Tech giants Intel, Dell, Samsung, Broadcom, Atmel, and Wind River have come together to set up a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is focused on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.
The new consortium will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices projected to come online by 2020 - from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.
Member companies will contribute software and engineering resources to the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation, and a certification programme, all with a view of accelerating the development of the IoT.
The OIC specification will encompass a range of connectivity solutions, utilising existing and emerging wireless standards and will be designed to be compatible with a variety of operating systems.
"The explosion of the Internet of Things is a transformation that will have a major impact on our power to do more through technology. Having a connectivity framework that is open, secure and manageable is critical to delivering the foundational elements of that transformation," said Glen Robson, vice president and CTO for Client Solutions at Dell. "Consumers and businesses alike will need a strong base upon which to build the vast array of solutions enabled by a global Internet of Things."
The first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of smart home and office solutions. Specifications for additional IoT opportunities including automotive, healthcare and industrial are expected to follow.
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Updated Date: Jul 08, 2014 15:34:57 IST