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IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and TRON Forum Sign Agreement to Advance IoT Development and Interoperability

Agreement transfers the leading real-time operating system (OS) title for 16- and 32-bit microprocessors deployed throughout the IoT ecosystem to IEEE

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PISCATAWAY, NJ, 10 November 2017 – IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the signing of an agreement with the TRON Forum, a forum that supports a development project called TRON Project that addresses real-time architecture for embedded systems. The agreement transfers ownership of the TRON µT-Kernel 2.0 to IEEE-SA and provides a license to TRON Forum for use of the intellectual property. The signing of this agreement is anticipated to greatly expand development and global utilization of the specification already sourced by more than 12,000 licensed IoT manufacturers and others worldwide. 

“In our ongoing efforts to foster openness and the broad utilization of globally-recognized technical standards, the IEEE-SA continues to seek collaborative agreements that help advance technology for humanity,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE-SA. “This agreement with the TRON Forum will pave the way for development of new standards in line with the goal of both our organizations to promote open innovation frameworks. We look forward to our continued work and cooperation.”

The TRON Project is a project launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura, now dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design(INIAD) at Toyo University. The Project aims to build an open architecture for embedded systems. Rather than imposing a closed ecosystem of hardware and software requirements, its founders have defined a set of interfaces that ensure broad interoperability between the various devices supplied by different vendors.

“As part of our efforts to share Japanese technology more broadly on the global stage, the agreement with IEEE-SA represents a milestone achievement in furthering the utilization of the µT-Kernel 2.0 specification for IoT applications around the world,” said Prof. Sakamura, the founder of TRON Project. “We look forward to an ongoing collaboration with IEEE-SA as we pursue a shared goal to bring benefit to industry and humankind through standardization development based on openness, best practices and assured interoperability for emergent technologies.”

The agreement signed by IEEE and TRON Forum allows the two parties to jointly develop IEEE standards based on the TRON Forum specification.

“The agreement signed with TRON Forum demonstrates how IEEE-SA is engaged in new models to accelerate standards development and streamline global distribution to meet the needs of rapidly developing technologies where time to market is imperative,” said Stephen Dukes, Standards Committee, vice chair, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. “Placing the µT-Kernel 2.0 under the auspices of the IEEE-SA will make the technology more broadly available for companies and groups looking to an open architecture for developing standards, effectively helping to drive the development of the IoT market through cost reduction and enabling mass deployment."

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The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,200 active standards and over 650 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE 
IEEE is the largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

About TRON Forum 
TRON Forum (Location: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Chair: Ken Sakamura, Dean, Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD), Toyo University) has been established in 2002 to promote TRON Project which aims to establish an Open IoT environment that is free of proprietary restrictions by using open source, open data and Open API. The forum has conducted activities focusing on T-Engine Project that aims to improve the development environment of embedded systems and operating Ubiquitous ID Center which promotes and disseminates ubiquitous ID architecture and its component technologies such as ucode. Learn more at

About TRON Project 
TRON Project was launched in 1984, prior to the establishment of TRON Forum under the leadership of Ken Sakamura. TRON Project has been promoting the standardization of the development environment of real-time OS and embedded systems with an aim to achieve a ubiquitous computing environment that supports our lives by embedding computers based on open architecture in all machines around us.


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