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IoT Standards Create a Tech Battle between Big Tech Companies

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Published on : Feb 05, 2015

Worldwide, technology companies have formed their respective groups in developing competing standards for the IoT (Internet of Things) with Qualcomm and Intel among the various opposite sides. 

Among these companies, two groups are the most significant in a competitive technology environment posing valuable fight, mostly complementary in this critical tech arena. 

The Open Interconnect Consortium including Intel, General Electric (GE), and Samsung Electronics has announced its ‘IoTivity’ - that is an open-source project of IoT standards. This project was announced last month in the aim to create effective software that would find billions of smart devices and work together. This certified IoT devices project could officially begin to reach the global market by December. 

Similarly, the AllSeen Alliance which consists of Sony, Microsoft, and Qualcomm has unveiled their open-source software known as ‘AllJoyn Gateway Agent.’ This project was announced last month in the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas. This project is based on Qualcomm technology that is designed to connect different devices regardless the operating systems, platform, brand of the device, and other factors. 

Both these projects have marked a tech war between the chipmakers Qualcomm and Intel, added CEO- Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research. One side is the king of the cloud, Intel and the other side is the king of connectivity Qualcomm, he added. The former has dominated the PC compute space, while the latter has marked its presence in the mobile space. 

Companies, chipmakers and other software companies are ensuring they have their say in defining connectivity needs in the tech zone and position the interoperability of billions of devices such as vehicles, smart sensors, cameras, wearable, appliances, and many other things – all of which are connecting and helping to communicate with one another.  

The aim of the tech companies is to introduce the projects with de facto technology standards for even those devices which were unable to connect. 

Linux Foundation is helping both the groups to manage these software management efforts. Collaborative development and open-source software are the building blocks in this tech space, said Linux Foundation’s Executive Director - Jim Zemlin. 

IoT is expected to attain $1.7 trillion by the end of 2015.