Intel and Samsung lead open source charge to IoT

A group of semiconductor, computing and software companies want to establish a common wireless communications framework for internet of things applications.


The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) includes Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River want to create a standard wireless protocol based on open source code. But will use existing wireless interface standards.

The aim is to standardise communicating and managing IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

“Interoperability will be a critical enabler as the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve,” said Rahul Patel, Broadcom senior vice president and general manager, Wireless Connectivity.

“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’s general manager of the Software and Services Group.

“This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards,” said Fisher.

The first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of smart home such as remotely controlling household systems.

“Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

“We look forward to the OIC’s contribution in fostering an open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming online.”



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