Intel has announced several new and updated products that together make up the Intel IoT Platform, an end-to-end reference model intended to make it easier for firms to deploy an IoT solution and create building blocks that can be reused as part of an IoT ecosystem.
The firm claimed the Intel IoT Platform will help deliver innovations to market faster, and make it easier for solution providers to move IoT from small pilot schemes to mainstream deployments, with a repeatable foundation of building blocks that can be customised as necessary.
Intel announced new products and technologies to support the platform, including the Wind River Edge Management System to connect devices to a central data gathering system; enhanced McAfee security tools for IoT hardware; and an Intel API and Traffic Management solution to make it easier to create new applications to access IoT data.
Doug Davis, vice president of Intel's IoT Group, said the firm is working to make IoT more accessible to solution providers.
"IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles. By simplifying the development process, and making it easier to deploy new solutions that address market needs, we can help accelerate innovation," he said.
As an example, the Wind River Edge Management System is a cloud-based service that enables devices to connect securely with a centralised control system, providing device management capabilities and collecting device-generated data.
An endpoint agent for the Edge Management System has been integrated into Wind River's embedded platforms, including VxWorks and Wind River Linux, and will also be integrated into the latest Intel IoT Gateway devices, Intel said.
Intel is also expanding its IoT Cloud Analytics service for processing telemetry data to support the Intel IoT gateways as well as its Galileo boards and Edison modules.
Meanwhile, Intel's IoT gateways can now be brought under the control of the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, Intel's security management console, to manage device, software and data security on the gateway.
Intel also said that it will promote its Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology to other silicon vendors.
This is Intel's implementation of an anonymous attestation scheme which enables the remote authentication of a device using its built-in Trusted Platform Module, without revealing its exact identity or information that could be used to track the device.
Since EPID is being used to underpin many of the end-to-end security and management services in the Intel IoT Platform, providing it to other silicon vendors will offer an entry point for non-Intel-based devices to be incorporated, the firm said.
Finally, the new Intel API and Traffic Management service is designed to help users connect devices with cloud-based services using application programming interfaces (APIs).
This is based on the Intel Mashery technology that the firm gained through its acquisition of API management firm Mashery in 2013.
Customers can bring existing APIs into the Traffic Manager, as well as create new complex APIs.
These can all be made available in a portal that allows fast application development, with management and orchestration based on security policies in place, Intel said.
For more information on IoT, visit the Intel IT Center.
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