Huawei has proposed a conceptual new solution for an emerging market, “Internet of things” – the operating system the size of a ten kilobytes. The announcement was held in Beijing during the Congress on network technologies (HNC2015). Firmware with LiteOS optimized for data collection and transmission would be a simple device and software foundation architecture, Agile Network 3.0, with which the developers plan to integrate their own solutions for the IoT and the products of other manufacturers.
According to the company, the architecture of Agile Network 3.0 allows enterprises to build a flexible infrastructure IoT and optimize business at the expense of collecting and processing information from a plurality of sensors. It helps to realize the full control of the current state in areas such as manufacturing and logistics.
Huawei Analysts predict that in ten years ‘internet of things” will be presented to the union of one hundred billion devices, and every hour in the global network will be added to two million new sensors. The problem is that no company today has universal solutions for their integration into a single information space, even at the level of the enterprise.
IoT standardization infrastructure according to Huawei will consist of three key components, specialized gateways Agile IoT, controllers with support for Agile Network and operating system LiteOS (not to be confused with the clone Ubuntu – Linux Lite OS). The LiteOS source code will be open to all developers, enabling them to quickly create their own compatible products.
Among the key features LiteOS marked as follows:
- Simplified machine to machine (M2M) via LTE and other wireless interfaces, low power consumption;
- Event processing in real time;
- Support for multiple settings profiles;
- Integrated development environment
“Huawei believes that the standardization infrastructure ‘Internet of Things’ will promote the development of applications for the IoT” – Director of Strategy and Marketing William Xu.
By the time the LiteOS will be the miniature of modern operating systems. When the amount of firmware in a dozen kilobytes it will support the automatic detection of available networks and automatically configure network connections. Thanks undemanding to iron, it can be integrated into any physical objects regardless of their purpose – from “smart” clothes with flexible electronics to industrial control systems and components class of “smart” city.
President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Yan Lida said that the question of efficient use of the “Internet of things” goes beyond the development of hardware platforms and software solutions. “The development of business oriented infrastructure IoT requires the creation of an integrated ecosystem. Huawei is seeking to establish this close business cooperation. We have been involved in the formation of Industrial Alliance, have worked on the issues of standardization, innovation opened research centers and created an open community of developers.”
Attempts to make the operating system for handheld and embedded gadgets were made long ago. For example, Google is the Android Wear. However LiteOS, this is not an attempt by Huawei to compete with more functional and heavy software solutions. It is designed for simple devices, such as a thermostat or a lamp. William Xu cited the example of an electric toothbrush that tells the application on your phone, and how long it is often used, after which the owner receives a recommendation.
“Over the past three years, Huawei has been involved in a number of initiatives in depth technological cooperation, – said the Head of Switch and Enterprise Communication Liu Shaowu. We have developed a number of solutions that are already being used to monitor buildings, remote reading of electricity meters, control vehicles and urban lighting.”
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