Menu
A deal between standards groups could help make home IoT easier

A deal between standards groups could help make home IoT easier

The OIC standards group is buying the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum

The Internet of Things is moving to the forefront of home networking as the variety of devices that can go online rapidly expands.

Reflecting this trend, the Open Interconnect Consortium is acquiring the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, an organization formed about 15 years ago to standardize discovery and control of networked devices. 

UPnP is used in about 3 billion devices and plays a key background role in wireless home networks, especially the routers that usually sit at the center of them. For example, it's typically what allows a consumer to bring home a wireless printer and start sending print jobs to it with little effort, according to UPnP Forum President Scott Lofgren.

The new breed of connected devices, such as sensors, appliances and locks, is part of the emerging IoT universe. OIC is one of the industry groups addressing that trend, alongside some competing alternatives such as the AllJoyn framework. Founding members of OIC include Intel and Samsung, while AllJoyn came out of a Qualcomm project and is backed by Cisco Systems, Microsoft and other companies.

OIC will acquire "substantially all the assets of the UPnP Forum," the organizations said. In return, OIC will offer membership to everyone in the UPnP group.

The groups hope to consolidate their efforts and achieve greater alignment on IoT standardization. But for the time being, OIC and UPnP product certification will continue to be separate, said Mike Richmond, executive director of OIC. A new working group for UPnP will be hosted at OIC.

UPnP mainly addresses the initial setup of connections among devices, while OIC is focused on the applications that run on top of them once they're set up, Richmond said. His organization is also exploring areas outside the home where UPnP may not apply. But there is some overlap, he said.

With its long history and about 1,000 member companies, UPnP will give OIC greater scale for testing and certification, Richmond said. The acquisition could also substantially boost its membership rolls, he said. But it will be up to each UPnP company to decide whether it wants to align with OIC. Those that don't want to join will be able to get legacy UPnP certification for a fee.

"We are not forcing anybody to join OIC," he said.

The idea for the deal came as the two groups realized they had many members in common and were trying to address some of the same issues, UPnP's Lofgren said. The organizations did not disclose any financial terms of the deal.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments