Intel has acquired Internet of Things (IoT) startup Yogitech in a bid to boost the chip firm's development of IoT technology safety and applications.
Yogitech was founded in Italy in 2000, and works on “functional security” for semiconductors, an unexciting yet core part of the IoT as it ensures that connected devices are secure and functioning correctly.
This is particularly important in areas such as autonomous and connected cars, as robust systems where electronics can harvest data on driving performance are needed to keep the systems working accurately and in real time.
Having this functionality assured creates faith in the use of IoT devices that require people to surrender some aspect of control or rely on a network of smart devices to work together without significant management needs.
Yogitech’s focus in the IoT arena has been on advanced driver assistance systems, and robotic and autonomous machines for industrial and automotive use where functional safety is vital.
Intel has yet to reveal how Yogitech will fit into the corporate mass, other than that it will become part of the firm's IoT Group.
However, Ken Caviasca, vice president and general manager of platform engineering and development at Intel’s IoT Group, hinted at the direction the acquisition will take.
“The industry is now moving from automating data [for] better decisions, to automating actions informed by real-time data. You can see this evolution in the autonomous vehicle prototypes that nearly all have Intel inside,” he said.
“Functional safety is a requirement for these and other IoT customers. We see the combination of high performance and functional safety as a natural evolution of Intel’s IoT platform and strategy.”
But it could be speculated that the acquisition will target chips for use in IoT devices in a greater number of robotics and autonomous system situations, bolstered by Yogitech’s functional security capabilities.
Ensuring that the developments made in the IoT are secure and safe to use is a hot topic in the technology industry. There are concerns of a lack of awareness around how the IoT should be secured from hack attacks, and that IoT firms are effectively sleepwalking into security problems.
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