Samsung has joined EdgeX Foundry, an open source project building a common framework for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing. The latest move by the South Korean company is aimed to leverage the interoperability provided by open source developments to build new Industrial IoT experiences.
“EdgeX Foundry delivers the interoperability, flexibility and scalability that businesses need to deploy Industrial IoT solutions without hesitation, and it will enable us to create lightweight edge solutions that can support real-time operations for our manufacturing infrastructures,” said Kyeongwoon Leen, senior vice president, Samsung, in a statement.
Samsung has joined the 60-member EdgeX Foundry as a Platinum member by committing to pay US$150,000 annually. This partnership will bring the company’s manufacturing experience and expertise in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions to bolster the development the EdgeX Framework. Further, it will help to expand the market of EdgeX-compatible components and devices.
Launched in April 2017, EdgeX Foundry is another non-profit, collaborative project by the Linux Foundation to promote open source deployments. The project is targeting at building EdgeX Framework as a unified solution for Industrial IoT solutions, hosted within a full hardware and operating system agnostic reference software platform. Samsung would utilise the platform to add open source support to its enterprise offerings. Additionally, Samsung’s Tizen would get space in the fast growing world of Industrial IoT.
“Samsung is an active contributor to the open source community and has been a key driver behind IoT standardisation supporting consumer devices and smart home technology,” stated Philip DesAutels, a Ph.D. senior director of IoT, the Linux Foundation.
Other companies on board
Apart from Samsung, companies like AMD, Analog Devices, Dell EMC, Toshiba and VMware are among the partners of EdgeX Foundry. There are also some well-known entities from the software market, including Beechwood, Canonical’s Ubuntu, Cloud Foundry and Tulip.
Furthermore, the Linux Foundation helps the open source project arrange a gathering of hundreds of over hundreds of people to expand the open source platform with industry experts and developers.