Big Names line up on the Internet of Thongs

Internet of thingsThe big names in the industry are banding together to form the Open Connectivity Foundation or OCF to set standards for IoT devices.

The names include ARRIS, CableLabs, Cisco, Electrolux, GE Digital, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Samsung, which have agreed to work closely with one another to set rules and specifications to guarantee a singular advancement in the field.

“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,” OCF says.

So far the companies who have signed up have been working on IoT. Samsung has come up with shedloads of ideas and Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Azure appear to be showing how it is done.

Terry Myerson, executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft said: “We have helped lead the formation of the OCF because we believe deeply in its vision and the potential an open standard can deliver. Despite the opportunity and promise of IoT to connect devices in the home or in businesses, competition between various open standards and closed company protocols have slowed adoption and innovation.”