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Major Tech Companies Including Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Intel Form Open Connectivity Foundation, An IoT Standards Group

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Several major tech companies in the market have joined forces and have founded a new cluster to unify standards, “create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together,” stated a press release by The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) on Friday.

The OCF unifies the former Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with leading companies at all levels. The companies that are part of the OCF include ones specialized in all sectors– silicon, software, platform and finished-goods. The main aim of this new group is to make communication possible between all devices, regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport and make them interoperable. With this in mind, the mega-cluster of companies is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project.

Big names like Microsoft, Cisco, Electrolux, General Electric, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, ARRIS and CableLabs have invested their time and money in order to come up with innovative approaches and an industry standard for IoT. Here’s what the aim of the group is according to the announcement:

The OCF’s vision for IoT is that billions of connected devices (appliances, phones, computers, industrial equipment) will communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or transport. With the OCF fulfilling this promise, anyone – from a large technology company to a maker in their garage – can adopt the open standards of OCF to innovate and compete, helping ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry.

Internet of Things is, as we already stated in the aim of OCF, an interconnection between physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity which enables them to exchange data and control. Many major companies have brought their focus to IoT in recent times. Just last month, we reported Mozilla curtailing firefox OS development after version 2.6 in order to focus of IoT.

Other developments in the IoT sector include Microsoft’s take on the tech in Windows 10 and Azure. Even CES last month was filled with tens of products based on IoT.

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