Open Connectivity Foundation

  • SNAPSHOT
  • 2014
    United States
    Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
    140+
    Open Membership
    Open website
  • DESCRIPTION
  • Mission

    OCF is taking the lead in establishing a single solution covering interoperability across multiple vertical markets and use cases. OCF will unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open specification. OCF will also help ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry.

    Overview

    Billions of connected devices (devices, phones, computers and sensors) should be able to communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project to make this possible.

    WHAT ARE WE DOING?

    - Defining the specification, certification & branding to deliver reliable interoperability -- a connectivity framework that abstracts complexity

    - Our open specification allows anyone to implement and it is easy for developers to use

    - It includes predictable IP protection & branding for certified devices (via compliance testing) and service-level interoperability

    - There is also an Open Source implementation of our specification - IoTivity Project

    - This Open Source implementation is designed to enable application developers and device manufacturers to deliver interoperable products across Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Tizen, and more.

    WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

    - We want to connect the next 25 billion devices for the Internet of Things.

    - We want to provide secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity across multiple OSs and platforms.

    - There are multiple proposals and forums driving different approaches... but no single solution addresses the majority of key requirements.

    - To get industry consolidation around a common, interoperable approach.

    - To build a broad industry consortium of companies to create a scalable solution.

    WHO NEEDS THIS?

    - Consumers, Enterprise, Industrial, Automotive, Health, etc. who want smart devices to easily interconnect and communicate with appliances, embedded devices, etc.

    - Developers of operating systems, platforms, and applications who want their products to interoperate seamlessly across many brands and ecosystems.

    - End users who want consistent levels of security and identity across smart devices down to the smallest connected appliance
  • STAKEHOLDERS
  • Current Board Members

    President, Jong-Deok Choi - Samsung Electronics

    Vice President, Imad Sousou - Intel Corporation

    Treasurer, John Oberon - Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Secretary, Abhi Kunté- General Electric Digital

    Director, Charles Cheevers - Arris

    Director, Ralph W. Brown - CableLabs

    Director, David Cronstr?m - Electrolux

    Director, Greg Petroff - General Electric Digital

    Director, Matthew Perry - Microsoft

    Director, Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. - Qualcomm

    Executive Director, Michael S. Richmond - Open Connectivity Foundation, Inc.
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