The Linux Foundation Extends the AllSeen Alliance, Sets Summit Speaker Agenda

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 07, 2015

The Linux Foundation is out with a slew of announcements this week to kick off 2015. The AllSeen Alliance, which operates as a Linux Foundation Collaboration project, has announced a number of new initiatives. Most notably, it is expanding its platform framework with an AllJoyn Gateway Agent that extends the Internet of Things footprint beyond any user's local environment, over to the cloud.

The Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin's thoughts on the Internet of Everything illustrate the fact that the AllSeen Alliance is set to put in place a number of important standards. And, The Linux Foundation has announced new members and a keynote speaker lineup for its upcoming Collaboration Summit in California.

The  Allseen Alliance now has 112 members and is billed as "the broadest cross-industry consortium to date to advance adoption and innovation in the 'Internet of Everything' in homes and industry."  

Premier level members of the alliance include Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK. Community members include Canary, Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Letv, LIFX, Lite-on, Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Weaved and Wilocity. The alliance also includes Microsoft, AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group, among others.

As Datamation notes:

"From a deployment perspective, the new AllJoyn Gateway Agent can be installed on Linux or OpenWRT based WiFi routers, automation hubs and other devices...A key part of the effort is to help enable interoperability across vendors for IoT devices and services, which the AllSeen Alliance has also advanced over the last year. The “Designed for AllSeen” Compliance and Certification program is a core part of the interoperability effort, providing consumers with the guarantee that certified products will all work together."

Meanwhile, plans are coming together for The Linux Founcation's Collaboration Summit coming up February 18 to 20 in Santa Rosa, CA.  The full agenda is found here. Speakers and events will include:


CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi presenting on ‘Containers and the Changing Server Landscape’.

Red Monk Principal Analyst and Co-Founder Stephen O’Grady will discuss the topic, ‘Software at Scale: The Open Source Imperative’.


  An Internet of Things Panel, moderated by Linux Foundation Senior Director of IoT Philip DesAutels, and featuring panelists including Glen Allmendinger of Harbor Research and Jan Brockman of Electrolux, will cover the impact of connecting everything on business models, and challenges of building connected products, including Jevons Paradox.

The Collaboration Summit sounds like one of the better events slated for the beginning of this year.