Industry Leaders Open Interconnect Consortium to Advance IoT.


Industry Leaders Open Interconnect Consortium to Advance IoT.

Technology industry leaders Atmel  CorporationBroadcom  CorporationDell,  Intel  CorporationSamsung  Electronics Co., Ltd., and Wind  River, are joining forces to establish 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.


Member companies will contribute software and engineering resources to  the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation,  and a certification program, all with a view of accelerating the  development of the IoT. The OIC specification will encompass a range of  connectivity solutions, utilizing existing and emerging wireless  standards and will be designed to be compatible with a variety of  operating systems.

Leaders from a broad range of industry vertical segments – from smart  home and office solutions to automotive and more – will participate in  the program. This will help ensure that OIC specifications and open  source implementations will help companies design products that  intelligently, reliably and securely manage and exchange information  under changing conditions, power and bandwidth, and even without an  Internet connection.


The first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of  smart home and office solutions. For example, the specifications could  make it simple to remotely control and receive notifications from smart  home appliances or enterprise devices using securely provisioned  smartphones, tablets or PCs. Possible consumer solutions include the  ability to remotely control household systems to save money and conserve  energy. In the enterprise, employees and visiting suppliers might  securely collaborate while interacting with screens and other devices in  a meeting room. Specifications for additional IoT opportunities  including automotive, healthcare and industrial are expected to follow.

“Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open  Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps  to fuel innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux  Foundation. “We look forward to the OIC’s contribution in fostering an  open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming  online.”

Additional member companies including other leading appliance and device  manufacturers, service and solution providers, chipset manufacturers and  more are expected to join OIC in the coming months.

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