INTEL, SAMSUNG AND DELL have teamed up with other industry leading technology companies to promote Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability, creating the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC).
The consortium, which also includes Atmel, Broadcom and Wind River, aims to develop a common, open source approach for systems and organisations that produce IoT devices.
"The 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 OIC said in a statement.
The companies involved will contribute software and engineering resources to the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation, and a certification program, all with a view to accelerating the development of the IoT. The OIC specification will ultimately involve a range of connectivity solutions for existing and emerging wireless standards that will also be designed to be compatible with a variety of operating systems.
In a blog post, group member Samsung said that the consortium will "define connectivity requirements" to ensure "the interoperability of 212 billion devices projected to come online by 2020".
The OIC's first open source code will target the specific requirements for smart home and office solutions, Samsung said, adding that solutions envisioned will include capabilities 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 will follow," Samsung's blog added.
Intel VP and GM of the Software and Services group Doug Fisher said in a community blog post that its goal in founding the OIC is to solve "the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company's solution".
"The rise of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information," Fisher said. "This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards." µ