Open Garden’s FireChat Adds to the IoT

JELANI HARPER | March 1, 2016

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Kevin Fitchard of Gigaom recently posted that, “Thanks to the popularity of its FireChat hyperlocal messaging app, Open Garden’s networking software has been downloaded into more than 5 million mobile devices around the world. Open Garden believes it now has enough users out there to execute the next the stage of its plan: it wants to use all of these smartphone nodes to create a new network for the internet of things. This concept probably requires some explaining as it doesn’t fit into any of the other IoT networking schemes we’ve written about in the past. Unlike say your smart home, which uses a hub to aggregate a bunch of Zigbee or Wi-Fi connections, or a connected vehicle fleet, which taps into the cellular network, Open Garden’s IoT network would be created through millions of shared connections owned by you, me or anyone else with one of its apps on their smartphones, tablets or PCs.”

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