Intel executive Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala said Wednesday that the company is “uniquely positioned” as a partner for tapping into the lucrative Internet of Things market.
“The interconnectedness of everything is something that will be a real game-changer,” he told partners and developers during his keynote at Intel Developer Forum, which takes place in San Francisco this week. “And Intel is uniquely positioned to partner with you to make that happen.”
Intel’s Internet of Things platform – which is made up of reference architectures, as well as processors that enable sensors and gateways at the edge of Internet of Things solutions – will make up the backbone of IoT applications for industrial, enterprise and vertical markets, said Renduchintala, vice president and general manager of Internet of Things at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.
Renduchintala, a former Qualcomm executive who Intel hired in November, has been charged with leading tIntel's shift in strategy from a PC-focused company to a connected device, cloud and data center company with a tighter emphasis on the Internet of Things.
Intel during Renduchintala’s keynote showcased different use cases for the Internet of Things in real life – including connected solutions for firefighters.
As part of this solution, Intel partnered with Honeywell to connect a Quark processor to the firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatus so that while they are in dangerous areas others can track how much oxygen they have left in their tank – and ultimately make critical life decisions based on that information.
As part of Intel’s Internet of Things strategy, Renduchintala said the company will focus on the development and deployment of 5G, the next generation of mobile telecommunications standards.
This broadband technology will provide better speeds and will be able to keep up with the explosion of connected devices as part of the Internet of Things. Renduchintala said Intel is aiming for 5G trials in 2018, and commercial deployment of the technology by 2020.
“Given the M&A activity in this space, and Intel’s internal changes, partnerships and stated intent in the IoT market, Intel partners -- including Five Nines IT Solutions – have a compelling story to talk about with our customers,” said Douglas Grosfield, founder and CEO of Five Nines IT Solutions, a Kitchener, Ontario-based strategic service provider. “Security in the IoT space is playing a game of catch-up now that the industry’s focus is turning to risk mitigation instead of just getting any IoT-enabled product to market as fast as they can.”
For solution providers, Intel’s “muscle” in the Internet of Things will help create opportunities for its channel partners, said Grosfield.