The Internet of Things is still in the news and probably will be for a long time. Like “cloud computing,” IoT means different things to different people. One of the most common meanings, and the one that involves Videon’s industries most directly, is the idea that many of the things in our everyday lives will become increasingly connected. We’ve all heard the examples: you might use your cell phone to adjust your thermostat or start your coffeemaker. You might connect media servers in your car and your home.
Currently, one of the biggest questions related to IoT is how all of these devices will talk to each other. Unsurprisingly, Google and Apple are both offering solutions. But many other tech companies are joining together in consortiums to try to solve the connection problem in a more open and inclusive way. The Open Interconnect Consortium members include Dell, Intel and Samsung, and the AllSee Alliance counts Microsoft, LG and Qualcomm among its members.
We’re not the first to say it, but the abundance of IoT standards could make interoperability difficult and confusing for consumers, as it did in the consumer electronics market. It still remains to be seen what will happen in IoT, and how solutions will differ for devices with different amounts of computing power.