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The Internet of Things, where objects connect themselves to the internet, got a boost today from the AllSeen Alliance, a new open source consortium overseen by the Linux Foundation (FAQ).

The All Seen Alliance, looks to expand upon the “Internet of Things,” which Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020.

The software runs on popular platforms such as Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows, including embedded variants. It will add more functionality and interaction across various brands and sectors, such as the connected home, healthcare, education, automotive and enterprise.

The AllSeen Alliance is based on a piece of Qualcomm technology, AllJoyn, which lets devices automatically pair over different wireless protocols and collaborate across product catagories.

Instead of dictating that devices have to connect with each other over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or Zigbee and having users painstakingly pair those devices, AllJoyn automatically discovers devices and negotiating connections with whichever protocols are available.

The new initiative has attracted major supporters including Qualcomm, LG, Panasonic, Haier, Cisco, D-Link, Fon, Harman, HTC, Cisco, Sears, and Wilocity. The members of the AllSeen Alliance will contribute software and engineering resources, enabling hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services.

One company conspicuously absent from the list is Intel. Intel has its own Intelligent Systems Framework, designed to enable connectivity, manageability and security across devices. The embedded ecosystem has been used in more than 50 products in the communications, transportation, medical, mobile, industrial and retail industries.

While Machine-to-Machine provides the plumbing between devices, the Internet of Things, such as the AllSeen Alliance, aims to add smarts to seamlessly connect and do stuff.

According to ABI Research more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. Most will connect via wireless technologies including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Cellular, and RFID.

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