A new Open Interconnect Consortium backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River is promising to deliver a specification, an open source implementation, and a certification program for wirelessly connecting devices. The consortium is seeking to ensure interoperability for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).
The OIC specifications and open source implementations will help companies design products that intelligently, reliably and securely manage and exchange information under changing conditions, power and bandwidth, and even without an Internet connection. The companies said the first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of smart home and office solutions.
The rise and ultimate success of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information," said Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. "This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards. Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company's solution."