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Consortium formed for Internet of Things

Industry leaders to jointly develop open standards for Internet of Things

Consortium formed for Internet of Things
The consortium will develop specifications, open source implementations and certification programs to govern the Internet of Things.

Industry leaders including Dell, Intel and Samsung have formed a consortium to help develop open standards to the enable the Internet of Things.

The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), will be run as a non-profit corporation to develop specifications, open source implementations and certification programs for the wireless connection of any type of devices which will form a part of the ‘Internet of Things.'

Atmel Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and Wind River are the founding partners who will contribute software and engineering resources to the project. Other companies, including vertically focused organisations, are expected to join later.

The first open source code will target the specific requirements for smart home and office solutions, with automotive, healthcare and industrial specifications expected to follow.

Protocols will be developed for a range of devices from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.

The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is focused on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

"Open source is about collaboration and about choice. The Open Interconnect Consortium is yet another proof point how open source helps to fuel innovation," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. "We look forward to the OIC's contribution in fostering an open environment to support the billions of connected devices coming online."

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