IOC gains new members in effort to increase standardization of Internet of Things products
Today, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced it would acquire all of the assets of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum. In exchange, OIC will offer membership to UPnP Forum members. This agreement will help bring both organizations’ technologies and infrastructure together, leading to increased alignment on standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT). Specific membership transfers will be announced at the end of 2015 after the transaction closes.
The OIC is a Delaware non-profit corporation founded by leading technology companies. Its goal is to define the connectivity requirements and to ensure the interoperability of the countless devices that will make up the emerging Internet of Things.
Research company Gartner Inc. predicts that there will be 21 billion IoT-connected devices in use by 2020. By that time, an accepted common standard needs to be in place to ensure devices are able to communicate and operate in the capacity they were designed for. To reach this common standard, OIC is taking steps like today’s asset transfer to ensure a future of interoperability.
"UPnP Forum pioneered the networking software protocols fundamental to today's Smart Home," Mike Richmond, executive director, Open Interconnect Consortium, said in a statement. “The Open Interconnect Consortium is looking forward to working with our many new members to streamline specification development for the next generation of IoT-connected devices.”
OIC will form a new UPnP Work Group to maintain the UPnP specifications, and certification tools within the overall OIC organization. OIC will offer legacy UPnP certification for a fee to companies who choose not to join OIC.
“Fragmentation amongst Internet of Things protocols/standard bodies has been one of the hurdles for wider industry adoption. Developers need to work together to ensure compatibility among protocols. VDC believes that OIC’s acquisition of the UPnP Forum’s assets is a positive step in building out the necessary infrastructure to deliver the promise of IoT,” Christopher Rommel, VDC Research, said in a statement.