According to VentureBeat.com, a group of the largest heavy hitters in the IT world are forming what has been called the AllSeen Alliance with over 180 worldwide member companies. This alliance will take on the task of creating and maintaining unified standards for device-to-device communication. The Allseen Alliance announced its existence in 2013. It joins a number of forming alliances that are tasking themselves with the development of communication protocol standards to make the IoT operate smoothly.
As IoT evolves, various organizations and associations will emerge and create standards to allow interoperability between various companies. Creating your own strategic partnerships around these standards will get your company to market faster and gain more market share.
A number of alliances are forming around individual technologies to develop use of specific systems in the IoT.
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is forming the IEEE IoT Technical Community.
- The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Consortium is developing standards for UHF RFID technology.
- The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum was established to develop interoperability among devices and services and to educate the market about NFC technology.
- The DASH 7 Alliance was formed to foster and develop DASH 7 Technology and protocols.
- The Bluetooth SIG fosters collaboration in the development of Bluetooth and use of this technology to connect diverse devices.
- The Zigbee Alliance is formed around the development of Zigbee standards for networked sensing and control of devices.
- The ULE Alliance is promoting the adoption of the ULE control and network eco-system for the IoT.
- The Wi-SUN Alliance seeks to advance seamless connectivity by promoting IEEE 802 15.4TM standards.
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is developing international open standards for what it calls the World Wide Web of Things.
- The LORA Alliance Wide Area Networks for Internet of Things was initiated by industry leaders to standardize low power wide area networks for the IoT and machine-to-machine and smart city applications.
What these diverse bodies envisage is something like the various quasi-control bodies of the internet like the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which were formed in the early 2000s to establish the superstructure of the internet itself.
The organization around the Internet of Things remains a fragmentation of specially focused alliances. The practical IoT may require more integration of various technologies to develop a more uniform operating standard worldwide.
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