Huawei (SHE:002502) is fashioning itself to be a major player in the growing internet of things (IoT) sector as the Asia market has proven to be a receptive market for the technology. At the 2015 Network Congress in Beijing, Huawei announced it’s latest product in its IoT lineup: a 10KB OS that will serve as the basic building blocks for future IoT devices.
Powered by Linux, the OS, called LiteOS, has the necessary code to enable auto-discovery and auto-networking. Customers would add in the code they need for their device to get it off the ground, as Huawei said that it will be open to all developers. The OS is compatible with Huawei’s microcontrollers and gateways.
But while Huawei is a big participant in the growing IoT ecosystem, it doesn’t plan to create it’s own Huawei-braded IoT devices. Instead, according to William Xu, Huawei’s head of strategy and marketing, Huawei will focus on only making sure that these devices can connect.
Even though Huawei isn’t building IoT devices per se, it is still heavily invested in the market. By its own accounts Huawei says that there will be 100 billion IoT devices in the world by 2025 and more then 2 million sensors being connected per hour. Clearly this is big business for the company.