Though IoT is the new new tech jargon, the first version of it has been around for some time (home/industrial automation, as it used to be called). Till date, there are no clear standards or specifications around IoT (Internet of Things) and tech companies like Intel, Dell, Samsung, Atmel Corp, Wind River and Broadcom have formed an alliance to create an industry standard for IoT, which will drive seamless device-to-device connectivity.
The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is focused on defining 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.
Key Highlights of OIC
– This Open Source implementation will be designed to enable application developers and device manufacturers to deliver interoperable products across Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Tizen, and more.
– 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 the IoT.
– The OIC specification will encompass a range of connectivity solutions, utilizing existing and emerging wireless standards and will be designed to be compatible with a variety of operating systems.
As far as the framework is concerned, it is being developed to enable a sense of proximity for the Internet of Things and Wearable devices and include support for Onboarding and Provisioning.
- The framework must enable multiple new modes of communication, such as Peer-to-Peer, Mesh & Bridging, Reporting & Control, etc.
- The framework should include a consistent implementation of identity, authentication and security across the modes of User ID, Enterprise / Industrial ID & Credentials.
- The framework must support a “building block” architecture and provide an Open Source implementation.
- The framework will support range of wireless technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and NFC.
IoT : A Big Deal?
IDC expects the installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020. This is expected to include 30.1 billion installed “connected (autonomous) things” in 2020!
– Recommended Read : Challenges Indian IoT Startups Are Facing.
For an IoT primer, watch this video