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Apr 8th, 2014
 
Sensor platforms and ARM introduce open source software to enable sensor hub implementations
 
Sensor Platforms, a leading provider of algorithmic sensor software for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, together with ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property supplier, announce the introduction of the world’s first open source software for sensor hub applications.
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The software, called Open Sensor Platform (OSP), will simplify the integration of sensors across multiple applications, and provide a flexible framework for more sophisticated interpretation and analysis of sensor data.

The integration of sensors into smartphones, wearables and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices is driving an exponential increase in the volumes of data created. Sensor Platforms is providing this embedded framework specifically for sensor data acquisition, communication, and interpretation. OSP has been designed for the ARM® architecture which is pervasive in sensor hub applications because of the low-power capabilities, simplicity of integration, and broad ecosystem.

Until now, the use of sensors and sensor hubs in mobile devices has been fragmented and ad hoc,” said Jim Steele, Vice President of Engineering, Sensor Platforms Inc.  "OSP encourages developers to focus on creating innovative applications for sensors rather than reinventing the wheel for each sensor interface.  It also enables OEMs to provide context-awareness to the Android HAL, which is important for the always-on demands of Android KitKat and Android Wear."

Contextual, sensing information is becoming more important as end devices for the Internet-of-Things rapidly proliferate,” said Charlene Marini, Vice President of Marketing, Embedded Segment, ARM. “As an open source platform for sensor fusion fundamentals, OSP will enable a community of developers to accelerate new functionality for ongoing innovation in sensor hubs across applications. As a result, we should see devices and applications that are more aware of their user and their environment, making technology more useful for all.”

OSP developers will also be able to take advantage of higher-level sensor interpretation such as that available through Sensor Platforms’ own FreeMotionTM Libraries that provide robust sensor fusion, always-on context awareness, and Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR).

OSP will be open sourced under Apache License, Version 2.0, and will actively manage and incorporate community contributions. The initial source code release, supporting documentation, and forum support will be available at GitHub.com on or before May 12th.

If you have any specific inquires on OSP please send requests to OSP@sensorplatforms.com.

More information about OSP is available in a technical White Paper at www.sensorplatforms.com/osp/.  More information on Sensor Platforms is at www.sensorplatforms.com/company/contact.

About Sensor Platforms Inc.
Sensor Platforms is a venture-financed company located in Silicon Valley that develops, for licensing, algorithmic software enabling consumer applications to better understand user contexts and intent.

The company’s FreeMotion™ Library makes sensor fusion and user context awareness available in smartphones and tablets, in order to: combine and process data from installed sensors and microprocessors; better interpret users’ movements and situations; and infer users’ intents.

The library makes it easy for device OEMs to purchase their sensors and microprocessors from multiple suppliers without damaging user experience. It also automatically optimizes sensor and platform power consumption based on user movement and contexts, to enable longer battery life.

To create the breadth of the FreeMotion library, the company has assembled a multi-disciplinary engineering team with proven track records in control systems, machine learning, mixed signal design, motion kinematics, real-time systems, semiconductor device physics, and signal processing.

The company is located at 2860 Zanker Road, #210, San Jose, CA 95134. For further information, visit www.sensorplatforms.com/company/contact.

About ARM
ARM is at the heart of the world’s most advanced digital products. Our technology enables the creation of new markets and transformation of industries and society. We design scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

Our innovative technology is licensed by ARM Partners who have shipped more than 50 billion Systems on Chip (SoCs) containing our intellectual property since the company began in 1990. Together with our Connected Community, we are breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and engineers, ensuring a fast, reliable route to market for leading electronics companies.  Learn more and join the conversation at http://community.arm.com.


 
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