China’s Huawei Technologies is following Google, IBM and Microsoft in making a claim in the so-called Internet of Things, an emerging area of technologies that stitch devices to the Internet.
The telecommunication giant today launched LiteOS, an operating system designed for running connected appliances and machines. The company says the software is the lightest of its kind- LiteOS is only 10 kilobytes in size. And it is also 20% faster and more energy efficient than other operating systems, according to Huawei.
Huawei says LiteOS is open-source, meaning developers can tinker with the code and use it in a wide range of devices. Liu Shaowei, the company’s president of switch and enterprise communication product line, says Huawei is currently working with five domestic and overseas partners to make an ecosystem centered on LiteOS.
The company says the goal is not to compete with Android or Windows, both of which are used to power smart appliances and wearable gadgets in addition to smartphones. LiteOS is more for industrial use, an area that has yet to see a good solution as more machines get connected and can be remotely controlled, according to Liu. But the software can be applied in consumer businesses as well- Huawei’s Mate 7 smartphone and its talk bands run on LiteOS.
By 2025, about 100 billion devices will be connected to the Internet and more than half of them will be used in areas including transportation, manufacturing and logistics, Huawei estimates. The company is also racing to develop 5G, the communication infrastructure promising superfast Internet speeds and broader network coverage to connect more objects.
This article was written by Yue Wang from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.