The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that a lot of tech moguls have been coining as the next in wireless connectivity. Simply put, it is connecting every day things to the World Wide Web, giving them the ability to send, receive, and process data. Although it is a concept toyed with since the ’90s, it has only boomed in the past few years with wearables such as bands, watches, and even appliances like the Mi Air Purifier.
Now, Huawei wants to be front and center of the development of the Internet of Things, and has recently launched the Agile Network 3.0 at the Huawei Network Congress 2015 (HNC2015), which includes the Agile IoT Gateway, the Agile Controller, and the LiteOS.
The LiteOS is the world’s lightest IoT OS at 10KB. Since it barely consumes memory, it can easily be customized and installed in an array of electronics. The LiteOS aims to make it easier for developers to create IoT products, which will then be supported by the infrastructure set up by Huawei.
“Over the last three years, Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations with our global industry partners in IoT. We have developed a series of IoT solutions that have already been applied to buildings, electricity meters, vehicles, gymnasiums, factories, retail outlets, and street lights,” explained Liu Shaowei, President of the Switch and Enterprise Communication Product Line of Huawei. “In line with our approach to provide Business-driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII), Huawei will continue to work with more partners to launch solutions based on our Agile Network architecture for different vertical industries.”
This development could potentially jumpstart the widespread use of IoT, making everything and everyone connected at all times. However, constant connectivity is double-edged sword: failing to unplug can inadvertently change the way we live our lives as many start to incessantly depend on all things digital to do even the most mundane of tasks.
As we slowly edge towards an era where it becomes increasingly difficult to mute digital noise, it may be smart to take a step back and see how we define technology and how it defines us. Knowing where we stand can keep us from getting carried away by the tidal wave of fast-paced developments.