Samsung, Intel, Dell, Broadcom and others join to form Internet of Things group
Technology industry leaders Samsung, Intel, Dell, Broadcom, Atmel Corp and Intel-owned Wind Rivers today announced their partnership to establish Open Interconnect Consortium, a group focused on growth of Internet of Things (IoT).
The concept of Internet of Things states how devices by different manufacturers communicate with each other. In this regard, the consortium established by the market leaders will help them in improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements to enable communication within their devices.
The consortium will focus on defining a common communications framework to make devices communicate using industry standard technologies and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of their form factor, operating system or service provider.
All the member companies in the consortium will provide software and engineering resources for the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation and a certification program. The first product from the members will be available later this year which would be based an open-source code.
The code will target the specific requirements of smart home and office solutions. However, specifications for automotive, healthcare and industrial sector are also expected to be unveiled thereafter.
As the aim of the consortium is to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices by 2020, which include PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors, additional companies like appliance and device manufacturers, service and solution providers and chipset manufacturers are also expected to join in the coming months.
Commenting on the establishment of Open Interconnect Consortium, Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, said:
“Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation. Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation.”
The new move by the market leaders from the technology world will bring a reform in the existing devices and will result in the introduction of several new connected devices in the global markets.