A group of tech firms including Intel, Broadcom, Dell, Samsung and some smaller players have formed the Open Interconnect Consortium, a new think tank dedicated to create both a standard specification and open source project to help develop the Internet of Things.
The new consortium says it “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.”
The group also says “It is our intention to create a specification and an open source project that will allow interoperability for all types of devices and operating systems.”
How will that be done? We've only the statement that “ Additional technical details will be announced at a later time” to go on for now.
The Register points out that the launch comes just six days after Microsoft joined the Allseen Alliance, a group that aims to "enable widespread adoption and help accelerate the development and evolution of an interoperable peer connectivity and communications framework based on AllJoyn for devices and applications in the Internet of Everything.”
The Allseen Alliance seems more formidable at this point, it's fifty members strong and besides Microsoft it includes firms like Cisco, Qualcomm, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, TP-Link, Silicon Image, etc.