GizWits, a leading Chinese Internet-of-Things solution provider, has launched a new version of its IoT software development platform last week, becoming the first IoT cloud platform in the world to incorporate fog computing.

The idea “fog computing” was coined by Cisco back in 2014, referring to a decentralized architectural pattern that brings computing resources and application services closer to the edge. Adoption has been slow, partly due to the fact that networking equipment makers such as Cisco lack the ability to define and control the terminal units through routers and switches. The most difficult part in fog computing, managing the large-scale computing process and storage across millions of geographically dispersed units in real-time, is yet to be solved.

As a full-stack IoT cloud platform with full abilities in managing the IoT units, communication modules, gateway nodes as well as the cloud, GizWits 4.0 is now bringing fog computing into reality.

Edge Computing Engine, one of the four distinctive products launched in this new version, is able to update and load “micro applications” in edge nodes through cloud platform. It can process massive amounts of data in real-time, implement algorithms and connect different kinds of devices from different brands.

This Edge Computing Engine, along with the other three products launched in this new version, Giga Machine Learning, Dynamic Data Director and Real Time Big Data, enable the software developers on the GizWits platform to take advantage of fog computing, big data and machine learning all in one place. It will help improve efficiency in the development process, as well as to reduce the difficulty level of deploying and managing products or services on the GizWits platform.

Combing cloud computing and fog computing, GizWits hopes to leapfrog the rest of the industry and provide faster, more intelligent and more secure IoT services.

GizWits started its exploration in the world of IoT since 2009 and the GizWits platform has been up and running for over 3 years.

As of September 2016, the company claims that there are over 50,000 developers and 6 million devices on the GizWits platform.

It is now the largest IoT software developing platform in the Asia-Pacific region and has over 800 clients around the world. GizWits’ partner list includes Apple, Intel, Qualcomm, Daimler, WeChat, Arduino, State Grid Corporation of China, Midea, A.O. Smith, and 3M.

GizWits Inc. was named one of the top 50 IoT startups by Forbes and one of the 50 most innovative companies in China by Fast Company in 2015.

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