Indian IT major Tata Consultancy Services or TCS has joined the Open Connectivity Foundation or OCF, an association of internet of things players. The OCF, along with its members, formalise the standards of the internet of things. TCS joined the OCF along with 30 more members taking the total member count to 200.
“We’re very excited about the commitment from such prominent industry leaders to work with us to develop a common standard for the Internet of Things,” said Mike Richmond, executive director, Open Connectivity Foundation. “The addition of these new members brings in a breadth of experience and expertise that will further our ability to aid companies in delivering interoperable products to the public.”
Some other notable new members include Bose Corporation, Comcast, Fujitsu, Legrand, Sony Mobile, Spreadtrum Communications and Somfy.
Besides adding new members, the OCF also announced updated functionalities to its IoT specifications. The consortium is planning to have certified products in the market by end of this year.
OCF also announced updates to its specification, and available as standalone, reference implementation code, via the open source IoTivity project, which includes new functionality for developers. OCF plans to have certified products available on the market in 2016. Updates include security enhancements, added functionality to the smart home development package, as well as added support for new industries to develop with the specification.
“The updated specification builds on a previously released version as a result of OCF’s multiple Plugfests hosted earlier this year, which gave developers the opportunity to test and improve upon the code,” said Mike Richmond. “We’re continuing to hold these events throughout the rest of the year and will be continually updating the specification based on feedback from developers.”
The Open Connectivity Foundation, as an association of IoT members, is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project to make this possible. The industry body claims 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 specification.