LOS ALTOS, Calif. – Today, mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple, and Nest unveiled Afero, the platform that brings a higher level of connectivity and security to the Internet of Things, both inside and outside the home. Led by Joe Britt, formerly an engineering director at Google Android and co-founder of Danger (makers of the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone that was acquired by Microsoft), the Afero team has spent nearly two years developing 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.
“We firmly believe that 2016 will be the year that begins to connect the world – not just the home,” said Afero CEO Joe Britt. “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.”
Accelerating the Reality of IoT Connected Products
Afero is a secure, end-to-end IoT platform that unlocks smart capabilities for any product in virtually any industry. The platform incorporates a secure Bluetooth® Smart module, scalable cloud services, mobile apps, and a range of development tools. Afero reduces the complexity of IoT development and provides a secure connection between devices and the cloud, allowing companies and developers to deliver innovations to the burgeoning marketplace faster.
The Internet of Things has been called the next Industrial Revolution, with the potential to radically transform how businesses, governments, and everyday people interact with the physical world. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 50 to 100 billion connected devices. While this explosion in smart devices creates new possibilities for businesses to build breakthrough products that improve people’s lives, the industry is also fragmented and open to security risks.
Security was a primary impetus behind the creation of Afero and is deeply woven throughout the platform’s architecture. The team developed advanced, 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:
This complete platform accelerates the creation of connected devices by minimizing the investment normally required for software development and testing, while ensuring a secure and scalable solution.
To date, some of the world’s largest companies, spanning various industries, have chosen Afero to build cloud-connected products and services. Current partners include Bandai, one of the world’s largest makers of toys and video games, and Infocom, the leader in healthcare IT systems and operation management services.
Additionally, Afero is working with Murata – the global leader in the design and manufacturing of electronic components for companies like Samsung and Apple – to manufacture the Afero ASR-1 module, a secure Bluetooth® Smart module.
Unlike other Internet of Things platforms, Afero is pure-play and does not build products that compete with its partners. That way, the platform remains an agnostic yet inclusive ecosystem that connects the smartest things in the world.
The Afero team has spent decades working at some of the world’s most innovative places like Apple, Google, Nest, Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and Microsoft. At Afero, they have joined forces to provide everyone, from individual developers to large corporations, the ability to quickly and easily leverage the Internet of Things, so that their partners can focus on building the products and services that they most care about.
For more information on Afero and its IoT platform solution, click here: www.afero.io
Created by mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple, Nest, Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix, Afero is a comprehensive and secure platform for cloud-connected devices in any industry. The Afero turnkey architecture incorporates a secure Bluetooth® Smart module, scalable cloud services, and a range of development tools that enable companies and developers to quickly prototype and build connected devices, then gather meaningful analytics. Afero connects your smart devices and enables them to work together. Afero empowers entrepreneurs and companies to improve the way people communicate with each other and everything around them.
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