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Panasonic and IoT: Existing technologies and beyond

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Panasonic? IoT? AllSeen Alliance? open-source? IP?

Where in the AllSeen Alliance's activities do you think your software technology fit best and contribute most?

Rytting: For one, the gateway agent work that's going on at the group. AllSeen has been working on the gateway agent, something we are familiar with.

Too often, we hear about companies committed to making their IoT solutions "open." Samsung Electronics CEO Boo-Keun Yoon's keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show this year is a good example. He made a passionate pitch to "unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things" and stressed the importance of an "open ecosystem" for IoT, while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung's leadership.

Rytting: Yes, that was an impressive message. First, the company was saying that it's capable of gathering so many products in one place. Second, it was inviting others to join and play "in our sandbox."

That's a very different approach from what we're pursuing at Panasonic. We aren't forcing our solution on others. We aren't building our own ecosystem. We want to contribute, as a team member, and get engaged in open-source community activities. We think we have strong and solid IoT expertise we can share.

Differences in IP Policy

Why are you contributing to the AllSeen Alliance, not the OIC?

Rytting: We like a broad range of companies participating in the AllSeen Alliance.

At Panasonic, our plan is to open up both implementation [source code] and protocol specifications. The patent non-assertion applies to both the implementation and the specifications.

This also applies to open source implementation and any other implementation of the specifications.

Are you implying that the situation might be different at the OIC?

Rytting: I can't speak of OIC. We believe OIC handles their approach in a different manner. We don't have a clear picture of their IP policy, but we do know it's different from ours and from AllSeen's.

[Editor's note: OIC did not return to our call in time for our deadline.]

What are you hearing from the open-source community?

Rytting: We hear some in the open-source community are disappointed, as they find out in some instances that they can get the source code, but some constraints are applied when it comes to the use of specifications.

Our non-assertion pledge allows use of the involved patents, covering both implementation and specification, on a royalty free basis.

Our goal is to provide software and patents in a manner that's in alignment with the open-source community's needs.

- Junko Yoshida
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