Welcome to the Open Connectivity Foundation’s (OCF) Blog. We hope to become a source of information and discussion on relevant trends driving the Internet of Things’ (IoT) progress and growth.
The rapid development of the IoT market has caused an explosion in the number IoT solutions. In fact, Gartner predicts that over 20 billion connected devices worldwide will be in operation by 2020.
The IoT is a continually developing ecosystem full of opportunity and with this comes an industry that has spawned many standards. Did you know that back in 2001 there were over 251 standards in an average PC? Can you image how many there are that claim to be relevant in the Internet of Things?
This “mess” continues to hold progress back, we all know this. But, how is it all going to play out and which one will win this survival of the fittest?
Foreseeing the end of the IoT standards chaos isn’t easy, but industry collaboration goes a long way in achieving success and continued innovation. There are multiple proposals and forums driving different approaches… but no single solution addresses the majority of key requirements.
The goal of OCF is simple – creating a standard flexible framework that gets all these gadgets to securely talk to each other regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or transport.
OCF’s Framework sets a straightforward foundation, reducing the complexities of developing a secure interoperability solution from scratch while ensuring proper functionality and support for creative market differentiation – rising above the chaos if you will.
With over 325 member companies, work with leading industry partners and, strong consortium growth, the OCF is achieving a level of industry collaboration that will unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open specification.
Become a leader in defining secure protocols and connectivity requirements that improve interoperability between the billions of devices making up the IoT. For more information on joining the OCF visit www.openconnectivity.org/about/join.
Stay tuned for our next blog on the IoT and health care.