Open Interconnect Consortium promotes standards for the Internet of Things
Samsung has partnered with a gang of fellow tech-industry leaders, including Intel, Dell, Broadcom, Atmel and Intel-subsidiary Wind River, to establish the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), a new effort to support interoperability standards for the Internet of Things.
The new organisation’s aim is to develop engineering standards and certification for electronic devices to communicate across any platform using devices from different companies. The group is planning its own open-source software which is due to come out around the third quarter of this year.
“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,” it said in a statement, reports ZDNet.
We have previously seen countless similar efforts to creating a standard that aims to become the de facto protocol such as ones lead by Linux Foundation and based on Qualcomm’s AllJoyn proposal, AllSeen Alliance , along with Industrial Internet Consortium also founded by Intel.
However, OIC released the following statement describing its differences from its rivals:
“Today, there are multiple forums driving different approaches to solve the challenge of IoT connectivity and interoperability. Currently, we don’t see one single effort that addresses all the necessary requirements.”
“The companies involved in OIC believe that secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity is a foundational capability to enable IoT. The companies also believe that a common, interoperable approach is essential, and that both a standard and open source implementation are the best route to enable scale.”
Founding members are said to be contributing software and engineering resources to help develop these protocol specifications which could eventually turn into a certification program. If the OIC wants to succeed, it will have to bulk up its partners to be comparable to Allseen Alliance’s fifty members which includes Microsoft, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, Qualcomm, Cisco, HTC, and many more industry giants.
Allseen Alliance has already got products on the market using its protocol, but it is still early in the process. Therefore, it is also possible that the two organisations could decide to partner as one body and collaborate in the future. Lets hope we can avoid a standards war and make the best possible solution for companies and end users alike.