New Intel IoT Platform Makes 'Things' Smarter and More Connected

Intel earlier this week announced a new Intel IoT Platform reference architecture and new hardware and software products as part of its effort to build out comprehensive offerings for the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.

The platform includes two reference architectures and a portfolio of products from Intel and its ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity.

Designed to build and secure smart and connected solutions from things to the cloud, the products include new Intel Quark processors for IoT, operating systems with a comprehensive cloud suite from Wind River, and analytics capabilities, all designed to build and secure smart and connected solutions from things to the cloud.

"Today, Intel further solidifies its position in the IoT and continues to deliver a comprehensive set of building blocks with a strong ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity," said Doug Davis, senior vice president, IoT Group at Intel. "Intel is making it easier for our customers to scale from things to cloud with new Intel Quark processors for IoT and Wind River's free cloud-connected OS for microcontrollers."

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Intel is working with companies across market segments to scale from a proof of concept to pilot to deployments. Customers, including Levi Strauss & Co, Honeywell and Yanzi have developed smart things in everything from industrial wearables to retail to smart buildings,  powered by the Intel IoT Platform. Levi Strauss, for example,  collaborated with Intel and implemented a proof of concept for the platform to address inventory management in three of its stores.

IoT Made Easier

The new Intel IoT Platform reference architecture for smart and connected things is focused on enabling the broad Intel ecosystem to simply develop, secure and integrate smart things. The platform provides a blueprint for delivering innovations to market faster by reducing complexity and defining how smart devices will securely connect and share trusted data to the cloud.

The first company to announce IoT solutions based on the new Intel IoT Platform is SAP, which will develop its IoT enterprise end-to-end solutions utilizing the Intel platform along with its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

New Silicon for Smart Connected Things

Intel's addition of Intel Quark processors for IoT provides low-power silicon for intelligent things. The Intel Quark SE SoC and the Intel Quark microcontroller D1000 and D2000 feature processing in an energy-conscious envelope. The Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT offers an integrated sensor hub as well as pattern matching technology to deliver real-time insights from complex sensor data at the very edge of IoT.

The Intel Quark microcontroller D1000 is available, while the Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 will be available by the end of this year. The Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT will be available in the first half of 2016.

The new cloud suite offering from Wind River is designed to help makers and commercial developers simplify and accelerate IoT application and device development, with the ability to start building applications in 10 minutes. As a critical part of the Intel IoT Platform, the Wind River offering includes free cloud-connected multi-architecture operating systems, Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux, and a cloud suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products.

A key component of its new IoT Platform is the Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP) which helps make data actionable and can be integrated in an end-to-end IoT solution. TAP is an open source project developed by Intel designed to make it easier and faster for data scientists to deploy big data analytics. TAP is targeted at a range of industries such as healthcare, retail and industrial and integrates with the Intel IoT Platform reference architecture for data management, protocol abstraction, workload distribution and compute.

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