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Electrolux Joins AllSeen Alliance to Develop Seamlessly Connected Appliances
Aug 27, 2014
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Global appliance maker Electrolux has joined the AllSeen Alliance, the Internet of Everything open-source project, as a Premier Member.

Electrolux's joining means the AllSeen Alliance has now added 63 total members since its launched in December 2013.

Electrolux described the AllSeen Alliance as the largest and most diverse open source effort to advance the Internet of Everything. Members include appliance producers as well as consumer electronics manufacturers, service providers, retailers, automotive and enterprise technology companies, developers and chipset manufacturers. Premier Members include Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Sharp, Silicon Image, Technicolor, and TP-Link.

"Electrolux strongly believes that this technology, where appliances communicate with each other, with consumers, and with other devices, offers a great potential to develop products and services that improve how we cook our food and clean our homes,” said Electrolux's Chief Technology Officer Jan Brockmann. "For instance, we are working on solutions for smarter cooking, which will leverage our professional capabilities to help people achieve great tasting food with minimum effort."

Brockmann said the company also recognized the need for large companies from across industries to coordinate their efforts in order to facilitate interoperability.

He also said that Electrolux was the first appliances-only company to choose such a collaborative approach.

Alliance members will collaboratively build out an open source software framework called AllJoyn. The process uses currently available open source code, updated through contributions by members and the open source community, to act as a "universal translator" for objects and devices to interact regardless of brand and other infrastructure considerations.

AllSeen Alliance members believe widespread adoption of the Internet of Everything depends on giving disparate devices the ability to autonomously discover and interact with nearby devices, regardless of their underlying proprietary technology or communications protocols.

“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,” said Liat Ben-Zur, chairman of the AllSeen Alliance. “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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