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A representation of the Internet of Things.

The AllSeen Alliance has developed an open source framework aimed to enable systems to discover, connect, and interact with each other, regardless of their manufacturer or operating system.

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The AllSeen Alliance, which is supported by the Linux Foundation, including Cisco, D-Link, Haier, LG Electronics, Qualcomm, Panasonic, and Sharp, has developed an open source framework designed to enable systems to seamlessly discover, connect, and interact with each other regardless of the manufacturer or the operating system they are using.

The AllSeen Alliance plans to contribute engineering resources and software to the framework, enabling software developers, manufacturers, and service providers to make interoperable services and devices that could be part of the Internet of Things. Developers can download the framework's code and details of its application program interfaces (APIs) to start working with it.

"Once the APIs that comprise the interoperability layer are opened up, there will be all kinds of opportunities to add services on top," says Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin. "Engineers already are implementing this code in products being sold today."

Zemlin says the framework also can be used to connect devices over existing technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet, as well as future radio and transport technologies.

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