In a major win for an organization that’s trying to simplify the Internet of Things for consumers and manufacturers, the Open Connectivity Foundation announced today that its OCF 1.0 specification has been ratified as an international standard by the ISO/IEC JTC 1—the Joint Technical Committee for ICT standardization of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. According to OCF, this level of recognition marks a “critical step” in their efforts to establish a common and secure language for IoT interoperability worldwide.
The OCF standard will be published as ISO/IEC 30118 (Parts 1-6).
“We are excited to see the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 approval of the OCF specification as an international standard for the IoT ecosystem,” John Park, Executive Director of OCF, said in a statement. “Achieving this recognition reinforces OCF’s contribution to the global IoT community to solve the interoperability gap between devices, supported by the development of ISO/IEC 30118 standardization and OCF-certified devices in the coming years.”
OCF is a 400+ member organization that includes many of the major and key manufacturers in the connected tech space—brands like LG and Samsung, for example, which are leading the way in creating products that connect to cloud services, can integrate into the smart home, and rely on an internet connection in order to give the consumer access to a wide range of Jetson-like features.
What OCF recognizes is that, while the IoT presents tremendous opportunity for both consumers and businesses, there’s really a basic lack of a universal language that would ensure “seamless communication between devices,” which creates a whole host of challenges and can ultimately limit the user experience. By achieving global recognition by a standard-setting body, OCF can now move forward with its plan to equip manufacturers with a “truly open IoT protocol” that’s both secure and interoperable.
To learn more about the OCF’s interoperability standards work, check out their blog on the topic right here.