• AllSeen Alliance and Open Connectivity Foundation merge to accelerate the Internet of Things

AllSeen Alliance and Open Connectivity Foundation merge to accelerate the Internet of Things

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the AllSeen Alliance, which provides the AllJoyn open source IoT framework, announced that the two groups are merging and that the larger consortium will keep the Open Connectivity Foundation name. This merger will advance interoperability between connected devices from both groups, enabling the full operating potential of IoT and representing a significant step towards a connected ecosystem.

The newly merged groups will collaborate on future OCF specifications, as well as the IoTivity and AllJoyn open source projects. Both projects will collaborate to support future versions of the OCF specification in a single IoTivity implementation that combines the best of both technologies into a unified solution.

Google home assistant

Google Home Assistant able to control smart home devices!

Google has recently released more details about its home assistant. Google Home is a clever speaker with voice control system powered by the new Google Assistant. Users can start a conversation with the assistant. The assistant is able to answer questions but can also control smart home devices. Google Home could control the Philips Hue lights and offers support for the Samsung Smart Things platform. Users must install the Google Home app on their smartphone or tablet in order to use the Home assistant.


Echelon’s smart server brings more automation and control!

Echelon Corp., a leading independent control networking company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the availability of a first-of-its-kind converged controller for building automation, lighting controls and Internet of Things applications combined with power line communication meshing capability. SmartServer 2.2 is a universal gateway and controller for multiple protocols including LON, BACnet and Modbus offering customers a broader selection of devices that can be easily integrated into, and managed by one user interface. The ability to integrate a wide range of lighting, building and IoT devices at greater distances enables customers to expand the reach, scale and performance of their connected networks, as well as the ability to implement standalone networks.


Philips and Huawei Partner for LED Connectivity in Internet of Things

Philips Lighting and the telecommunication company, Huawei Technologies, have signed a partnership agreement to ensure the seamless interoperability of the Philips Hue connected lighting system for the home with Huawei’s OceanConnect Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The partnership will further enhance the user experience by enabling Philips Hue lighting products to work seamlessly with other connected devices. The agreement with Huawei brings together global leaders in IoT networking and connected lighting. It opens the door for many more consumer products to interoperate with Philips Hue and extends the reach of our lighting system into the growing connected home market.


Part of Z-Wave becomes open smart home standard

Sigma Designs, the integrated circuit manufacturer that owns Z-Wave smart-home technology, announced that it has released the interoperability layer of its Z-Wave technology to the public domain. Sigma Designs is also releasing the specifications for the APIs that internet gateways use to communicate with Z-Wave devices in the home: Z-Wave over Internet Protocol  and Z-Wave middleware. The company is also releasing the full specification for its Z-Wave S2 security framework. This public release of the interoperability layer marks the next major step towards further democratizing smart home standards for the IoT.

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