Having been early to the mobile revolution, Joe Britt has now turned his focus to the Internet of Things.
Today, Britt took the wraps of his new startup, Afero, which claims to enhance connections between smart objects and improve security. Britt is best known as the cofounder of Danger, (which was bought by Microsoft), where he was later engineering director for Android.
Britt is joined by a handful of former employees from Apple and Nest.
“We firmly believe that 2016 will be the year that begins to connect the world – not just the home,” said Britt in a press release. “Bringing new intelligence to products and services that reach billions of people will change lives in ways we can’t yet imagine. But it will take a sophisticated, comprehensive, and secure platform to allow us to get to that point safely. That’s what we created with Afero.”
The company’s platform integrates hardware, software, and cloud-based services like data analytics. Afero already has a handful of partners, including Qualcomm and Infocom. The company says its end-to-end encryption should tighten up security for a market of products that have been notoriously easy for hackers to crack.
Afero also offers a Bluetooth module developers can add to their products that will allow them to communicate and transmit data over networks. The company hopes this will lower upfront costs for developers and supercharge creation of more connected devices.