Chip giant ARM has acquired Internet of Things (IoT) software firm Sensinode Oy in a bid to accelerate the uptake of IoT devices.
The IoT is a set of technologies and methodologies that underpin so-called "smart applications", which could be used in areas including transport, environmental studies and smart dwellings. It envisions billions of objects containing embedded sensors, which all communicate in a weblike structure over the internet.
Finland-based Sensinode Oy develops software standards for low-powered IoT devices. ARM, which produces the hardware for IoT projects, hopes the acquisition of Sensinode Oy’s NanoStack and NanoService software standards combined with its own tiny Cortex processors will make it a market leader in the IoT space. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
ARM predicts it will be able to make inroads into the IoT device market – predicted to connect 30 billion devices by 2020 – with wireless sensors, connected appliances and wearable electronics. Sensinode's technology has been used to connect street lights (below) and smart energy metres in suburban neighbourhoods.
John Cornish, executive vice president of ARM’s system design division, said: “ARM is dedicated to enabling a standards-based Internet of Things where billions of devices of all types and capabilities are connected through interoperable internet protocols and web services.”
He added: “Sensinode is a pioneer in software for low-cost, low-power internet-connected devices and has been a key contributor to open standards for IoT. By making Sensinode expertise and technology accessible to the ARM Partnership and through the ARM Mbed project we will enable rapid deployment of thousands of new and innovative IoT applications.”
Last week, it was announced that eight UK schools would be included in a new IoT scheme to find out exactly how the technology could be utilised by educational establishments through collaborative data-sharing and the embedding of sensors in all aspects of a school’s construction.
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