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IBM and ARM deepen collaboration around internet of things

IBM and ARM to offer device and risk management, as well as analytics capabilities, for the internet of things

Internet of things (IoT) collaborators IBM and ARM are to deepen their partnership by integrating IBM’s IoT Foundation cloud platform with ARM’s mbed-enabled devices to deliver analytics services.

The two chipset suppliers claim the fusion will enable far more data produced by autonomous IoT devices – such as industrial and domestic appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitors – to be gathered, analysed and acted on.

Following the integration, products powered by ARM’s mbed chips will automatically register with the IoT Foundation – a platform on which a family of managed, cloud-hosted offerings on the SoftLayer infrastructure is built – and connect with IBM’s cloud analytics services.

IoT Foundation already includes analytics tools designed to cope with the big data explosion, access to IBM’s Bluemix platform as a service, and security systems.

ARM said that connecting the two would enable delivery of actionable events to control equipment, or alerts and information to users, such as alarm messages on domestic appliances.

The integration will also help customers improve engagement, innovate quicker and enhance their operations by being better able to analyse the data being generated by connected objects, realising many of the benefits of the IoT that have been extensively touted, such as predictive maintenance and asset protection.

“Deploying IoT technology has to be easy, secure and scalable for it to feel like a natural extension of a company’s business,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager of ARM’s IoT business.

“By collaborating with IBM, we will deliver the first unified chip-to-cloud, enterprise-class IoT platform. This will empower companies of any size with a productivity tool that can readily transform how they operate, and the services they can offer.”

“The IoT is now at an inflection point and it needs the big data expertise of IBM and little data expertise of ARM to ensure it reaches its global potential,” added IBM IoT general manager Pat Toole.

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IBM has also announced the addition of its first industry-specific IoT service – IoT for Electronics – targeting electronics manufacturers.

Marc Harmsen, global marketing lead and Europe product manager of Philips Television at TP Vision, said IBM’s Electronics service was already helping the firm manage and control smart TV content in more than 30 countries.

“This provides us with the opportunity to continuously balance costs with increased customer experience. Lastly, we have eliminated the need to set up hardware within traditional IT infrastructure – allowing a drastic reduction in provisioning time,” he said.

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Not only will the IoT connect every bit and piece of our lives, it looks to consolidate the businesses behind it. This is probably a good thing, as long as you're not terribly concerned about a monolithic business model.
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