For the consumer, an AllJoyn-compatible app to control AllJoyn devices within the home can now work exactly the same way from anywhere else, the Alliance says. An automatic Internet connection to the device maker, with no complicated network configuration, could make first-time setup smooth and easy. For privacy and security, the Gateway Agent also allows for granular control of which devices send data to the Internet and which don't, DesAutels said.
For IoT vendors, it will be easier to update firmware over the air, send offers to owners, and gather information about a device for use during support calls. A potential cost-saving benefit could be the ability to sell the same product all over the world and then complete its configuration with the correct regional software based on where each individual device calls in from.
A series of APIs for implementing the Gateway Agent is freely available immediately to Alliance members and non-members, DesAutels said. The group now includes the technology in its product certification program.
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