EU Project evolves into full Open Source Foundation. webinos connecting devices.

The EU funded webinos project has been successful in connecting devices using open web technologies.  It will achieve a major milestone cementing the strong industrial academic collaboration efforts on the 22nd of November 2013 where it launches the Foundation at the event Accelerating the Open Source IOT ecosystem. The event brings together thought leaders and practitioners who are passionate about Open source and IOT and, at this event, webinos will launch the foundation and demonstrate its technology using health devices, home automation devices, TV and automotive scenarios.  The project has been the subject of BBC Technology debate getting gadgets talking and its success with cars covered in Wired.

webinos and the launch of a Foundation

On 22nd November at Campus London the Foundation will be launched.  Webinos has been supported by an EU FP7 grant and co-funded by industry partners including Sony Samsung R&D Institute UK, BMW, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Deutche Telekom, DOCOMO, Fraunhofer and W3C among more than 30 partners. The Foundation will carry on the webinos project beyond its current funding horizon and to register to be part of this event go to

webinos Accelerating the IOT Ecosystem

webinos is all about secure, royalty free, non proprietary, Open source software for the Internet of Things. Of course, that does not exclude other software paradigms – which are a part of the ecosystem. The technology is available at  where the royalty free standards have been published, and full implementations are available under an Apache 2.0 license for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Node.js and webinos

Essentially, in webinos we embed an agent into a device that allows each device to not only browse the internet, but make it accessible on the internet. This access needs protecting, and we do this by making each device part of a user’s protected Personal Zone. A personal zone is a simple to understand conceptual umbrella, in which all devices reside; it is underpinned with clever distributed PKI technology. The embedded server element is based on node.js. When we connect devices secure mutual authenticated connections are created between devices, which allows then to connect both locally and remotely . Thus, webinos extends the traditional web runtime with a suite of APIs for discovery, messaging etc and blurs the traditional distinction between browser and server.

The analogy of an email server is applicable here. Like an email server, messages are stored in the ‘cloud’ but can be accessed by local devices. But webinos also adds distributed functionality i.e. services owned by one person can be shared with others (under policy limitations). In an IOT sense, that means a sensor owned by one user can be discovered and shared with another user.

These innovative technologies we believe will form the foundation of the next generation or browser and web application technologies; these are application technologies for a connected world.

About webinos

webinos has created an open source platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV), in-car devices and Internet of Things devices. All software is available under an Apache 2.0 licence. In summary webinos is:

  • Non-proprietary
  • Cross-device
  • Secure
  • Distributed
  • Privacy enabling:  users can control their devices and personal data.

webinos can be applied to many industries and applications and is initially focussed on four specific areas or gateways: TV, Automotive, Health and Home Automation Gateways.

Follow up information

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Contact for follow up : Nick Allott

21 November 2013
Last update: 
16 March 2016