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Panasonic to share royalty-free software for Internet Of Things development

03/24/2015 - 08:00

Panasonic to share royalty-free software for Internet Of Things development
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Inc is pushing the envelope to make Internet Of Things  (IoT) become a more visible reality. The company is in plans to provide its own software and patents to help the development of the next big thing in technology.

The North American subsidiary of Panasonic will allow royalty-free access to some IoT software and patents from its products to the OpenDOF Project. The technology will allow machines to interact with other machines, share data and allow applications to run over the network that link them. With this move, the company is looking adopting the model of the open-source software movement.

According to Panasonic Corp. of North America CTO Todd Rytting, the company has been selling IoT hardware and software for years in both consumer and industrial settings, especially in North America. The move will also enable the company's business growth and deepen partnerships with third-party suppliers and others, he said.

 Allowing the technology to be used by developers will facilitate better networking between different technologies. It will also allow the developers to find innovative ways to make the technology work with other IoT components.

The OpenDOF Project is a non-profit group created by Panasonic to drive development of network services for devices with limited resources such as power and memory. The OpenDOF (Open Distributed Object Framework) Project is open to anyone and is looking out for new innovations which will act as a bridge between different networks and protocols.

Besides the partnership with OpenDOF, Panasonic is also planning to collaborate with AllSeen Alliance, one of the major groups working on gateways, which link IoT networks with the Internet. The cross-industry, nonprofit open-source consortium is looking to create dedicated set-top boxes or built-in applications in appliances to allow IoT devices get connected to other services.