Intel is leading a consortium of technology leaders who aim to ensure the interoperability of the billions of devices projected to come online by 2020.These include devices ranging from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.
The Open Interconnect Consortium intends to deliver a specification, an open source implementation, and a certification program for wirelessly connecting devices.
The first open source code will target the specific requirements for smart home and office solutions, with more use case scenarios to follow:
* The consortium consists of Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River, focusing on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).
* 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.
* 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.
* Leaders from a broad range of industry vertical segments – from smart home and office solutions to automotive and more – will participate in the programme. This will help ensure that OIC specifications and open source implementations will help companies design products that intelligently, reliably and securely manage and exchange information under changing conditions, power and bandwidth, and even without an Internet connection.
* The first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of smart home and office solutions. For example, the specifications could make it simple to remotely control and receive notifications from smart home appliances or enterprise devices using securely provisioned smartphones, tablets or PCs.
* Possible consumer solutions include the ability to remotely control household systems to save money and conserve energy. In the enterprise, employees and visiting suppliers might securely collaborate while interacting with screens and other devices in a meeting room.
* “Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “We look forward to the OIC’s contribution in fostering an open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming online.”