Huawei Poised to Dominate IoT

by Matt Klassen on May 25, 2015

One of the most vilified Chinese companies in North America is quickly becoming a dominant player in the growing Internet of Things, as the world’s largest telecom hardware provider, Huawei, is leveraging its global market power to establish itself as the default choice for providing a unified IoT ecosystem, but in a surprising twist, not by focusing on hardware, but by transitioning into the software side of things.

Since the advent of the IoT industry companies have been vying to be the default platform that runs our growing connected everything existence, and it’s here that Huawei is hoping to dominate the market. Last week the company unveiled its LiteOS, an operating system designed specifically to run on products not traditionally designed to connect to the Internet, but in this push to get everything connected, soon will.

According to the Chinese telecom manufacturer, the OS will be exceedingly small in size, a meager 10KB—by comparison, most current operating systems are several gigabytes in size—and will require no configuration at the user end.

It’s this simplicity, Huawei hopes, which will allow the company to dominate the IoT market, beating out the traditional mobile players by ignoring the hardware side completely and focusing on the software that will run everything in the not-so-distant future.

As I’ve said before, the key to IoT growth will be market unification; product vendors, manufacturers, and software developers standing together in unity behind a chosen default platform. While this fight for IoT dominance will likely take several years to play out, Huawei stands as one of the only serious competitors looking to unify the market behind one functional, IoT-focused operating system.

Now with every ‘dumb’ minutia of our existence poised to be transformed into revolutionary ‘smart’ products, we stand at the cusp of a connectivity explosion. While this exponential growth in connected products is the gateway to the coming connected everything future, it poises innumerable challenges to the current tech landscape, no more so than the overwhelming amount of data traffic it threatens to generate. It’s here that Huawei is ahead of the game, as in addition to providing a simple OS for connecting everything, the company has created the connectivity infrastructure needed to connect devices to each other and help relieve the burden on networks.

As CNET’s Don Reisinger explains, “To bolster its appeal to companies, Huawei also announced plans to build out its “Agile Network Architecture” to provide all of the infrastructure companies would need to build out connectivity in their devices. At the core of that effort are two services it’s calling Agile IoT Gateway and Agile Controller. Those services, the company says, will reduce the workload that will be placed on wireless data networks that would need to accommodate the explosion in Internet.”

Simply put, despite the communist witch-hunt that effectively drove Huawei out of the American market, the Chinese telecom giant now stands poised to dominate the future of technology, but not because it’s competing with others on the hardware side of things, but because it stands as one of the first companies to provide a unified platform to run our connected everything existence.

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