Intel Embraces the Internet of Things with New Plan to Link All Your Devices Together

By Ward-Bailey, Jeff | The Christian Science Monitor, December 11, 2014 | Go to article overview

Intel Embraces the Internet of Things with New Plan to Link All Your Devices Together


Ward-Bailey, Jeff, The Christian Science Monitor


For several years now, chipmaker Intel has been setting its sights beyond computers and tablets to the Internet of Things - the networks connecting "smart" versions of everyday appliances such as fridges, thermostats, and watches.

The Internet of Things (often abbreviated to IoT) will let people manage more and more aspects of their daily lives online, from controlling the lighting and heat in their homes to determining when they need to buy groceries.

Intel, whose chips power many of the devices connected to the IoT, formed a special "Internet of Things" division within the company last year, and this week it unveiled a new platform designed to seamlessly link devices and appliances together.

The Intel IoT Platform is designed to be an easy system over which devices can connect with one another and with the Internet, while working to keep that data away from hackers and snoops. Intel says hardware and software companies will be able to use the platform to create devices that connect to the Internet of Things more easily and securely than they do right now. That way, users will be able to use their devices -- including wearables such as smart watches -- to control connected appliances in their homes without having to go through a complex setup process, and without exposing device data to others. Businesses and organizations will also be able to use data gathered by smart devices to improve manufacturing and business processes. …

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