The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) has agreed to merge with the AllSeen Alliance, in a move that stakeholders claim will accelerate the development of Internet of Things (IoT) services.
This merger will advance interoperability between connected devices, enabling “the full operating potential of IoT” and representing a “significant step towards a connected ecosystem”, according to the groups.
Currently the OCF sponsors the IoTivity open source project while the AllSeen Alliance provides the AllJoyn open source IoT framework. Combined, the newly merged groups will collaborate on all future OCF specifications, as well as the IoTivity and AllJoyn projects.
The expanded OCF board of directors will consist of executives from companies including Arris, CableLabs, Cisco, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Technicolor.
“By coming together as one group, we are able to make IoT a more seamless, secure experience for everyone involved, from developers to end users,” said Danny Lousberg, chairperson of the AllSeen Alliance.
Mike Richmond, executive director of the OCF said: “As we forge onwards towards this shared goal, we are focused on building the most robust, open IoT software solution to achieve our vision – complete interoperability within the IoT.”