Vodafone Joins prpl Foundation to Spur Open-Source Innovation in the Digital Home and Smart Gateways

Enrique Marti del Olmo, Vodafone Group’s Head of Fixed Devices, Connectivity & Security, appointed to the prpl Board of Directors

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – August 7, 2017 – The prpl Foundation, an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the smart society of the future, today announced Vodafone Group has joined the Foundation. As a leading multi-national telecommunications provider and Europe’s fastest-growing fixed broadband provider, Vodafone joins prpl with the intent to accelerate the harmonization of software platforms for in-home devices like routers in order to foster innovation in the digital home and smart gateways.

Furthering its commitment to the work of the prpl Foundation, Vodafone Group’s head of fixed devices, connectivity & security, Enrique Marti del Olmo, will join the prpl Board of Directors, prpl’s Carrier Interest Group and the prplWrt Working Group to help make routers more open, interoperable and secure.

“With the formation of our Carrier Interest Group last year, we set out to strengthen the ties between telecommunications carriers, major chipset vendors and key open-source developers such as those in the OpenWrt community,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “Vodafone’s engineers have been closely following the work of our Carrier Interest Group and prplWrt working group for many months, and now with Vodafone’s active participation and planned open-source contributions, we expect the pace of innovation to accelerate.”

“Vodafone endorses the important open-source and specification work of the prpl Foundation. Increasingly, we see open-source software and open standards as critical to the successful deployment of fixed broadband devices like routers and the next generation of in-home services. By working together with prpl’s industrial and community members to integrate carrier-grade features into open-source platforms and establish open APIs, we believe we can improve quality, increase security and streamline development of fixed broadband products for the digital home market,” said Mr. Marti del Olmo.

Notes from prplwrt Meeting July 20th

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Attendees:

Kathy Giori
Shelly Coen
Bruce Horowitz
Pedro Santos
Cesare Garlati
Sailesh Suman
Hauke Mehrtens
Art Swift
Emanuele Bovisio

Agenda

* reminder, Summit CFP is out — day 1: standard talks, day 2: workshops, development sprints, deep dive discussions, etc.
* feedback on draft of survey
* OpenWrt/LEDE – integration going well? anything prpl can offer to help?
* board farm – use to automatically test trunk and latest releases on a variety of platforms — need resources to execute

* training programs – anyone know of OpenWrt/LEDE training programs or workshops? should they be offered?

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prpl Foundation briefs German Defense Industry leaders as part of Annual Cyber Study tour

By Art Swift

President, prpl Foundation

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Last week, we had the privilege of meeting with a delegation from the German defense industry to share how prpl members are working to build security in to the future IoT from the silicon level up. I was joined at this briefing by Cesare Garlati, prpl’s chief security strategist, and Majid Bemanian, director of vertical markets for prpl platinum member, Imagination Technologies.

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