Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, GE Digital, Cisco and some other big name tech companies have formed an IoT alliance called the “Open Connectivity Foundation” to solve the disintegration problem of a connected smart home. As we all know, the connected home has a tremendous issue. Few of the gadgets really converse with each other.
Though competing communication protocols and companies are creating proprietary ecosystems, that just let their products talk to each other. Moreover, users are forced to open various apps to have the connected smart home.
However, the foundation expects to make open-source protocols any producer could actualize into their items. It will work regardless of the device’s chipset or operating system. It additionally needs to ensure that people who want to make an IoT device can use its protocols to connect with devices from bigger companies.
The foundation is missing some key players as of now, who have already hit the market including Apple, Google, Philips and WeMo. Apple’s HomeKit already works in the same way but requires manufacturers to use secure chipsets and obviously, it’s only compatible with iOS devices. Google’s Brillo and communication protocol Weave – done in association with Intel and Qualcomm – hasn’t really started functioning successfully yet, it’s still inviting designers to give it a try.
Open Connectivity Foundation might create a true way to connect devices in a smart home if it can do what Apple does already, but without the need for using an iPhone.