Samsung and Intel team-up for consumer IoT specification

For the Internet of Things to truly take-off, the industry needs to come together and create a standard for communication between compatible hardware and software. There are already several consortiums with the support of major heavyweights; such as the 'AllSeen Alliance'.

The AllSeen Alliance is backed by LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK, and Haier. In an interview TelecomsTech conducted with Paul Davison from MLL Telecoms, Davison highlighted that the current danger with IoT is "how do we get it into one central place so people can do interesting mash-ups and work out ways to use it so it benefits everybody?"

Samsung and Intel have teamed-up to create a new alliance, the Open Interconnect Consortium. The focus of the new partnership is to create a new industry standard for device-to-device connectivity and will be promoting the IoT for consumer and enterprise usages. Intel itself is in another consortium called the Industrial Internet Consortium which addresses the architecture and data requirements for large connected machines - such as those produced by General Electric.

Participating companies in the OIC will develop a certification program with whatever new IoT protocol spec comes to fruition from the partnership. In the future, an OIC label on your shiny new connected device's packaging could let you know it will work with your current home system and provide seamless interconnectivity between other devices.

Other technology leaders signed up to the OIC include; Atmel, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, and Wind River. In today's release, Samsung writes that 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 specification won't be tied to any single operating system and will be compatible with a variety of operating systems. Industry-observers will be watching Cupertino-based giant Apple with interest to see whether they join a wider consortium or push their own standard compatible with only the iOS/Mac ecosystem – such as AirPlay.

Is the OIC a good idea or should Samsung and Intel contribute to an existing IoT alliance? Let us know in the comments.

To learn more about the Internet of Things visit IoT Tech Expo Europe in London's Olympia, 2-3 December, 2015. 

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