Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

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Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to establish an Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that will handle the creation of standards and set guidelines for data transmission between several IoT devices like connected thermostats, light bulbs, burglar alarms and home automation systems.

Gary Martz, product line manager at Intel, said that the OIC will set up standards centred around "connectivity, discovery and authentication of devices, and data-gathering instruments in smart homes, consumer electronics and enterprises." Martz said that the main target with the alliance is to target sectors like automotive and health care, where devices and communication technologies are different. The OIC will work on standards across a broad range of technologies that include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

The OIC is not the first consortium created for connecting IoT devices, as the Linux Foundation announced an AllSeen Alliance with the likes of Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, Sharp, Panasonic and others at the end of last year. Both consortiums are working on their own open-source platforms — the OIC will be launching its software later this year, while the AllSeen Alliance is committed to Qualcomm's AllJoyn platform.

While the presence of two consortiums working on two different sets of standards may seem counter-intuitive, Martz said that the OIC would be focusing on security and other areas that are not adequately covered by the AllSeen Alliance. In addition to Samsung, Intel and Dell, OIC's members include Atmel, Broadcom and Wind River.

Now with the likes of Samsung and Intel backing a new consortium, it looks like we'll witness a standards battle revolving around connected home tech.

Source: Samsung


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Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices


Another standards battle that will last years and ultimately cause confusion and wasted expenditure buying the "wrong" tech. Brilliant!

Oh no not another standards battle, cant we all just get alone with one standard.. Lol. We had WiMax vs LTE, now PMA vs Qi and now another...

You know what? I like my manual wood burning fireplace. I leave my thermostat on one thing all year. There's light switch's everywhere. I just don't get why people need fully automated homes. And I will probably never understand either.

With insteon you can stick a light switch without having to wire it. I think zwave might be similiar. With insteon no hub is needed. Just pair the two together and your set. if you want to be able to turn things on and off with your phone then the hub is needed.

So home automation has other uses besides the automation aspect.

If anything all they would need is voice controlled. But that won't happen or become the norm because they can't collect data that way.

Versus AllSeen.

Obviously, despite all the jargon about "open" "standard" is "good" for the consumer, being in the side who control the standard brings a lot of competitive advantage and power rush.