• The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is 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 consists of technology industry leaders, such as Samsung Electronics, Atmel, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, Intel Corporation and Wind River.
Industry Leaders to Establish Open Interconnect Consortium to Advance Interoperability for Internet of Things
Samsung, Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel and Wind River join forces to drive seamless device-to-device connectivity
• New consortium will define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of 212B devices projected to come online by 2020; from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.
• The Open Interconnect Consortium is focused on delivering a specification, an open source implementation, and a certification program for wirelessly connecting devices.
• The first open source code will target the specific requirements for smart home and office solutions, with more use case scenarios to follow.
Technology industry leaders Samsung Electronics, Atmel, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, Intel Corporation and Wind River, have joined 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.
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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 will follow.
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. For more information, visit www.openinterconnect.org.