Intel links up Internet of Things agenda with new platform

Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Internet of Things group, stated that the business itself is expected to deliver $2 billion in revenue this year.


SAN FRANCISCO--- Intel has been pushing its Internet of Things and connected devices agenda for more than a year now, but the processor giant is linking everything up now with the debut of a new platform.

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Recalling that Intel's IoT group only launched in the last 12 months, Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Internet of Things group, stated that the business itself is expected to deliver $2 billion in revenue this year.

"The Internet of Things must scale. We're talking about billions of devices that will become connected over the balance of this decade," Davis argued, adding this require a "unified solutions" for all these building blocks to meet and work together.

The overall scheme is dubbed the Intel IoT Platform, unveiled on Tuesday at a media event as the company's approach for linking connected end points and data linked through the cloud with enterprise-grade security.

Perhaps reflecting the fragmented ecosystem of connected devices (including wearables) already on the market, Intel boasted that the development of this platform should provide businesses with a streamlined framework for deploying "limitless solutions."

Davis posited that the technology industry has been "evolving up to this point," but he acknolwedged a trio of economic factors have played into the recent IoT explosion. He cited the cost of sensors have dropped two times over during the last decade, while bandwidth and processing costs have dropped 40 and 60 times respectively during the same time frame as well.

Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's software group, touted IoT as the next wave of computing -- to the point where it has become "the norm." She reiterated Intel's forecast calling for 40 billion connected "things" by 2020, from wearables to industrial endpoints such as in retail and transporation.

"It's clear to us that big data analytics is the next big technology disruptor," Bryant insisted. "The reason big data is such an industry buzzword is because of the opportunity it creates."

Bryant followed up with an IDC prediction that big data will present a $41 billion opportunity by 2018 versus just $13 billion in 2013.

Intel paired the IoT platform launch with the introduction of a bevy of new software and hardware products intended for use on the IoT platform.

Several of these items derive directly from Intel subidiaries, including a device and data management stack by Wind River, an API and traffic management system from Mashery, and security management courtesy of McAfee.

Intel is also reaching out to a wider swath of developers with the expansion of cloud analytics support via IoT Developer Kits so that developers can identify trends and problems at scale.

The Silicon Valley giant has already signed up a number of its industry neighbors and partners for immediate development on the Intel IoT platform, including Accenture, Capgemini, Dell, and SAP, among others.

Albeit less flashy than its collaborative partners in wearables -- such as high-end fashion label Opening Ceremony -- the initial list reflects an enterprise-focused agenda and customer base as the platform gets off the ground.

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