There are several standards and standards organizations for the Internet of Things (IoT), and I’ve discussed some of them in past blogs (here and here). Quite frankly, there are too many to understand each of them and their differences. Some people include certain organizations, while others do not. This blog and my previous blogs may provide a good list of standards organizations. I do not discuss each of them in detail but simply present a (near) comprehensive list.
At the Internet of Things Developers Conference, I attended two sessions that discussed the standards for IoT and their standards organizations.
The first speaker was Guy Martin, Senior Open Source Strategist, Samsung Research America. Guy is also head of digital marketing for one of the standards organizations called Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). See below for details. He discussed standards relevant to IoT in three categories – applications, supporting organizations, and networking transports – as shown in figure 1 below.
Figure 1: IoT Standards Organizations (Source: Guy Martin)
Below, I give a summary of each organization Guy mentioned. Note that the description for each organization is from its own website.
“The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was founded in March 2014 to bring together the organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying, assembling and promoting best practices. Membership includes small and large technology innovators, vertical market leaders, researchers, universities and governments.”
“The EEBus initiative is one of the world’s leading initiatives in the area of the Internet of things. With a consistent focus on cross-domain standardization, we make technology independent interoperability possible.”
Applications Standards Organizations
“THE OPEN INTERCONNECT CONSORTIUM IS BEING FOUNDED BY LEADING TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES WITH THE GOAL OF DEFINING THE CONNECTIVITY REQUIREMENTS AND ENSURING INTEROPERABILITY OF THE BILLIONS OF DEVICES THAT WILL MAKE UP THE EMERGING INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT).”
“The AllSeen Alliance is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to enabling and driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that support the Internet of Everything with an open, universal development framework supported by a vibrant ecosystem and thriving technical community. It is the broadest cross-industry consortium to date to advance adoption and innovation in the “Internet of Everything” in homes and industry.”
“AllJoyn™ is a collaborative open-source software framework that makes it easy for devices and apps to discover and communicate with each other. It supports many language bindings and can be easily integrated into platforms small and large. The AllJoyn framework defines a common way for devices and apps to communicate with one another ushering a new wave of interoperable devices to make the Internet of Things a reality.”
Continued to Part 2