Weaved, Kii and Astak have announced a partnership to build and release miniMole, described in the press release as "the world's first IP camera platform." The miniMole platform will feature an open API-based SDK and an online developer portal, and will be based on a wholesale distribution model. In June, ProgrammableWeb reported that Kii and Weaved had formed a partnership aimed at speeding up the connectability of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the two companies were searching for IoT device manufacturers to use the Kii-Weaved service.
Weaved is an IoT connectivity technology company based in Palo Alto, Calif., whose mission is to "become the 'DNS' for the Internet of Everything." Kii is a cloud-based, full-stack, mobile back-end platform provider headquartered in Tokyo. Astak is a home and business security solutions company based in San Jose, Calif. All three are leading companies in the IoT industry, and the partnership makes it possible for device manufacturers and service providers to incorporate IP camera functionality into their products using one complete solution.
The miniMole IP camera platform also provides developers with an open API-based SDK that can be used to create third-party connected camera applications and to integrate the miniMole platform with other third-party applications. Examples of miniMole's IP camera functionality include event timelines, advanced audio, motion-detection triggers and alarm filters. Simon Wang, vice president of marketing and sales for Astak, is quoted in the press release:
Just as we saw third parties, like Instagram and SnapChat, create compelling new user experiences by leveraging the smartphones' underlying camera hardware and open camera APIs, we expect to see some amazing new applications emerge for miniMole. These new capabilities and features will take advantage of our camera hardware and cloud services from Weaved.
Both Kii and Weaved are members of the AllSeen Alliance, a nonprofit consortium that was formed with the goal of driving the adoption of the Internet of Everything (IoE) by providing a universal open source development framework originally based on the AllJoyn Open Source Project. The AllSeen Alliance provides developers with SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows and other platforms that make it possible for applications and devices to communicate over Wi-Fi, power line, Ethernet and other transport layers without the need for Internet access and regardless of manufacturer and device operating system. Last month, ProgrammableWeb reported that Microsoft joined the AllSeen Alliance and the Industrial Internet Consortium supporting a platform that is open source and available to everyone. In the article, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Microsoft's IoT group, is quoted:
We believe the promise of IoT lies in making new and existing devices smarter by connecting them to services in the cloud. In order for us to collectively realize the full potential of IoT, it’s imperative we have the right conversations as a community to enable these new and emerging devices and cloud services to be able to communicate and interact properly. It’s a big moment for the industry.
The Internet of Things is already having a huge impact on a variety of industries and, according to Gartner, it's leading to a new economy. A recent Gardner report states that:
In 2009, there were 2.5 billion connected devices with unique IP addresses to the Internet; most of these were devices people carry such as cell phones and PCs. In 2020, there will be up to 30 billion devices connected with unique IP addresses, most of which will be products. This creates a new economy. In fact, Gartner predicts that the total economic value add for the Internet of Things will be $1.9 trillion in 2020, benefiting a wide range of industries, such as healthcare, retail, and transportation.
IoT is a hot topic, particularly with developers. ProgrammableWeb's Mark Boyd reported that the second half of the upcoming DataWeek and API World conference program will focus on the Internet of Things, including "wearables, the connected car, the environment as platform and even camera APIs."
The open miniMole platform is expected to enter beta this summer, and Weaved, Kii and Astak are inviting early adopters to join the program. Developers interested in accessing miniMole Smart Camera Open APIs can sign up for the private beta on the Kii website.
See also ProgrammableWeb's coverage of IoT news, including the launch of the Cisco Intercloud Platform, the launch of the Connect2Me IoT Marketplace and API Directory, and the announcement that the first SIGFOX technology-driven, long-range wireless network is being built in the San Francisco Bay Area.