To Protect Its IoT Investment LIXIL Group Joins The Open Invention Network Community

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Embedded Linux is the platform-of-choice for the vast majority of IoT implementations across a spectrum of most industries. IDC predicts that by 2025 there will be 55.7 Billion connected devices worldwide, 75% of which will be connected to an IoT platform. The pace of IoT integration into homebuilding solutions continues to increase. In order to mitigate the risk of patent aggression in core IoT platform functionality, numerous businesses have joined the Open Invention Network, the largest patent non-aggression community in history.

LIXIL Group Corporation has become a licensee and joined more than 3,300 other Open Invention Network community members to promote open source innovation. LIXIL is a leading maker of pioneering water and housing products, under such brand names as American Standard, GROHE, INAX and TOSTEM, that are becoming increasingly smart. By joining Open Invention Network, LIXIL is demonstrating its commitment to open source, especially embedded Linux, as it integrates IoT capabilities into its solutions.

“Open source technologies, especially Embedded Linux, have enabled the rapid development and deployment of intelligent products that can be found throughout the infrastructure of homes,” said Yugo Kanazawa, Chief Digital Officer at LIXIL. “LIXIL’s participation in the OIN community shows our consistent commitment to open source innovation. We will continue to support shared innovation in open source and Linux.”

“The rapid adoption of IoT and digital technologies continue unabated. The proliferation of intelligence, propagated by the integration of open source, is enabling smarter kinds of water and housing products and services. LIXIL recognizes the benefits of leveraging Linux and open source, enabling it to enhance its offerings,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We are pleased LIXIL has joined our community and committed to patent non-aggression in Linux and adjacent open source technologies.”