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Panasonic Shares Intellectual Property to Spur Growth of Internet of Things


NEWARK, N.J. — Panasonic has formally pledged to provide royalty-free access to software, patents and experience from its product ecosystem to speed the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) software and services.

Panasonic plans to make available for royalty-free use mature and tested device-to-cloud software technology, currently employed in home monitoring systems, solar energy and in retail applications. By increasing interoperability and security, the Panasonic initiative is expected to spur development and introduction of IoT solutions and connected devices by companies, universities and individuals.

"Open sourcing a proprietary technology invites the open source community to evaluate, work on and ultimately improve the software. In a market full of incompatible, proprietary offerings, this initiative brings a powerful tool to developers and equipment makers to help them create what the market wants in the IoT: inter-operable and flexible services and applications leveraging data from connected devices and most importantly value to the customer," said Todd Rytting, chief technology officer for Panasonic Corporation of North American. "We are excited to contribute some of our technology and expertise to the effort already underway at the AllSeen Alliance. We hope our IoT initiative will inspire other global companies to contribute intellectual property and ideas to making networks work together through this alliance," he said.

Panasonic has a history of collaboration through open intellectual property, such as releasing key patents to the public domain to help further development of the radio industry. It serves on the board of the AllSeen Alliance, which is dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that support IoT with an open, universal development framework that is supported by a vibrant ecosystem and a thriving technical community. Panasonic is a "Gold member" of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development, and which hosts the AllSeen Alliance as a Collaborative Project.

Panasonic will contribute its device-to-cloud software open source code to the OpenDOF Project Inc. (www.opendof.org), a non-profit entity Panasonic founded earlier this month to administer open source software contributed by Panasonic and the open source community. It will focus on expanding a secure, flexible and inter-operable open source software framework to enable the development of scalable and reliable network services from a variety of components and systems including gateways and cloud services.

For additional information, visit us.panasonic.com.