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Iot Groups Are Like an Orchestra Tuning ­p: The Music Starts in 2016


An orchestral conductor, preparing to begin.

Many companies are not waiting for a standard to be set before plunging into the Internet of Things.

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Many companies are not waiting for existing organizations to set the standard for the Internet of Things (IoT). Last year saw several new groups form around creating and promoting new IoT standards and protocols and the products of these organizations' labors will start to roll out this year.

The AllSeen Alliance got the earliest start, forming in December 2013. The group's main output is the open source AllJoyn software framework, based on technology from Qualcomm, which enables IoT devices with different operating systems to coordinate with each other and already is making its way into products such as Windows 10.

The Open Interconnect Consortium, whose members include Intel and Samsung, is working on open source standards for device discovery, communication, data exchange, and other functions, the first of which are expected early this year.

The Thread Group, founded by ARM Holdings, Samsung, and Nest Labs, is focusing on mesh networking for low-power, in-home devices and the Industrial Internet Consortium is concerned with coordinating IoT standards across traditionally disconnected industries.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers also is pursuing IoT, with a draft of its new standards already available and plans to complete work on it by 2016.

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