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OIC releases Internet of Things connectivity framework

IoTivity is an open-source software framework that enables devices, products and services for the Internet of Things.

While the number of connected devices are rapidly growing, there still exists a need for shared standards for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Last July, Atmel teamed up with several tech heavyweights to establish a new industry group focused on improving interoperability and streamlining connectivity. Now, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) — which has more than 50 members and counting — has launched the the Preview Release version of its IoT certification and standard, IoTivity.


“The ability for devices and machines to communicate will unleash a whole new world of technology innovation. Open-source software and collaborative development are the building blocks to get us there,” explained Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive Director. “IoTivity is an exciting opportunity for the open-source community to help advance this work.”

As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, IoTivity is governed by an independent steering group that liaises with the OIC. The project is open to all and includes RESTful-based APIs. It is expected to be available in various programming languages for a variety of operating systems and hardware platforms. In the next few months, the consortium will develop and release a 1.0 standard specification. At the same time, the IoTivity project will release a full open-source implementation of that specification.

Interested? Head over to IoTivity’s official page here.

The Open Interconnect Consortium just got bigger

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.

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.”