“The OCF is the best companion for the IoT,” Matt Perry exclaimed, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft and OCF Board Director.
Held during the first day of events at COMPUTEX 2016, the forum titled “Driving a Global Standard for IoT Interoperability” drew in executives from leading ICT companies and service providers to Taipei. “From a Microsoft perspective, OCF is a good thing,” he explained, adding that for those in the IoT field, “it can help transform the way businesses operate, notably in the area of smart health, smart industrials, and smart city.”
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an entity whose goal is to help unify IoT standards so that companies and developers can create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together. According to Perry, OCF is working towards unlocking the massive opportunity of the future global IoT segment, and assisting all developers and companies to create solutions that map to a single, open IoT interoperability specification. Ultimately, with OCF specifications, protocols and open source projects, a wide-range of consumer, enterprise and embedded devices and sensors from a variety of manufacturers, can securely and seamlessly interact with one another.
“There is a lot of end-to-end solutions on the market, but they don't necessarily talk to one another,” he said, citing interoperability as the primary issue within the IoT industry.
“Fragmentation is the enemy of the IoT, and OCF can help remedy that.”
The board director also explored the foundation's vision for IoT connectivity, with which it hopes to deliver open, free, and seamless technology agnostic, including a more secure, accessible and structured solution for adopters.
In order to reach such goal, Perry said it aims to ease developers’ burden through open source code, availability and royalty-free licenses, while noting that all OCF-certified devices are there to ensure interoperability through stringent testing programs.
The second speaker of the day was Martin Hsu, marketing manager for Intel China, who further reiterated OCF's importance to the IoT and the way it will change ways of doing business.
“Our 35-year history and strong collaboration with Taiwan is a critical success factor in our ability to scale IoT, enable business transformation and enhance the IoT experience,” Hsu said in his opening speech.
In the late session, other speakers from VIA Technologies and Allion also presented their company's business models through the participation of OCF, citing industry ecosystem cooperation and certification updates.