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14 June 2016



Jim Zemlin spells out the Linux links to ‘The Infrastructure of Things’

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Jim Zemlin
Jim Zemlin advises a variety of startups, including Splashtop, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America, and the Chinese Open Source Promotion Union. He has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry, with writings in Bloomberg, Wired and other toptechnology journals. Before taking the helm at The Linux Foundation, Zemlin worked at startups in Silicon Valley, including Covalent and Corio.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, will take center stage at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 10:00 am as the keynote speaker for today’s theme: “The Infrastructure of Things.”

We’re thrilled Jim will be sharing his vision of how open source collaboration initiatives will drive the future of intelligent transportation,” said Regina Hopper, president and CEO of the ITS America.

“His world is where technology and transportation meet and his work represents what the new ITS America 2016 San Jose show is all about — bringing to one place the discussion and debate necessary to drive deployment of intelligent transportation systems that make integrated mobility a reality.”

'Linux is everywhere…' wrote Wired, 'It runs our phones, the web servers that underpin everything… even our cars…' 'What do Facebook, Amazon and Google have in common? They all run on Linux,' said an IBM Systems magazine cover story. From securing the Internet to running the world’s stock exchanges, mobile devices, and data centres, Linux’s work through open technologies represents the underpinning, or infrastructure, of the world in which we live.

“Open source software is connecting the world of things, both at the infrastructure level and the device level, and is helping to define the future of intelligent transportation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “ITS America is an exciting new event that will bring together the companies invested in this future and that are trying to understand how best to harness open source and collaborative development to accelerate this work. I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to engage in some of the most important discussions in this sector.”

Working with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung and Qualcomm, The Linux Foundation fosters a new world of transportation through varied efforts:

  • The Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP), an open source framework that will provide the software foundation to deliver essential services for civil infrastructure and economic development on a global scale. This work affects the lifelines of civiliSation—electrical power, oil and gas, water, health care, communication, and transportation.

  • An open source software framework, Automotive Grade Linux, that allows automakers, suppliers and developers to collaborate on connected car applications, accelerating time-to-market for consumers at a time when connected car technology faces numerous issues, including shifting safety standards, security concerns and long manufacturing cycles.

  • The White House announced its collaboration with The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) to better secure internet “utilities,” such as open-source software, protocols and standards pushing for a major impact on improving security best practices.

  • The Foundation also created new initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the technology industry and workforce, and extending technology education opportunities to the next generation of open source developers and system administrators.
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