The AllSeen Alliance, an “Internet of Everything” open source project that aims to grow connected devices for the home and other markets, has announced that Electrolux has joined the group as a premier member.
With the addition of Electrolux, the AllSeen Alliance, part of the Linux Foundation, has grown to 63 total members since its creation in December 2013. The alliance represents one of the largest and most diverse open source efforts to advance the Internet of Everything, including top consumer electronics manufacturers, appliance makers, service providers, retailers, automotive and enterprise technology companies, innovative startups, developers and chipset manufacturers. Alliance membership also includes Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., Sharp, Silicon Image, Technicolor and TP-Link.
The AllSeen Alliance stated that it is working to advance the Internet of Everything’s promise to seamlessly connect devices in businesses and homes by collaboratively building out an open source software framework, called AllJoyn. This platform will act as a universal translator for disparate appliance, objects and devices to interact regardless of brand and other infrastructure considerations commercially deployed today, the group noted.
“Electrolux strongly believes that this technology, where appliances communicate with each other, with consumers and with other devices, offers a great potential to develop products and services that improve how we cook our food and clean our homes. For instance, we are working on solutions for smarter cooking, which will leverage our professional capabilities to help people achieve great tasting food with minimum effort,” said Jan Brockmann, chief technology officer, Electrolux. “We also recognize that making this reality requires that major players from across industries come together and make sure devices and systems can work together seamlessly regardless of brand. The AllSeen Alliance is working to overcome this challenge, and we’re proud to, as a premier member, be the first appliances-only company to choose this collaborative approach.”