Intel reveals its platform for the internet of things – it’s all about trust

10 Dec 2014

Chip giant Intel has unveiled an entire new platform dedicated to the internet of things (IoT) and designed to move the IoT securely from its infancy to mass deployment.

Intel also introduced new hardware and software based on what it calls the Intel IoT Platform.

Intel’s IoT Platform unifies gateway, connectivity and security components to simplify the deployment of IoT technologies.

The company has also forged partnerships with a slew of other tech companies, including Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini, Dell, HCL, NTT, SAP, Tata Consultancy and Wipro.

By forging the platform, data will be unlocked faster to extract meaningful information and value for consumers and businesses, Intel said.

In effect, Intel is laying the foundation for how devices will connect and deliver trusted data to the cloud.

“With this platform we are continuing to expand our IoT product family beyond silicon with enhancements to our pre-integrated solutions that make IoT more accessible to solution providers,” said Doug Davis, vice-president and general manager, Internet of Things Group, Intel.

“IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles. By simplifying the development process and making it easier to deploy new solutions that address market needs, we can help accelerate innovation.”

Intel is also rolling out a roadmap of hardware and software products spanning devices out to the cloud.

These include API management and service creation software, edge-to-cloud connectivity and analytics, intelligent gateways, and a full line of scalable IA processors.

Building blocks

The first of the new products from Intel includes the Wind River Edge Management System, which provides cloud connectivity to facilitate device configuration, file transfers, data capture and rules-based data analysis and response.

McAfee, a part of Intel Security, announced enhanced security for Intel IoT Gateways in support of the Intel IoT Platform.

Intel Security also announced its Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology will be promoted to other silicon vendors. EPID has anonymity properties, in addition to hardware-enforced integrity, and is included in ISO and TCG standards.

The Intel API and Traffic Management solution utilises Intel Mashery solutions to enable creation of building blocks that make it easy to build new software applications.

Mike Sutcliff, group chief executive, Accenture Digital, said Accenture is focused on helping clients realise the business value of the IoT as quickly and easily as possible.

“Our combined capabilities can help us achieve that, and can also help clients get around some of the biggest roadblocks to IoT adoption by offering a simpler, faster way to roll out end-to-end IoT solutions than currently exists,” said Sutcliff.

“Together, we can enable clients to define a clear value strategy for the IoT, and by using Accenture’s industry experience and digital assets to complement Intel’s IoT platform, we can create robust, end-to-end frameworks designed to overcome challenges associated with security, scalability and interoperability in IoT implementations,” Sutcliff added.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years