Appliance maker Electrolux joins IoT-focused AllSeen Alliance

Appliance maker Electrolux joins IoT-focused AllSeen Alliance

Summary: The appliance manufacturer will work with other members to build out the AllJoyn open-source framework.

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Appliance manufacturer Electrolux is joining the AllSeen Alliance, an open-source project focused on innovation on IoT technology. 

The Stokholm-based company is known for products such as refrigerators, dishwashers and vacuums, and owns the Zanussi, Eureka, Frigidaire, Molteni and Westinghouse brands. 

Electrolux joins fellow appliance maker Haier, along with Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Sharp, Silicon Image, Technicolor and TP-Link, on AllSeen's Premier Member roster.

The group is one of the more diverse consortiums, with members ranging from consumer electronics and chipset manufacturers to retailers and service providers. Primarily, work revolves around the AllJoyn open-source framework, which AllSeen said acts as a universal translator for objects and devices to interact.

Liat Ben-Zur, chairman of the AllSeen Alliance, said in a statement:

"We've said from the beginning that only a pan-industry effort using open source and collaboration can advance the technology required to build a truly connected world. The decision by Electrolux to join with the other signature companies is an important step forward for the AllSeen Alliance and we look forward to Electrolux AllJoyn-enabled products being commercially available."

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  • IoT needs security foundation first

    As devices seek connectivity with their owners and each other over IP, the weakest link is found in the end devices themselves. Timely updates, upgrades and patches in their firmware are necessary to prevent intrusion.

    The last thing I want is my router hacked through my vacuum cleaner because Electrolux failed to keep up with necessary updates.

    The industry is building a powerful superstructure upon a weak, thinly designed hull with holes in it. They need to secure the hull first.
    skypilota72