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ARM acquires Sensinode Oy for IoT expertise

September 01, 2013

Bernard Cole-September 01, 2013

To complement its efforts on the wireless network hardware layer side supporting the wireless whitespace initiative,  ARM Ltd., has beefed up its expertise on the software protocol side with the acquisition of Sensinode Oy

A provider of the network protocols software for managing the Internet of things (IoT), the privately-held company has led the creation of the 6LoWPAN and CoAP standards for low cost low power devices, and has been a key contributor to the IETF, ZigBee IP, ETSI and OMA standardization efforts.

According to John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, System Design Division, ARM , the company will not only continue the commercial offering of Sensinode’s NanoStack and NanoService products to existing and new customers, but integrate them into ARM’s mBed integrated development platform to further simplify development of IoT designs.

He said that by combining the Cortex family of processors, the mbed project and the Sensinode tools and collaborative mbed project, the combination will provide the ideal foundation for thousands of new applications including wireless sensors, smart connected appliances, home health applications, and wearable electronics. The technology is also applicable to M2M applications using cellular connections and the new OMA Lightweight M2M standard for device management.

mbed, Cornish said, is an industry collaboration to deliver fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices. This includes support for microcontrollers, radios, peripherals, middleware and cloud services. “Adding Sensinode’s technology will enable developers to easily create IoT applications incorporating and supporting these open standards,”  he said. 

Adam Gould, CEO of Sensinode since 2010, said several groups are migrating towards Web standards for IoT software including the Zigbee Alliance, powerline groups, and others. Gould will remain with ARM.

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