OIC Releases Software Framework for IoT Standard
The group, which unveiled a preview release of IoTivity, is one of several developing open-source code to enable IoT products to interoperate.The Open Interconnect Consortium, one of several industry groups developing open standards for connecting devices in the Internet of things, is launching the initial version of its software framework. The group on Jan. 14 unveiled the preview release of IoTivity, an open spec designed to make it easier for the growing number of sensors and devices that will make up the Internet of things (IoT) to connect to each other and exchange data. IoTivity is now an open-source project under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. "The ability for devices and machines to communicate will unleash a whole new world of technology innovation," Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said in a statement. "Open-source software and collaborative development are the building blocks to get us there." The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was launched in July 2014 by founding members like Intel, Dell and Samsung, and now has more than 50 members, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Acer and Lenovo.
Other consortiums developing specifications for IoT interoperability include the AllSeen Alliance, Thread Group and ZigBee Alliance. AllSeen—also a Linux Foundation project—is developing the AllJoyn standard, which initially was created by engineers at Qualcomm, which is one of the founding members. The group earlier this month released the AllJoyn Gateway Agent, enabling remote control of AllJoyn-based devices.