Afero builds IoT platform for the home and beyond
Google, Apple and Nest have unveiled Afero, a platform aimed at bringing a higher level of connectivity and security to the Internet of Things, both inside and outside the home. Led by Joe Britt, a former engineering director at Google Android and co-founder of Danger (makers of the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone), the Afero team has developed a platform that includes integrated hardware, software and cloud services for IoT connectivity and data analytics. The company is now launching to the public and announcing its collaboration with Murata, Infocom and Bandai.
Afero is made to reduce the complexity of IoT development and provide a secure connection between devices and the cloud, allowing companies and developers to deliver innovations faster.
"We firmly believe that 2016 will be the year that begins to connect the world – not just the home," Afero CEO, Joe Britt, said in a statement. "Bringing new intelligence to products and services that reach billions of people will change lives in ways we can't yet imagine. But it will take a sophisticated, comprehensive and secure platform to allow us to get to that point safely. That's what we created with Afero."
Afero is made to be a secure, end-to-end IoT platform that unlocks smart capabilities for any product in any industry. The platform incorporates a secure Bluetooth Smart module, scalable cloud services, mobile apps and a range of development tools.
Security was a primary impetus behind the creation of Afero . The team worked to develop a patent-pending authentication and encryption technologies to ensure that no data can be accessed maliciously from any device or gateway point on the platform.
Afero combines connectivity and security at the three key touch points for all connected devices:
- The product, through an embedded, secure radio module
- The mobile phone, through app-level monitoring and control
- The cloud, through web APIs
Afero does not build products that compete with its partners. It seeks to be an agnostic yet inclusive ecosystem that connects smart items around the world.