Huawei going big on IoT with new Agile architecture

21 May 2015

Chinese tech giant Huawei is delving further into the internet of things (IoT) world with the launch of its new Agile Network 3.0 Architecture, which includes a lightweight OS that catches the eye.

The focus on IoT is highlighted by a specific Agile solution, which the company highlighted as a free and open standard, so it’s even easier to make devices connect — and communicate — with the internet.

Of course everybody is predicting an explosion in the IoT realm but, truthfully, none of us truly knows what is going to happen in the near future.

What we do know is pretty much every tech giant is on board, seeking out ways to improve the two key elements that are the lifeblood of IoT – battery life and sensors.

Huawei predicts that by 2025, a total of 100 billion connections will be generated globally and two million new sensors will be deployed every hour.

“However, our networks today cannot provide the connectivity to support this,” says the company, with the ‘solution’ consisting of three components: Agile IoT gateway, Agile Controller and LiteOS, a lightweight IoT operating system.

It’s the latter that may prove most important in an immediate sense. The OS is just 10kb, requiring no configuration and supporting auto-discovery and auto-networking.

“In addition, Huawei announced that LiteOS will be opened to all developers, enabling them to quickly develop their own IoT products.”

Aside from its operating system, Huawei also showed off fully customisable wireless equipment that could be installed in business settings.

IoT image, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic