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July 9, 2015

Top 5 IoT groups fighting for standards & regulation

IBM, Intel, Cisco, AT&T, BT, all have something in common: the need for general understanding on connecting things.

By Joao Lima

Discussions around the IoT, M2M, VR and AI on data ownership and privacy, partnerships and connectivity led the industry to come together under several different forums and consortiums.

CBR lays down the main IoT bodies fighting for wide spread adoption of standards and solutions for the connected world.

1. Wireless IoT Forum

The Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF) was launched in April, aiming to support and promote the deployment of IoT worldwide. It aspires to create a tool to drive the widespread adoption of wireless wide-area networking technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

The organisation gives enterprises fixed and wireless network to operators, infrastructure providers, app developers in utilities, government and specialist SMEs, semiconductor vendors, radio technology providers, module developers, systems integrators and vertical end-users.

The WIoTF founding (and only) members include Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN. The forum is open to new members from any legally established corporation, individual firm, partnership, governmental body or international organisation supporting the promotion and worldwide deployment of cheaper, faster more effective wide area sensing and control.

2. oneM2M

one2M2M was established by a consortium of ICT standards development bodies to provide a common M2M service layer that can be embedded within various hardware and software, and connect devices.

The standards – ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, and TTC – work together to design E2E specifications for M2M. The venture set eyes on reducing costs, shortening time-to-market, creating economies of scale, simplifying the development of applications, and avoiding standardisation overlap.

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one2M2M currently has 216 participating partners and members consisting of Alcatel-Lucent, Adobe, AT&T, BT, Cisco, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, IBM, Intel, Samsung, Sierra Wireless and Telefonica.

3. Open Interconnect Consortium

The OIC was created in July 2014 by Intel, Samsung and Broadcom, who left the organisation in October that same year over a disagreement on how to handle intellectual property,

The consortium was founded to define the industry’s connectivity requirements and aims to establish common ground on interoperability of billions of IoT devices.

The OIC also sponsors the IoTivity Project, an open source software framework enabling seamless device-to-device connectivity to address the emerging needs of the IoT.

Membership to the consortium comes in different levels. The top members are called ‘diamond’ and include Cisco, GE, Intel, Mediatek and Samsung. Other partners are HP, Honeywell, Acer, Dell and Siemens.

4. Industrial Internet Consortium

The IIC was initiated by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel to put a break to technology silos and support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds to unlock business value.

The consortium looks to set the bases for interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world. It wants to utilise existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications, influence the global standards development process for internet and industrial systems and build initiatives to secure the iIoT.

Adding to the founders board, the IIC has memberships from over 100 companies including Accenture, PTC, Telstra, China Telecom, Samsung, Bosh, Huawei, Honeywell and Hitachi.

5. HyperCat Consortium

HyperCat is an IoT standard created by a group of 40 UK-based companies, including IBM, ARM and BT. Last summer, the UK government invested £1.6 million in the consortium, bringing funding totals to £8 million.

The consortium is a JSON-based hypermedia catalogue format for exposing collections of URIs. It was designed to work with JSON, flexible metada model (triples), URIs for everything and served over HTTP/HTTPS.

The list of partners, members and companies seating in the advisory board include Accenture, 1248, ARM, Arqiva, EDF, Huawei, Intel, KPMG and Symantec.

The project also has higher education institutions acting as members, including the University of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Surrey, the UCL, Lancaster University and The Open University.

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