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The AllSeen Alliance

February 19, 2014 08:00 ET

AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group Join the AllSeen Alliance

New Members Advance Support for the Broadest Cross-Industry Effort to Accelerate the Internet of Everything

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 19, 2014) - The AllSeen Alliance, the broadest cross-industry consortium to advance the Internet of Everything, today announced that 10 more companies -- AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group -- have joined the initiative.

The addition brings to 35 the number of top consumer electronics manufacturers, home appliance makers, service providers, retailers, enterprise technology companies, innovative startups and chipset manufacturers that have banded together under the AllSeen Alliance.

AllSeen Alliance members are collaborating on an open software framework, based on the AllJoyn open source project, that allows devices and systems to seamlessly discover, dynamically connect and interact with nearby products regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating system. 

Better interoperability is a requirement to enable autonomous sharing of information and coordinated, intelligent operations across multiple devices and systems -- a state of connectedness that Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020.

The AllSeen Alliance was formed in December by a group of companies and The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development.

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AT&T Digital Life is an all-digital, IP-based, fully integrated, wireless home security and automation service, giving residential customers control and flexibility to set up programs and alerts from their smartphone, tablet or computer. The nationwide offering allows customers to connect to their homes, regardless of their wireless or broadband service provider. Digital Life provides 24/7 professionally monitored home security through U.S. based AT&T-owned and operated monitoring centers. Customers can choose from home a security and automation solution that offers an individualized customer experience, and uses advanced mobile internet technology to make their lives easier and keep their families and property safer. Automation packages include camera, energy, door and water detection and control.

As of Friday, February 21, 2014 Digital Life will be available in 63 markets across the United States. AT&T plans to launch services to international carriers to equip global service providers with the ability to offer customizable, web-based home, security, home automation, and energy and services to their subscribers.

"Our focus is on providing our customers with a comprehensive home security and automation solution that connects customers to their homes in a game-changing, wireless-centric experience," said Kevin Petersen, president, AT&T Digital Life, Inc. "As the first home security and automation service provider to join and support the AllSeen Alliance, we look forward to helping lead the industry to enable customers to seamlessly connect the devices in their homes to make their lives easier."

2lemetry is an Internet of Things platform and solutions company that powers the connected enterprise, tying people, processes, data and devices together -- transforming raw data into real-time actionable intelligence. 2lemetry has developed a unique platform architecture that allows for native support of multiple protocols, and can even handle home-grown, proprietary or legacy protocols. By doing so, protocol interoperability at all levels is now possible.

"Collaboration across the industry is what's needed to solve interoperability problems in the Internet of Things. The AllSeen Alliance's efforts will pay off in innovation and growth in this market," said Kyle Roche, CEO of 2lemetry.

Affinegy provides a software platform that powers entertainment, information, smart/safe home, and energy management. This platform securely enables these services to be distributed between the Cloud and connected devices within the home or business. Among the core features of Affinegy's profitable service enablement solution are automated installation, device discovery, secure network management, self/remote fix, service provisioning and analytics. Affinegy's platform is proven in more than 35 million homes and premises through leading broadband carriers, multi-service providers, and network equipment manufacturers worldwide.

"The AllSeen Alliance is an important cross-industry initiative that adds awesomation to the Internet of Things and solves key interoperability challenges among different devices," said Melissa Simpler, CEO of Affinegy. "We're delighted to be actively involved in this effort and help address a major need within the Internet of Things marketplace."

GOWEX has operated in the telecommunications sector for 15 years. It is currently leading the creation of "Wi-Fi Smart Cities," which offers free and premium Wi-Fi connectivity on the street and in means of public transportation. GOWEX, based in Madrid, offers its services in 80 cities around the world: New York, Paris and San Francisco.

"We are glad to be part of the AllSeen Alliance. We understand that the Internet of Things will be play a huge role in the city of tomorrow and, as a result, our own lives," said Jenaro García, CEO of GOWEX.

iControl Networks is a leader in connected home technology and innovation, and a driving force behind The Internet of Things. iControl's award-winning software platform solutions power many of today's leading home management and security offerings from top-tier service providers and home security companies worldwide. With seamless integration of interactive home security, home monitoring and control, energy management and home health care, iControl is defining the next generation of connected home management.

"iControl is constantly innovating its approach to home management. Membership in the AllSeen Alliance is the next evolution in providing greater accessibility to the smart home experience," said Ivan O'Neill, principal standards and ecosystem evangelist at iControl Networks. "We look forward to collaborating with fellow industry leaders to further enable the seamless integration of devices and technologies, and ultimately, provide end-users with the means to more effectively and efficiently manage their lives."

Kii provides end-to-end partnerships to mobile developers who want to maximize revenue, gain global distribution and turn their apps into full-time businesses. It offers a unique combination of cloud technology and distribution services, along with an early stage investment partnership fund designed to help app developers monetize and grow their business and marketing/distribution in Japan, China, and many other large mobile markets. Kii is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in San Mateo, CA, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

"The connected world is the future, and the AllSeen Alliance is providing the ecosystem to enable that," said Masanari Arai, CEO, Kii Corp. "We are very excited to join the Alliance and provide a mobile backend that makes it easier for developers to build mobile and Internet of Everything apps at scale."

Muzzley offers a developer's platform -- libraries & SDK's -- and a cloud middleware service that extends machine-to-machine connections to humans through their smart phones. The smartphones, after pairing, transform themselves into context and then allow a seamless or predictive interaction.

"We're living in a time of vast potential for people to have amazing experiences from devices being able to discover each other, connect and interact," said Domingos Bruges, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Muzzley. "The AllSeen Alliance is doing important work to pave the way for widespread adoption of seamlessly connected devices."

Patavina Technologies is providing a complete software solution based on 6LoWPAN and WiFi to enable wireless sensors and control networks. The solution combines the benefits of both protocols, allowing objects of every kind to be reached and controlled via an IP network. Patavina has developed a unique high-level interface enabling the user to customize quickly the platform to the specific objects properties and quickly integrate it into existing IT infrastructure.

"We are excited to participate in the AllSeen Alliance's effort to address a key issue in for Internet of Things mass deployment -- the fragmentation of the market into many different standards," said Lorenzo Vangelista, CEO of Patavina Technologies.

Tuxera's products solve interoperability challenges leveraging deep know-how in file system and media streaming technologies, recognized open source leadership and long-standing expertise in Linux, Android and Mac OS X, among others. Tuxera develops wireless media streaming technology, which allows users to interact with different devices in the network and stream media from local and online sources.

"There's almost unlimited promise in the Internet of Everything, as long as the industry can achieve true interoperability," said Mikko Välimäki, CEO of Tuxera. "We're happy to be part of the AllSeen Alliance and contribute toward reaching that potential."

Vestel Group is comprised of 27 companies operating in consumer electronics, mobile technologies, household appliances, professional displays LED lighting, and defense industries with renowned products, including television sets, educational, hospitality and digital signage solutions, digital set-top boxes, tablet PCs, smart phones and household appliances . With $3 billion US of export revenues, Vestel is the export leader in Turkey.

"We are delighted to join the industry leaders who are working together in the AllSeen Alliance to move the Internet of Everything forward," said Hayrettin Celikhisar, General Manager, Vestal Group. "A cross-industry solution for connecting people to the things around them will benefit consumers around the world."

Liat Ben-Zur, chairman of the AllSeen Alliance, said, "The addition of these 10 innovative companies demonstrates the consortium's momentum and the great interest we've seen in this work across the industry. No single company can accomplish the level of interoperability needed to support the Internet of Everything and enable real-life scenarios in homes and businesses. It takes many companies coming together."

About The AllSeen Alliance

The AllSeen Alliance is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that support the Internet of Everything with an open, universal development framework that is supported by a vibrant ecosystem and thriving technical community. The Alliance hosts and advances an industry-supported open software connectivity and services framework based on AllJoyn technology accepting contributions from premier level members Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., Sharp, Silicon Image, Technicolor and TP-LINK; and community members 2lemetry, AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, Canary, Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, GOWEX, Harman, HTC, iControl Networks, Kii, Letv, LIFX, Lite-on, Moxtreme, Musaic, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Tuxera, Vestel Group, Weaved and Wilocity, as well as the open source community. This secure and programmable software connectivity and services framework enables companies and individuals to create interoperable products that can discover, connect and interact directly with other nearby devices, systems and services regardless of transport layer, device type, platform, operating system or brand. For more information, please visit: http://www.allseenalliance.org

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