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May 14, 2015

Citrix wants IoT to carry ‘integration of everything’

Company unveils IoT platform and hardware that carries workspaces around the office.


Citrix’s new IoT platform, dubbed Project Octoblu, has made its debut at Citrix Synergy 2015.

The Octoblu IoT platform is a combination of cloud-hosted software, hardware and a partnership with Amazon.

The cloud hosted software was built to manage M2M interfacing between devices, with built-in sensors and wireless connectivity.

The company said Octoblu allows users to create rule-based visual flow designs to control devices or app behaviour.

If, for instance, a calendar app notifies the system there is a meeting soon, Citrix’s GoToMeeting video conferencing app will switch on the room’s lights and dial the call automatically.

The hardware used in the Octoblu, the Workspace Hub, is a 3in device that enables a virtual desktop running on a mobile device to be mirrored to an external display.

It contains VGA and HDMI ports to connect to displays, as well as Wi-Fi and low energy Bluetooth chips.

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The Hub uses the company’s Receiver tool to automatically login to the customer’s XenApps and XenDesktop workspaces and connect to surrounding wireless devices.

The solution will disconnect automatically as it detects when the user has moved away.

Citrix added that the Workspace Hub helps employees carry their workspace around without the need to login into Receiver every time they move.

The enterprise has also partnered with Amazon to use its voice recognition and speaker systems.

Amazon’s Echo connects to Octoblu and the Workspace Hub enabling voice-control in automated workspaces.

Mark Templeton, CEO at Citrix said: "By using the power of IoT you can automate the workspace so that all the complexities get out of the way so that you can focus on the fast.

"So a doctor can focus on a patient and not login in and [think]: ‘what app do I need, what device do I need?’"

"From a technology perspective it its IoT, but the way we look at it, it’s purpose is the integration of everything."

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