The proliferation of standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) continued its growth today when the AllSeen Alliance, a “nonprofit open source consortium dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that support the Internet of Everything,” announced that its group had expanded with the addition of nine (9) new companies and one new sponsored member.
dog hunter (IoT WiFi modules, control and sensor management solutions), FengLian (commercial WiFi and intelligent home product and support provider), ForgeRock(R)(identity relationship management solutions ), INSTEON (networking technology for the connected home), MobilityLab (next-generation enterprise mobility solution MobileSputnik), NETGEAR (global networking company), Organic Response (sensor-based lighting control system), Quanta Computer (Fortune Global 500 Company, the largest manufacturer of notebook computers) and VeriSign, Inc. (global leader in domain names and Internet security) have joined the initiative according to the press release. New sponsored member Korea Electronics Technology Institute also joined the group. The Alliance now totals 80 companies and 12 sponsored members.
“AllSeen Alliance members are collaborating to advance the seamless connection of a range of objects and devices in homes, cars and businesses by building out an open source software framework, called AllJoyn(TM). Through code that is available today and continuously updated through contributions by members and the open source community, AllJoyn acts as a common language for devices to interact regardless of brand and other infrastructure considerations.”
Standards-making bodies such as AllSeen have been growing rapidly over the past few years, as the quest for common languages, rules, requirements and protocols tries to keep up with the advancements in technologies now driving IoT. Other groups including but not limited to the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Open Internet Consortium, JCA-IoT, IoT GSI, GSC MSTF, Thread, and the International Organization for Standards are all attempting to develop commonalities to support and drive the interoperability of the estimated 50 billion devices that will make up the Internet of Things in our homes, cars and workplaces by 2020.