One of the groups working to standardize the Internet of Things (IoT) has just gotten a bit bigger — 27 members bigger, in fact. The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an industry association focused on networking for the IoT, announced that its membership has now reached 32 members.
The OIC — which was formed back in July by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River — seeks to define and streamline connectivity requirements to better improve interoperability between billions of IoT devices. The standard will be an open specification that will facilitate the IoT from mere concept into a reality that benefits consumers, developers and end users alike.
“Atmel is excited about our participation in OIC to establish an open source framework that goes beyond the digital home and supports services for multiple verticals including consumer, industrial and automotive markets,” said Kaivan Karimi, Atmel Vice President and General Manager of Wireless MCUs. “Together with other industry leaders, we are committed to building a strong technology infrastructure for the Internet of Things; one that is instrumental in solving the pain points where other industry standards fall short today.”
New member companies include Acer, ActnerLab, Allion, Aepona, Cisco, Cryptosoft Ltd, Eyeball Networks, Global Channel Resource, Gluu, IIOT Foundation, InFocus, Laplink Software, Mashery, McAfee, MediaTek, Metago, NewAer, Nitero, OSS Nokalva Inc., Realtek Semiconductor Corp., Remo Software, Roost, SmartThings, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Thug Design, VMC and Zula.
These member companies will contribute software and engineering resources to the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation, and a certification program, all with a view of accelerating the development of the IoT. The OIC specification will encompass a range of connectivity solutions, utilizing existing and emerging wireless standards and will be designed to be compatible with a variety of operating systems.
“We are following a proven path of innovation with the OIC, by encouraging industry-wide collaboration, and our board members represent our commitment to provide a standard across a broad range of market sectors facing challenges from emerging IoT technology trends,” explained Jong-Deok Choi, OIC President and Samsung EVP and Deputy Head of Software R&D Center.
We look forward to partnering with each of the aforementioned organizations as we look to inch closer to interoperability and overcome connectivity challenges along the way. From home automation and smart metering to wearables and other IoT applications, a new generation of connected products is upon us. These Internet and wireless enabled devices embedded with microcontrollers will give ordinary “things” new powers. As we work toward defining the standards, ATMEL | SMART MCUs are helping to enabling that intelligent world by bringing those connected ’things’ online.