Early innovators of IoT products and solutions like Qualcomm, Cisco and CableLabs have formed a foundation to bring clarity and standards to the world of Internet of Things or IoT. The body called Open Connectivity Foundation or OCF will help unify IoT standards so that companies and developers can create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together.
The founding members of OCF include Cisco, Arris, Qualcomm, CableLabs, Electrolux, GE Digital, Intel, Samsung and Microsoft.
“The OCF will work towards unlocking the massive opportunity of the future global IoT segment, accelerate industry innovation and help all developers and companies create solutions that map to a single, open IoT interoperability specification,” the foundation said in a statement.
Ultimately, with OCF specifications, protocols and open source projects, a wide-range of consumer, enterprise and embedded devices and sensors from a variety of manufacturers, can securely and seamlessly interact with one another.
The OCF unifies the entirety of the former Open Interconnect Consortium with leading companies at all levels – silicon, software, platform, and finished-goods – dedicated to providing this key interoperability element of an IoT solution.
The OCF’s vision for IoT is that billions of connected devices (appliances, phones, computers, industrial equipment) will communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or transport. With the OCF fulfilling this promise, anyone – from a large technology company to a maker in their garage – can adopt the open standards of OCF to innovate and compete, helping ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry.