Huawei launches new operating system for IoT

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Reuters: China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest telecom equipment maker, last week became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), centered on a new operating system (OS).

The OS is designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online.

At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its “Agile IoT” architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. This marks the firm’s most significant push into a sector that has lured heavyweights from Google Inc to Intel Corp and IBM into pushing their own standards and communication protocols.

Huawei executives touted Agile architecture as a free and open standard that would allow hardware designers to easily make connectable devices. Aside from its operating system, Huawei also showed off fully customisable wireless equipment that could be installed in business settings.

“Standardising infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including ‘IoT’ applications,” said Huawei’s Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer William Xu.

Huawei’s latest expansion comes at a time when consumer-oriented firms such as Xiaomi Inc and Apple Inc, anticipating an explosion of internet-connected home appliances and consumer devices, have sought to build ecosystems around their popular handsets.

Last month, Tencent Holdings unveiled its own operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Inc and Xiaomi in the smart hardware space.