One of the most challenging aspects of the smart home space—at least from the DIYer consumer market—is trying to get all of those damn devices to talk to one another and work like they’re supposed to. There are ways users can manipulate the IoT protocol through network bridges and other tools, but simplicity is key in this day and age, and the smart home hasn’t been so great on that front.
But that’s where the Open Connectivity Foundation has been hard at work, prepping a revolutionary solution that would create a “single standard,” allowing devices of all shapes, sizes, and standards to play nice with one another.
After years of work, OCF believes the time is right to show off its work on the tech industry’s largest stage.
Together with SURE Universal, a smart home and IoT software solution provider, OCF plans to run a series of product demonstrations at CES 2018 that will show just how far the organization has come in perfecting smart home interoperability. At CES, SURE Universal will conduct a series of tests that will show how OCF’s standard can “effortlessly operate multiple smart home and IoT devices” of different types and brands. The demos will include devices like set-top boxes, gateways, smart TVs, and appliances—all of which use the company’s OCF-certified software.
"It will be an honor to be at the center of this historic demonstration," Viktor Ariel, Founder and CEO of SURE Universal, said in a statement. "The Open Connectivity Foundation has delivered a true interoperable standard that is reliable and secure, and covers all the key components that make up the IoT for the smart home; the mobile device, the gateway, and the cloud. At CES 2018, SURE Universal will show that remote operation of any of these devices is now easy for manufacturers and consumers, which will greatly speed the adoption and value of IoT products and services."
SURE Universal is a provider of the first client software that is certified by OCF. In addition to its demo at CES 2018, the company plans to show off a number of in-home solutions, including both Linux and Android gateways and set-top boxes that feature its solutions. SURE Universal will also announce the certification of its iOS mobile client, which will join the company’s Android SURE Universal remote control client.
"There is no other logical option for IoT device interoperability than OCF," Ariel said. "It already has the critical mass of many of the top manufacturers and IoT vendors in the world. We recently spoke to several set-top box makers in China, where there are close to ten different IoT standards available. They don't know what to implement, so OCF is an advancement they've been waiting for. Consumers expect this too. They don't want to buy products that don't work together, and find that their new purchases make their old purchases obsolete. OCF finally brings stability to the IoT, so that the IoT ecosystem is no longer segregated."
Over 300 global technology leaders, including Samsung, LG, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Cisco, and Electrolux now support the OCF standard.