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Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation

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There are so many variations of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that standards are necessary if IoT endpoints are to work with multiple network types and interoperate with different vendors’ devices and network services. One organization, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), has made it its job to provide the means for IoT devices and legacy systems to interoperate with one another, to create a seamless user experience.

History of the OCF

Created by merging the Open Interconnect Consortium, AllJoyn, and UpnP, OCF is led by a guiding principle that IoT will only happen if devices can effectively and securely communicate with each other, said Olivier Carmona, board member, Open Connectivity Foundation (OPC), and director business development, Awox. Among the organization's primary goals include providing connection mechanisms between devices, between devices and the cloud, and managing the flow of information among devices, regardless of form, operating system, service provider, or transport.

Currently, the organization has 400 members who develop global standards for the IoT and includes the smart home, smart building, automotive, healthcare, and other industry verticals, said Carmona.

Where Are OCF and Standards Today?

To learn more about the state of IoT standards and the OCF’s efforts, I recently interviewed Carmona and got his thoughts on the subject and where the field of IoT standards is heading.

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