Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel partners Chunghwa on development of IoT energy services

Iain Morris
August 26, 2014
Semiconductor giant Intel is reported to have formed a partnership with Taiwanese telecoms operator Chunghwa Telecom aimed at developing Internet of Things technologies for use in the home automation and energy management fields.

According to a report from The China Post, the two companies will also collaborate on the development of cloud computing and software-defined networking technologies.

The aim is to develop infrastructure for optimizing energy efficiency at cloud data centers, according to the report.

“Intel [Santa Clara, CA, USA] is delighted to expand collaboration spanning IoT, cloud and software-defined network with Chunghwa Telecom [Taipei, Taiwan] to realize the vision of (a) ‘Connected Society’ in Taiwan,” said Gordon Graylish, Intel's vice president of sales and marketing group and general manager of enterprise solution sales, according to the The China Post.

“We also look forward to supporting Taiwan becoming a global developer and manufacturer of IoT, cloud computing hardware as well as services, and software defined (networks),” he is said to have added.

Home automation and energy management have become key focus areas for technology companies hoping to profit from the IoT opportunity, with Apple, Google and Samsung all announcing ventures in this area in recent months.

Most notable was Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs (Palo Alto, CA USA), a maker of smart thermostats, in January this year.

Besides offering greater convenience to consumers, home automation technologies could help homeowners to reduce their usage of energy and cut down on related expenses.

Lighting systems, for example, could be programmed to automatically power down when residents leave the property or a particular room.

The agreement between Intel and Chunghwa is said to be the chipmaker’s first IoT collaboration in Asia with a telecoms service provider and its fifth IoT innovation project worldwide.

However, the two players have previously partnered on the development of cloud computing technologies, having signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010.

According to Hung Feng-yue, the president of Chunghwa’s Telecommunication Laboratories – as cited by The China Post – that collaboration has already allowed Chunghwa to reduce power consumption at its cloud servers by 5–15%.
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