Here’s something that might surprise you: Many people assume that the connectivity challenges for the Internet of Things have already been solved. In fact, many obstacles remain, which is why Intel has teamed with Samsung, Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, and Wind River to establish the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), a group focused on ensuring that the billions of IoT devices coming online can connect and interoperate.
This isn’t the first group of its kind—the Industrial Internet Consortium, for example, was formed by GE, Intel, Cisco, AT&T, and IBM to define and address the end-to-end architecture and data needs of the industrial Internet, and you might also be familiar with the AllSeen Alliance and AllJoyn. But no other group specifically addresses the needs for connectivity in the way the OIC will.
The OIC is distinguished by its specific focus: To define 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.
Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Software and Services Group, notes that only through common frameworks based on truly open industry standards can we accomplish the goal of secure, reliable interconnection and shared information in IoT. Equally important is that we don’t tie the ecosystem to one company’s solution. Indeed, Barry Mainz, president of Wind River, believes that the Internet of Things requires a “robust ecosystem and a defined set of standards to realize its full potential.”
Within the OIC, 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 IoT. The OIC specification will encompass a range of connectivity solutions using existing and emerging wireless standards, and it will be designed to be compatible with a variety of operating systems. The open source implementation will enable application developers and OEMs to deliver interoperable products across Android*, iOS*, Windows*, Linux*, Tizen*, and other real-time operating systems.
The proven way to drive participation and adoption of a solution, and the fastest path to market, requires both an industry standard specification as well as an open source implementation. The Open Interconnect Consortium is taking the lead. To learn more about the OIC’s objectives, how organizations may join, and more, visit the OIC site. And to stay in the loop about IDF14 and IoT, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.