IBM have collaborated with chip maker ARM to create an enterprise focused IoT platform.
ARM are well known for providing mobile chips to iPhone devices, while Apple currently have an existing b2b partnership with IBM. The announcement could see Apple make use of the new partnership, following ambitions to expand its iOS presence in the enterprise market.
IBM currently have an IoT Foundation platform which it will expand to include ARM’s current mbed IoT Device Platform.
By unifying the two, ARM’s IoT enabled chips will be able to connect with IBM’s analytics services available on its Foundation platform.
This IoT connection will, according to IBM, allow data from appliances or wearables to be analysed and ‘acted upon’. According to Krisztian Flautner, General Manager, IoT Business, ARM, the collaboration will ‘empower companies’ to accelerate innovation and enhance operations.
He said: ‘Deploying IoT technology has to be easy, secure and scalable for it to feel like a natural extension of a company’s business. By collaborating with IBM, we will deliver the first unified chip-to-cloud, enterprise-class IoT platform. This will empower companies of any size with a productivity tool that can readily transform how they operate, and the services they can offer.’