A GROUP of 40 technology firms have developed an Internet of Things (IoT) specification called Hypercat to spur the growth of internet-connected devices in the UK.
The firms, which includes Intel, ARM, IBM and BT, announced the Hypercat IoT specification on Thursday, a project that has seen funding of £6.4m from the government's Technology Strategy Board.
The group said that it hopes Hypercat can encourage an open standards based IoT that will enable sensors and devices to share information more easily and reduce the need for human intervention.
Unlike Google's recent opening of Nest's APIs which means developers will be able to write code to allow for interaction between IoT devices, Hypercat will let applications search for data from connected devices across multiple data hubs and make sense of it without human involvement.
The group explained, "For example, if an application only understands temperature measurements, HyperCat provide a means to search for and discover this type of data - buried amongst other data that the application may not understand."
The 40 companies involved in the development have been split into eight groups, with each focusing on a different area of the internet-connected devices market including education, transport and smart cities.
ARM IoT research entrepreneur Amyas Philips said, "We are using Hypercat at our Cambridge headquarters to share data such as office occupancy, energy use and even car park lighting between different applications.
"By linking our infrastructure in real-time we are reducing our energy costs and generating other information including external temperature data that others can use. This is a research project but it has proven tangible benefits that consumers and Enterprises can gain from a more connected world."
Of course, Hypercat's success will depend on whether the wider IT industry wants to go along with it, but it is thought that Google and Apple have not been approached yet.
This launch of Hypercat comes after Intel announced the launch of its first UK-based Internet of Things Ignition Lab, which it hopes will spur innovators to collaborate with it on end-to-end IoT solutions. The firm also held a live chat with The INQUIRER surrounding IoT on Thursday, which you can catch up on here. µ