A significant step toward seamless connectivity

This is truly a groundbreaking day, as industry leaders specifying software protocols for the Internet of Things announced they will spearhead this effort together as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).

This standards effort lead by Arris, CableLabs, Cisco, Electrolux, GE Digital, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Samsung, is an unprecedented cross-industry collaboration that aims to unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open standard.

With tens of billions of consumer, enterprise and embedded devices expected to connect in the coming years, the need for devices to detect and communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or transport has never been greater. The promise of IoT is that everything from appliances, phones, computers and home systems to medical, transportation, smart infrastructure, and more interacts seamlessly. The OCF is uniquely positioned to enable this interconnectivity.

Representing a significant cross-industry collaboration, OCF is the only organization comprised of technology suppliers at all levels (product, software, platform and silicon) dedicated to providing this key element of an IoT solution. By allowing providers to build on a single, open standard, OCF will drive secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry, which is key to unlocking the massive opportunity, accelerating industry innovation, speeding product development and spurring adoption.

I am thrilled we are taking this important step, with the organizations recognizing the challenge is too important to continue down different paths. Working separately, we would have spent valuable time building consensus—now, we can go forward much faster.

This move also reflects the best of open source methodology: collaboration to solve shared challenges and technologists free to make the right decisions. Clearly there is much work to do, but today, let’s celebrate this significant step toward seamless connectivity.

Imad Sousou

About Imad Sousou

Imad Sousou is vice president in the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, a position he's held since its founding in 2003. Sousou is responsible for Intel's efforts in open source software across a wide range of technologies and market segments, including enterprise Linux and related technologies such as virtualization, data center, and cloud software; embedded market segments; and client Linux programs. The Center also focuses on operating system (OS) stacks, including Android and Chrome OS for Intel architecture and Yocto, in addition to Linux kernel and related projects, user experience, and Web and HTML5 technologies on top of client operating systems. He sits on the board of directors at the OpenStack Foundation and is on the advisory board for the Core Infrastructure Initiative at The Linux Foundation. Sousou joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he was director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group. He began his career as a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS. Sousou holds a bachelor degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.

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