Open Interconnect Consortium aims to consolidate standards efforts for IoT

Open Interconnect Consortium aims to consolidate standards efforts for IoT
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The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is furthering interoperability and alignment on standardisation for the IoT with the acquisition of the assets of the UPnP Forum. The development is set to simplify and consolidate the work on technology and infrastructure at both organisations.

Open Interconnect Consortium executive director Mike Richmond said: “UPnP Forum pioneered the networking software protocols fundamental to today's Smart Home.”

The move is also set to result in an increase in membership at OIC, which will be elaborated upon following the close of the transaction at the end of 2015. OIC will put in place a new UPnP Work Group to preserve the UPnP specifications and certification tools within OIC. Additionally, OIC will offer legacy UPnP certification for a fee to companies who choose not to join the organisation.

Christopher Rommel of VDC Research said: “Fragmentation amongst Internet of Things protocols and standard bodies has been one of the hurdles for wider industry adoption. Developers need to work together to ensure compatibility among protocols.”

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