The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expanding set of connected devices that can collect and transmit data and communicate in the same way as a smart phone or other device.
But, unlike the iPhone or the iPad, IoT devices don’t need to be connected to the internet.
And there’s a big reason for that: The internet of devices is getting cheaper, easier to use and more secure, says Michael Osterholm, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Dell.
Dell is one of several companies announcing IoT partnerships to expand the use of IoT devices for business and personal use.
The new partnership with Huawei, Dell and Huawei-LiteOS comes just months after the company signed a $10 billion IoT investment deal with the government of China.
It’s a significant milestone for IoT, and an opportunity for IoT businesses to expand their use of the technology, says Dell CIO Mark Wertheimer.
“IoTs are an important platform for connecting IoT devices, and we’re excited to work with Huawei and other IoT partners to deliver better security and security certification,” he says.
Huawei, Huawei-liteOS and Dell announced the IoT partners partnerships at a technology conference on Thursday.
Dell, which also unveiled a $7 billion IoT acquisition deal with Samsung earlier this year, says IoT devices are becoming more popular, but it can still be tricky to connect them to the Internet.
“In IoT, the internet is like the highway, and connecting a device to the highway requires you to have a physical connection to the device,” says Osterheim.
Huawei has been working on IoT-enabled smart-home solutions since 2016, and the company is expanding its IoT IoT capabilities as well.
For example, the company recently launched the first Huawei-branded smart-spheres in the U.S., and it also announced partnerships with two major U.K. hardware makers, Canon and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
A new wave of IoT-connected home appliances is also coming to market, including the Samsung Sonnet, a smart-wall and security device that has been marketed as a replacement for the older Philips Hue lights.
While IoT devices and IoT-capable home appliances are becoming popular, they can be expensive to connect to the network.
Huawei’s IoT partners are also offering cheaper IoT solutions that can be used for other purposes.
For example, Huawei is offering a free Wi-Fi adapter to IoT-equipped devices, as well as a free device that connects to its Huawei-powered Sonnet smart-firewall appliance, Wertheim says.
Other IoT companies are also expanding their IoT partnerships.
HP is adding IoT security certificates to its Cloud Security product, and Dell is announcing IoT partnerships with Nest, Microsoft, Panasonic and more.
“Huawei is an innovator in the IoT market, and its new partnerships with Dell and Dell-branded IoT solutions are a powerful step forward,” says Doug Miller, executive director of the IoT Business Center at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
“These partnerships will allow IoT devices to be deployed across Dell and its partner partners, with a clear benefit to both customers and the IoT industry,” Miller adds.
Dell and Lenovo announced similar IoT partnerships at CES earlier this month.
Huawei also announced a partnership with Google on IoT, which will allow customers to connect their IoT devices directly to Google services.