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Microsoft Joins Qualcomm & Friends in IoT Standards Group

Dan Jones
7/2/2014
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Microsoft revealed that it is backing the Qualcomm-derived AllJoyn specification for connecting devices in the Internet of Things.

Microsoft said Tuesday it has joined the AllSeen Alliance, which aims to create a standard way for IoT devices in the home and beyond to communicate with the AllJoyn langauge. The Alliance now has 51 members.

AllJoyn is an open-source project, initially developed by Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) in 2009 and made into an open-source project steered by the AllSeen Alliance in 2013. It aims to provide a software framework and core set of system services to enable interoperability among connected products and software applications from different manufacturers. (See Qualcomm Launches AllJoyn Project.)

Having a standard way for machines to communicate with each other and with networks and applications is necessary if the grand visions of talking fridges and driverless cars offered by IoT advocates is to fully come to pass. (See IoT: More Things, More Challenges.)

The AllSeen Alliance, though, isn't the only trade group looking to develop standards. The Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to standardize communications for industry, and many tech companies are members of both bodies. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also have IoT and M2M working groups developing specifications.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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danielcawrey
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7/5/2014 | 12:11:43 PM
Re: Still Too Many Standards Coming?
It would be great if there was just one standards group. But for an industry that will grow immensely over the next few years, I suspect that competition is playing a part in some degree of fragmentation. 

It would seem to me that the bigger issue is security. Experts have said that with a patchwork of standards, many IoT devices might be susceptible to being compromised. That's probably the biggest risk to not obtaining industry-wide standardization pratices. 
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kq4ym,
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7/2/2014 | 8:02:27 PM
Still Too Many Standards Coming?
Even though Microsoft is joining the 51-member group to develp those standards, it's too bad the competing groups can't all cooperate with this group to develp even better open standards. With the fast development of IoT it seems some real efficiencies need to be found to meet the needs of the new industry developments.
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