Evidence of the explosive growth of the Internet of Things is all around us. In our homes, vehicles, and workplaces, connected devices assist us with daily tasks and generally make our lives easier. But unlocking the full potential of the Internet of Things presents several challenges that the Open Connectivity Foundation is working to address.
By Kim Lewis, Marketing Communications Work Group Chair for Open Connectivity Foundation.
Established as Europe’s go-to consumer electronics conference, Berlin’s IFA 2017 set the stage for the next generation of our increasingly connected digital lives. This year’s event took place earlier this month and featured more than 1,800 exhibitors from companies like, Samsung and LG. From smart home appliances to drones and wearables, the event showed off the latest and greatest consumer technologies set to enter the market in the coming months.
By David G. Brenner, Smart Home Business Development, Intel Corporation
As the trend toward the Internet of Things and more connected devices in the house continues to accelerate, it’s not just consumers who are trying to understand how to make their devices work together in order to really make their homes smarter. Service providers, Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) and government organizations are also hard at work to understand how to work with and leverage this new technology, and bring new services and capabilities to their customers and subscribers.
Today, more and more Americans are weighing their options as they grow older and choosing to stay home, or “age in place,” as opposed to moving to a retirement or assisted living community. According to the American Society on Aging, U.S. Census Bureau data shows that much of this is fueled by the fact that more Boomers own their own homes (roughly 78 percent in 2016 compared with 68 percent in 1971). Coupled with the increased home ownership, many “Baby Boomers” have access to services that make aging in place an attractive option.
The OCF Outstanding Contributor Award Program was created to recognize member companies and individuals whose outstanding contributions have advanced the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).