloud-connected, real-time operating system directly connected to Wind River Helix App Cloud, a cloud-based development environment for building IoT applications. The Wind River Helix portfolio of software solutions, including Helix Cloud Software-as-a-Service suite, VxWorks, Intelligent Device Platform and Titanium Server, work together to create more secure and reliable intelligent systems for IoT.
Revealing Value in the Intel IoT Platform
Diane Bryant, senior VP and GM, Intel Data Center Group, explained how the Intel IoT Platform is driving big data to the data center, creating actionable insights. Making IoT data actionable and valuable requires a place to store, analyze and build solutions from it, which is why Intel initiated the open source Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP). TAP simplifies and accelerates the creation of secure, high-performance big data analytics applications in cloud environments that can be integrated in an end-to-end IoT solution. Designed for developers and data scientists, TAP is the ideal platform for a range of industries such as healthcare, retail, and industrial. It integrates with the Intel IoT Platform reference architecture for data management, protocol abstraction, and workload distribution.
In an industrial Intel IoT Platform example that could very well save lives, Honeywell and Intel are collaborating on Connected Worker, an IoT proof of concept using wearable devices for first responders and industrial workers, based on the Intel Quark SE microcontroller for IoT. Honeywell’s Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus sends data via Bluetooth to a mobile hub that connects sensor data into TAP. This allows for sensor-based wearable health monitoring, location tracking, and activity detection to improve first responder safety.
In a retail Intel IoT Platform example, Levi Strauss & Co. can use TAP to securely gain visibility of in-store inventory via the Intel Retail Sensor Platform, and perform analytics on the data; analyzing what’s on the shelf or what might be running low. This helps guarantee that when consumers come in looking for an exact size and color of jeans, they’re on the shelf.
Connecting Wearables with the Intel IoT Platform
Josh Walden, senior VP and GM, Intel New Technology Group, discussed how his group is working to develop hands-free wearable devices that seamlessly connect in alignment with the Intel IoT Platform. One example is Child Angel’s advanced location device powered by the Intel Quark SE microcontroller and using the Intel XMM 6255 modem to extend intelligence to a child’s wrist, allowing them more freedom and an extra layer of safety. The provides location detection and sends biometric data in real time straight to a smartphone app, giving parents and guardians greater piece of mind.
Adding Layers of Safety and Security to the Intel IoT Platform
Chris Young, Intel senior VP and GM, Intel Security Group, explained how his group adds multifaceted layers of security to the Intel IoT Platform. One example is Intel’s Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) technology, which provides an “on-ramp” designed to help devices securely connect in alignment with the Intel IoT Platform. Intel’s EPID hardware-enforced integrity provides fixed device identity in a manner that is compatible with existing ISO and TCG standards, and helps protect privacy with sophisticated anonymity technology. Extending use of Intel EPID across the industry will help make IoT solutions more secure regardless of vendor choice. To learn more about EPID, watch this video highlight, or read more information about EPID here.
This is a pivotal moment for the Internet of Things and Intel is addressing the challenges that come with connecting the world around us by offering a comprehensive Intel IoT Platform and Product Portfolio of end-to-end hardware and software offerings with built-in security. We look forward to continuing the journey toward a more connected world, together.
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