Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born

In the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Several major companies -- including Samsung, Intel and Dell -- have just formed a consortium to help ensure each thing can understand what the others are saying. But that consortium's standards will face competition from at least two other organizations formed to ensure the same thing.

Called the Open Interconnect Consortium, the new organization is seeking to define connectivity requirements for billions of devices that are expected to be interconnected by 2020. The requirements are expected to cover a wide range of devices without regard for their form factor, operating system or service provider. Other corporate members include Atmel, Broadcom and Wild River, and companies are expected to contribute software and engineering resources.

The intended deliverables are a specification, an open-source implementation, and a certification program for wireless interconnection standards. The first target is a set of requirements for smart home and office solutions.

'Reliably Interconnect and Share'

As an example, the consortium said the specs would simplify the ability to remotely control and receive notifications from smart home appliances or enterprise prices to smartphones, tablets or PCs. Household energy systems could be remotely controlled using a single spec, and business uses might include device collaborations between employees and outside vendors during a meeting in a conference room.

Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president, said in a statement accompanying the announcement that the "ultimate success of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information," which requires common frameworks and open standards.

"Our goal," he added, "in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity to the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company's solution."

But the effort to create one...

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