09 Aug Ecosystems and the Open Connectivity Foundation
y definition an ecosystem brings together multiple products in order to deliver an outcome. However, today’s IoT standards don’t go far enough enable different products to work together. Another layer is needed to ensure ecosystem products speak the same language. In this episode of the IoT business show I speak with David McCall about the Open Connectivity Foundation and the codebase they provide to enable smart home products from different vendors to talk to each other – exactly what you need for any ecosystem.
In this episode of the IoT Business Show, I speak with David McCall about the Open Connectivity Foundation and the codebase they provide to enable smart home products from different vendors to talk to each other – exactly what you need for any ecosystem.
David is a Senior Strategic Planner at Intel. He was involved in establishing the Open Connectivity Foundation and currently chairs their Strategy Work Group. He has 18 years of experience with wireless technologies and more recently has been focused on communications software and the Internet of Things.
Different IoT consortia, foundations, groups approach ecosystem building in different ways. Currently the OCF is laser beam focused on establishing an ecosystem for the smart home and their ecosystem approach is to provide its members with crucial tech. IoT’s media and network standards move data. The application standard provides data about the data, e.g. this data represents weight, this data represents temperature. But we need more than this. There needs to be a layer above the application layer – a meta layer – to ensure the data about the data is using the same vocabulary, e.g. kilogram instead of pound, Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. Among other things, the OCF provides this vital code in addition to interoperability certification and intellectual property rights, so your product is guaranteed to work within an OCF ecosystem or so your company can establish its own OCF ecosystem.
Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode
- The OCF’s three pillar vision
- How much time you need to dedicate to a group like the OCF to make it worthwhile
- IoTivity, the software framework or resource layer the OCF provides to its members to ensure interoperability between products in an OCF-based ecosystem.
- IoTivity’s resource and interaction models
- The OCF’s current focus on the smart home and future industry focuses
- The four main benefits of joining the Open Connectivity Foundation
- Interoperability certification
- Member’s intellectual property rights
- Member levels and pricing
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