The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of EdgeX Foundry, an open source project tasked with building a common open framework for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components. The main aim of the initiative is to simplify and standardize industrial IoT edge computing, said the industry body in a statement, adding that EdgeX Foundry will build up an ecosystem of companies offering interoperable plug-and-play components.

Interoperability for IoT

EdgeX is designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, delivering interoperability between connected devices, applications, and services, across a wide range of use cases. Interoperability between community-developed software will be maintained through a certification programme, said the Linux Foundation.

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Over 50 companies have joined as founding members including Dell, Analog Devices, Canonical, Linaro, NetFoundry, Neustar, Vantiq and VMware, while industry affiliate members include the Cloud Foundry Foundation, EnOcean Alliance, Mainflux, Object Management Group, Project Haystack and ULE Alliance.

Live demonstrations of the EdgeX platform will be on display at Hannover Messe in Hannover from 24 to 28 April.

Originally ran in Telecompaper.