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What Will Run The Internet of Things? Hint: It's Fully Open

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - As you may have noticed, the Next Big Thing is the Internet of Things. It's certainly true that in addition to computational capabilities, connectivity is also being added to an ever-wider range of everyday objects. On the other hand, in the light of Snowden's leaks about pervasive surveillance of our online activities, you might have thought people would be a little more cautious about wiring up even more of their lives.

Leaving aside such thorny issues, a more technical question is: will one platform come to dominate the Internet of Things? The unanimous answer of companies, is of course "yes", because they all dream of offering it. But some players are better-placed than others to aspire to that position. One of them, arguably, is the UK company ARM, which has just made an interesting move in this sphere:

ARM has announced a new software platform and free operating system to simplify and speed up the creation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) products. The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform has been built around open standards and will bring Internet protocols, security and standards-based manageability into one integrated solution optimized for energy and cost-constrained devices. It is supported by the established and expanding mbed hardware and software ecosystem that will provide common building blocks for IoT devices and services. This new platform will accelerate the growth of the IoT by enabling innovators to focus on value-add features and differentiation.

As you can see, it is announcing a "free operating system". Although details are a little sketchy at the moment, the company says that it will be "free of charge and mainly open source. Some elements such as crypto are not open." Here are some more details: