Samsung, Dell and Intel form Internet of Things development group

Samsung and Intel back another Internet of Things group

Technology firms including Samsung and Intel have grouped together to create an Internet of Things (IoT) group called the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC).

The OIC has a mission to create ‘seamless’ device-to-device connectivity, and Samsung presents its work as a platform for the connected home.

The group – which also includes Atmel, Broadcom, Dell and Wind River – aims to ‘define’ connection standards that will ‘ensure interoperability’ of devices including PCs, smartphones, wearables and industrial appliances.

“The first open source code will target the specific requirements for smart home and office solutions, with more use case scenarios to follow,” it said in a statement.

“The 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.”

The consortium is not alone, and there are other Internet of Things groups with similar aims. It has competition from the AllSeen Alliance, and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIT), of which Microsoft is a member.

The OIC said its source code will be open, and will aim to meet the ‘specific requirements’ of the smart home and connected office.

“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,” it added.

“In the enterprise, employees and visiting suppliers might securely collaborate while interacting with screens and other devices in a meeting room. Specifications for additional IoT opportunities including automotive, healthcare, and industrial will follow.”

Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, welcomed its work, adding that open source should be about choice.

“Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The OIC is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation. We look forward to the OIC’s contribution in fostering an open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming online,” he explained.

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