Major tech brands come together outside Qualcomm’s AllSeen group.
Interoperability standards for the billions of Internet of Things devices have brought togehter tech majors Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung, Atmel, and Intel-subsidiary Wind River in the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC).
Initial standards proposals will target dealing with smart home and office devices but the new consortium ultimately intends to have its solution used in ‘multiple vertical markets’.
The Internet of Things (IoT) consortium intends to deliver a specification, an open source implementation and a certification program for wirelessly connecting devices.
The consortium will rival the Qualcomm-supported AllSeen Alliance. OIC is targeted at defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently deal with the information flow among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, irrespective of form factor, OS or internet service provider.
The Qualcomm-led AllSeen Alliance is based on the chipmaker’s AllJoyn project, and comprises Microsoft, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, Cisco, Fon, and HTC among its member list.
Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president and Software and Services Group general manager said that the rise and ultimate success of the IoT depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information.
"This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standard," Fisher added.
"Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company’s solution."
Samsung Electronics executive vice president and Software R&D Center head Jong-deok Choi said: "In the Internet of Things era, everything – from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors – should effortlessly connect and communicate with each other, regardless of who makes the device."
Members of the consortium will chip in software and engineering resources to develop a protocol specification, open source implementation, and a certification program, which will mainly be aimed at speed up the development of the IoT.
Making use of existing and emerging wireless standards, the OIC specification will include a range of connectivity solutions, which will be compatible with a variety of operating systems.
Dell vice president and CTO for Client Solutions Glen Robson said that the explosion of the IoT is a transformation that will have a major impact on our power to do more through technology.
"Having a connectivity framework that is open, secure and manageable is critical to delivering the foundational elements of that transformation," Robson added.
"Consumers and businesses alike will need a strong base upon which to build the vast array of solutions enabled by a global Internet of Things."