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Race for IoT forerunner takes on different twist

Posted: 01 Feb 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Moor Insights and Strategy? IoT? AllSeen? AllJoyn? Google?

OIC's approach leverages Rest-ful interfaces to enable smooth integration between local devices and cloud services, EE Times reported previously. McCall noted OIC enabled communications with smart home devices such as the August smartlock, which runs on a proprietary framework, and a SmartThings window sensor.

"People who are expected to build [IoT] applications and services aren't in a good position [because] everything looks different, even some fundamental things like remote procedure calls and Rest-ful interfaces," McCall said. "We said this needs to be standardised and developers should really only have to learn one thing. We tried to build the data model then show how that transfers down to multiple transports," he added.

IoT app frameworks

IoT app frameworks help developers access systems resources and networks. (Image: OIC)

The AllJoyn framework also offers a variety of bridges to interoperate with other protocols, said AllSeen's director of IoT, Philip DesAutels, adding that Microsoft, Z-Wave, Zigbee and others have used the bridges to create AllJoyn-connected networks.

DesAutels equated the framework standards battle to a browser war that he wishes would end. "I think 2016 is going to be a long and hard fought year where lots of pieces of the industry...need to merge into one ecosystem."

While there were plenty of cool devices at CES, no one showed a killer app that will drive one application layer to become a standard. Bridges will work in the meantime, but multiple application layers on a single device would unreasonably burden both hardware and software developers.

OIC's McCall expects auto and industrial markets in particular will have a "more considered, measured pace" when adopting an IoT protocol. Those companies will wait for a standard before switching from proprietary networks, he said.

DesAutels compared IoT to the days when various email bridges and Web browsers competed. "It's inevitable we get to the point where the big chunk of IoT, in many use cases, all meet and speak in the same language," he said.

- Jessica Lipsky
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