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IoT standards war begins

tug of war.pngI seem to have done quite a number of blog posts in the last month related to the Internet of Things. I just noticed that there have been numerous announcements about standards efforts. This may have spurred me on. 


There are a number of them, but the three I’ve seen the most about are:

  • AllSeen Alliance that supports the open source project AllJoyn that provides “a universal software framework and core set of system services that enable interoperability among connected products and software applications across manufacturers to create dynamic proximal networks.”
  • The Open Interconnect Consortium with “the goal of defining the connectivity requirements and ensuring interoperability of the billions of devices that will make up the emerging Internet of Things. “
  • And Google (not to be left out) has defined Thread. Its goal is: “To create the very best way to connect and control products in the home. “ These devices all run over IEEE 802.15.4.

The IEEE has its own set of IoT standards efforts, but those haven’t been getting the press as the recently announced ones above.


It is clear that IoT needs standards, but if it is too fragmented there will be no standard at all.


Hopefully this will shake out soon, since standards will help make the services and the software needed that actually provide the value for the end consumer.


Jay Prestipino | ‎07-21-2014 06:49 PM

Hey Charlie - I wonder if we will have the same slow progress we see in webRTC standards.  Google is on one path while Apple and Microsoft have not committed and have somewhat created their own ecosystem there.  This is a smaller activity than IoT so it makes me wonder

| ‎07-21-2014 06:58 PM

Yes, the nice thing about standards is there are so many of them.

VMarty | ‎08-02-2014 11:46 PM

Charlie -


A notable subset of IoT standards are those for MEMS sensors. 


"Things" that sense will deliver exponentially greater quantities of data to the internet, generating value that is currently untapped.  Sensor performance standards will be critical for those building and integrating these micromachined devices. 


IEEE-SA and the MEMS Industry Group collaboration has resulted in the formation of the IEEE P2700™ Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions Working Group (WG). - See more at:


Cheers, Valerie

| ‎08-25-2014 02:47 PM
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