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Samsung, Intel, Dell team on Internet of Things connectivity standards

2014-07-08 09:10 by
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A group of tech-industry giants including Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled a new nonprofit group called the Open Interconnect Consortium, or OIC, with the mission to develop standards and certification for devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT). Like other open-source projects, the member companies pledge to donate intellectual property, or IP, that all members and others can work on and use.

The term Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a concept in which electronic devices and everyday objects - such as refrigerators, thermostats, or light bulbs - are connected to the Internet and each other through different technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The effort will join others, such as the All Seen Alliance, the Industrial Internet Consortium - IIC (which also has Intel as a founding member) and smaller protocols such as MQTT and XMP as ways to help devices communicate and share information

The IIC is working to suggest blueprints for how to build IoT systems in industrial contexts and will seek to influence standards efforts as opposed to set its own. It also will focus solely on the industrial use cases, while the OIC is paying most attention to the smart home and office at first. At this point, we'll have to wait and see how developers view the OIC.

"We'd like to quickly get the key industry players to structure the standards properly" for devices to interoperate, said Imad N. Sousou, general manager of Intel's open-source technology center. Products using the Open Interconnect standard will most likely come out in 2015, he said.

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