Last week, we reported that Microsoft is joining AllSeen Alliance to participate in the industry discussions around Internet of Things platform. Actually, Microsoft is also joining Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Microsoft believes that Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, and they want to make sure they deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. Today, Intel, Samsung and others have formed yet another consortium to develop standards for IoT.
International Data Corporation expects the installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020. This is expected to include 30.1 billion installed “connected (autonomous)” things. Today, these devices are connecting to each other using multiple, and often incompatible approaches. Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River believe that in order to achieve this scale, the industry will need both the collaboration of the open source community and industry standards to drive interoperability of these devices.
The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) will seek to define a common communication framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider. OIC also intends to deliver open source implementations for a variety of IoT market opportunities and vertical segments from smart home solutions to automotive and more.
Over the next few months, the Consortium will be recruiting other industry leaders to collaborate and join the efforts.
We should wait to see whether Microsoft joins this alliance too.