The Linux Foundation announced a major new Internet of Things (IoT) project on April 24 at the Hannover Messe in Germany. In partnership with Dell and several other companies that include Neustar, the project’s goal is to build a common IoT framework, allowing for secure IoT solutions that can easily be scaled. Neustar is one of the 40 companies named as a Founding Member in the collaborative effort called the EdgeX Foundry.

With Gartner projecting there to be 20.4 billion devices connected globally to the Internet by 2020, there’s an acute need for an efficient, secure network for IoT devices. By starting EdgeX Foundry, companies will be able to deploy devices using a robust platform that uses open-sourced edge software and supported by some of the best developers in the IoT community.

“Success in Internet of Things is dependent on having a healthy ecosystem that can deliver interoperability and drive digital transformation,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “EdgeX Foundry is aligning market leaders around a common framework, which will drive IoT adoption and enable businesses to focus on developing innovative use cases that impact the bottom line.”

To help seed the project, Dell is contributing its Project FUSE source code under Apache 2.0. Project FUSE was started back in July 2015 and consists of over 125,000 lines of code and more than a dozen microservices.

We’re excited to be working alongside both the Linux Foundation and Dell on this important project to implement secure interoperability standards for IoT. With large IoT deployments, there are unique security challenges in terms of scale and resilience, and we’ll be lending our expertise in this area to ensure a seamless transition.

This represents our 2nd big collaborative effort this year in IoT. In January, we announced an open-source technology partnership with HortonWorks. We extended our OneID identity management system with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF), enabling the development of new industry-leading identity management and security solutions for IoT devices.