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The hyper-connected cloud is another step closer thanks to the development of a web-based operating system that connects devices.

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In the world of the Internet of Things, approximately 50 billion devices are expected to be connected via the Internet by the year 2020. It is anticipated that consumers will be able to connect their smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to it — purely for entertainment, or even for obtaining information or collecting and analyzing data. Fujitsu is working on the creation of this hyper-connected cloud, which is aimed at supporting people’s private and professional life in a variety of ways. Technology that can link people and their smart devices to a wide range of equipment is an important part of these efforts.

High Development Costs
There is still a problem, specifically relating to the connection of equipment, as a variety of dedicated apps and drivers are required in order to connect a smartphone to other devices. In addition to this, different versions have to be developed for each operating system, from Windows to Android and iOS. This imposes considerable costs on service providers and device manufacturers because they have to continually (further) develop and update their software. At the same time, users have to perform cumbersome procedures to connect their equipment, such as changing network settings, searching for devices, and downloading and installing applications.

A new technology, developed by Fujitsu, allows web applications written in HTML5 to run on smart devices for operating other equipment. This is a web-based operating system that automatically connects smartphones to peripherals and that enables integrated use with cloud services, regardless of the operating system of the smartphone or tablet. This makes it possible for service providers and device manufacturers to develop applications and drivers that are not linked to a specific platform. As a result, users can connect equipment to their mobile smart devices quickly and smoothly. The developers from Fujitsu promise that, over the next year, the technology will make its way into practical market applications.

Practical Applications
In short, laborious procedures for connecting equipment and high development costs are a thing of the past with the web-based operating system from Fujitsu. All equipment is plug & play, and the same system can be used with a wide variety of different devices. A number of different applications are already conceivable; for example, carers being able to remotely read sensors in smart homes where care-dependent older people live. It could also be easy to establish a connection with displays in the rear seat of a taxi, or to gain access to a navigation system. In tourist hotspots, smart devices could be connected with a variety of equipment as well as screens and speakers in hotel rooms.

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