IoT Standards: Reaching the Full Potential of the Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Just like other networks, the Internet of Things can only reach its full potential when there is a single communication standard. Without this standard, a range of devices or “things” will not be able to communicate with the cloud, and more importantly, with one another. Several attempts have already been made to enable IoT interconnection. However, a lot of foundations, standards and consortia are presented. We only need one single standard to define a wider framework.

The Internet of Things needs an agreed-upon standard of communication to share and cross-pollinate information generated by devices. You cannot do anything with data until they come out of storage. You need to let them out to form new and valuable cross-functionality. A single standard will enable all types of devices from different manufacturers to communicate with one another securely and privately.

Although the AllSeen Alliance and Open Interconnect Consortium agreed to have a single standard for the Internet of Things, they both have their own choices. OIC was created by Intel, while AllSeen was formed by Qualcomm. Both are two active competing standards that have announced impressive membership gains as well as market traction. AllSeen presented IBM and Pivotal as its recent members. On the other hand, OIC has IBM and National Instruments.

Both companies believe that only one standard will emerge. Companies such as IBM, National Instruments and Pivotal are evaluating from the inside to find out which of the two will come out victorious. AllSeen focuses on device-to-device starting at our homes while OIC was made for business extending towards consumers. They both agree about one thing – there are misconceptions about the notion that more devices mean more data, bandwidth and required backend infrastructure.

It can be frustrating when several competing standards exist to govern the Internet of Things – especially when they all have the same goal. In this case, we need to agree upon a signal standard that will make sure that the IoT will work and everything can communicate.

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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