Huawei, manufacturer of mobile devices and solutions, introduced their Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution at its Huawei Network Congress 2015 last week in Beijing China. The Agile IoT solution is comprised of three components – the Agile IoT gateway, Agile Controller, and LiteOS which is the operating system behind the solution.
“Huawei believes that standardizing ICT infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including IoT applications. To address this, Huawei is launching our IoT OS, LiteOS,” said Mr. William Xu, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Huawei, at the Congress.
Huawei describes LiteOS as “the world’s most lightweight IoT OS,” and it boasts a filesize of only 10KB, supports zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking. Huawei’s plans are to use LiteOS and the Agile IoT solution in a variety of areas including connected vehicles, wearables, and smart homes and indicated that LiteOS will be open sourced to all developers, allowing them to develop their own IoT products quickly.
“We have developed a series of IoT solutions that have already been applied to buildings, electricity meters, vehicles, gymnasiums, factories, retail outlets, and street lights. In line with our approach to provide BDII, Huawei will continue to work with more partners to launch solutions based on our Agile Network architecture for different vertical industries,” said Liu Shaowei, President, Switch and Enterprise Communication Product Line, Huawei.
However, LiteOS already exists as “an open source, interactive, UNIX-like operating system designed for wireless sensor networks” and the developers have added a comment to their website with regards to Huawei’s LiteOS.
Disclaimer (05/21/2015): The LiteOS is an open source operating system for embedded systems and sensor networks, whose development started in 2007. Recently we read in the news that the Telecom company Huawei developed an embedded operating system also named as LiteOS. We are not sure whether the same name indicates they are based on our design or not, and whether they reused our code.
Whether Huawei used code from the existing LiteOS or this is simply a case of a similar product with the same name remains to be seen, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this and update you once we find out more. Do you think this is a case of code reuse or a simple naming issue with Huawei’s IoT operating system? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.