Open Interconnect Consortium and Hypercat collaborate on IoT interoperability

The UK Government’s Hypercat standard is collaborating with the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) to develop and ensure the interoperability of the 212 billion devices projected to be connected to the Internet by 2020, CBR reports.


The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a (soon not too) futuristic world, where all sorts of once-ordinary objects and electronics devices will one day be linked to the Internet. With billions of everyday objects forecasted to become web-enabled by 2020, it’s evident that uniform standards are a necessity. Simply stated, we need to ensure that so many things don’t have so many different parts.

Hypercat, which is comprised of 40 UK-based tech firms including IBM, ARM and BT, is a specification that allows applications to ask data hubs what types of data it holds and what permission it needs to ask them, making sense of it without human involvement. It can browse machines, searches by metadata and uses standards such as HTTPS, Restful APIs and JSON as a data format.


Whereas the recently-unveiled Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), formed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River, has sought out to also establish a new industry group focused on improving interoperability and streamlining connectivity. The collection of companies aspires to define 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.

“We actually have OIC’s input into the Hypercat standard so we’re not competing against them,” Justin Anderson, CEO and Founder of Flexeye, told CBR.


“We recognize that Intel and Samsung are creating and have other problems that need to be solved. But we are in discussion with them to ensure that the problems that we’re looking to solve are not the same problems that they’re applying their resources to solve. That would end up as an issue where you’ve got two competing standards at a particular point, so clearly that would be daft.”

“Part of our job is to insure that we are working and collaborating with other consortia to be able to take the best of what they have and share where we’ve got to by a process of open innovation,” he added.

As devices become smarter and new entrants to the IoT market emerge, both of these consortiums share a common goal: To ensure that these players can securely speak a common language.

“We all want the same thing, which is the IoT. And whilst we have ARM in our consortium and they have Intel in their consortium, we recognize that ARM and Intel need to work together and they recommend we need to work together too.”

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