Open Interconnect Consortium to define connectivity, interoperability for IoT

New consortium to deliver open source specification and certification program for wireless communications

Santa Clara, CA. Technology companies , , , , Samsung, and announced today the formation of the (), a non-profit industry working group focused on standardizing a framework for the (). Based on industry standard wireless technologies, the framework will initially target wirelessly and intelligent data management for smart home and office applications, with other use cases to come.

The OIC framework will be form factor, operating system (OS), and service provider agnostic, and leverage software and engineering resources from each member company for the initial protocol development, open source implementation, and establishment of a certification program. Encompassing a range of existing and emerging wireless connectivity standards will ensure the OIC specification aids in the creation of solutions that manage data exchange securely and reliably, even in the absence of an Internet connection.

“The rise and ultimate success of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information,” says Doug Fisher, Intel corporate Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services Group. “This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards. Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company’s solution.”

The first open source code from the OIC will target the smart home and business, with specifications that facilitate the remote control of appliances or enterprise devices using a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Vertical solutions for IoT deployments in , , and are also planned.

“The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation,” says Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Foundation. “We look forward to the OIC’s contribution in fostering an open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming online.”

For more information on the Oregon-based OIC, visit www.openinterconnect.org or email info@openinterconnect.org.