>> IoT STANDARDS WAR - STALEMATE ON THE HORIZON?
The push to reduce complications within IoT just got more complicated.
A new standards player is in town; containing Intel, Samsung, Broadcom,
WindRiver known as the Open Interconnect Consortium which is fighting to
bring yet another set of standards to the Internet of Things, competing
with the likes of the AllSeen Alliance and the big boys Apple and Google.
It is clear that none of these companies want to play on the same team.
Part of the problem is the lack of real definition of what IoT actually
should encompass; there are a number of potential verticals around
smart homes, medical and fitness, automotive, industrial applications -
all of which create their own demands and requirements. The FAQ on the
Open Interconnect Consortium clearly states their reasons to start a new
Are the motives financial? or just plain old school yard bragging rights?
The question of why the member companies didn't just join the existing
AllSeen Alliance has been raised (ref: nytimes.com)
- especially since the organization already has a number of product vendors
signed up. Imad N. Sousou, general manager of Intel's open source technology
centre stated in response to that exact question "Intel and its partners
evaluated all of the existing work, It’s not being done in a way that
will drive widespread adoption.".
Concerns have mounted based on the many chip manufacturers unwillingness
to trust Qualcomm as a partner specific to intellectual property rights.
Rob Chandhok of Qualcomm responded to
such claims saying their intentions were not to make a profit from AllJoyn.
It looks like there are going to be a number of fiercely competitive
solutions out there and the developers and system integrators are going
to have to pick and choose the companies they want to partner with -
just fuelling fragmentation within the IoT space. It would be so much
better if they all joined forces and truly discussed design concerns and
suggestions for improvement and pushed for a single, universal standard.
Only a few weeks ago Hyper/Cat was also announced, driven
by the UK Tech Consortium which Intel is also a member of - however it
is not clear if the Open Interconnect Consortium will consider it as a
foundation of its efforts or not. It definitely should have been something
asked - if they are not it will be yet another standard developers will
need to consider.
In the end; lack of co-operation only hinders the true potential of
the IoT industry.
An edited version of this blog post was reposted on the Evothings blog