Olivier Carmona is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Connectivity Foundation and is Director of Business Development at AwoX. Speaking to LANline, he talks about the issues facing manufacturers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and explains what plans the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is currently pursuing as the largest organization for standard industrial specifications.
LANline: The Internet of Things is expanding into more and more areas. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is committed to unlocking the massive capabilities of the IoT. How many members does the OFC have and with which problems are they confronted?
Carmona: The promise of the Internet of Things is based on the ability of devices to communicate with each other. Today, however, device manufacturers are faced with fragmented ecosystems, each using a different protocol. Therefore, device manufacturers either limit their market or increase their costs as they have to evolve across multiple ecosystems. In addition, when buying a consumer, they are faced with deciding whether the desired products are compatible with the current ecosystem, or finding ways to integrate their devices into the network, and try to independently resolve interoperability issues. Our more than 400 members strive to solve these challenges.
Read the full interview conducted by Timo Scheibe via LANline here.