Intel’s IoT vision encompasses more than chips – Intel is bringing all its assets to bear on the Internet of Things, a hot topic for nearly all IT vendors but one that’s especially critical to big chip makers. While Intel would like to see its low-power chips used in sensors, wearables and other hardware that will ship in huge numbers if the industry’s IoT dreams come true, it also has software, security and infrastructure to add to the mix. In the short run, those may matter more than the silicon itself. At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, the company announced what it calls the Intel IoT Platform, a combination of hardware, software and partnerships designed to help its customers quickly churn out complete systems. Intel also introduced its latest IoT gateway design, plus security and management capabilities that will be part of that platform. “It really is an end to end play,” said Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Intel Software and Services Group.
A key part of Intel’s strategy for IoT is its gateway reference designs, which can collect data from sensors and other IoT devices at the edge of a network and process and translate that data. The gateways can even turn machines that have never been networked into connected devices, translating older proprietary protocols into usable streams of data on IP (Internet Protocol) networks. On Tuesday, Intel introduced the Wind River Edge Management System, a technology stack for cloud-based control of IoT operations. It also rolled out a new generation of the Intel IoT Gateway with the Wind River software, which will allow enterprises to quickly deploy gateways and manage them for as long as they are in use. The company also laid out a list of partners for building and deploying IoT systems in various industries. Those partners include Accenture, Capgemini, SAP, Dell and Japan’s NTT Data.