The company will no make any direct investment in WebThings. The transition will also help in stabilising WebThings gateways around the world. The tech firm has taken this decision shortly after the major restructuring. The company is trying to make major changes to refine its services lineup.
WebThings is an IoT platform that allows you to manage smart home devices using a secure web gateway. The platform allows users to connect and control devices like a connected camera or smart lights. It is Mozilla’s own implementation of ‘Web of Things’.
Mozilla wants position WebThings as an open-source and independent implementation of the program. The company will provide WebThings gateway and framework with ThingsUI.
It is also working on a decentralised and open IoT framework based on W3C standards. This enables software and services to communicate with each other.
The name of the project will also change from ‘Mozilla WebThings’ to ‘WebThings’. The users who are currently accessing their smart home devices using Mozilla’s service will now get transitioned to a new service.
Mozilla is planning to create an accessibility service through the new domain name – webthings.io. It has also suspended its own IoT products.
This announcement is in line with broader restructuring at various levels in Mozilla. There are tons of other open-source IoT standards. A dozen of companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook are working on open IoT projects.