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OCF Introduces World’s First International Standard For Smart Homes

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  • Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) will demonstrate universal cloud ionterface-based smart home solutions at CES 2020
  • The OCF is known for supporting standardised procedures for bridging to other IoT ecosystems
  • OCF also provides detailed implementations for Bluetooth, EnOcean, Zigbee and Z-wave protocols

OCF, an Internet of Things (IoT) standards body, today announced that products from BSC Computer GmbH, COMMAX, Haier, LG Electronics, Resideo, Samsung Electronics and SURE Universal will be showcased in completely inter-operable smart home demonstrations at the OCF IoT Breakthrough press event at the Barrymore Restaurant in Las Vegas on Six January 2020. These devices will complete OCF 2.1 certification in 2020, ensuring robust and secure connectivity between devices. Many of these and other industry-leading OCF member companies will be commercially launching products based on the OCF specification in 2020.

“Different configurations of the same OCF UCI can simplify collaboration between device manufacturers who wish to produce IoT devices but do not have the ability to develop and support their own cloud applications. This configuration can also help companies that have cloud applications and wish to expand the number of devices that can connect to them. Specifically, the manufacturers can produce a single device that connects to any cloud application provided both implement the OCF UCI API. This enables a multitude of manufacturers to produce secure, interoperable IoT devices and delivers welcome flexibility to end users,” said John Park, executive director, Open Connectivity Foundation.

The OCF UCI is based on the OCF’s proximity framework that enables communication between IoT devices and applications over a local network. It uses the same data models and core technology. As with OCF proximity communications, an open source implementation is available.

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Smart home global market volume to be more than $141 billion by 2023

Statista research shows that revenue from the smart home market is expected to show an annual growth rate of 17.6 percent, resulting in a global market volume of more than $141 billion by 2023. As the smart home market continues to rapidly grow, secure inter-operability will be key in making the IoT successful.

The OCF Certification Program, as per the foundation, helps manufacturers create products that just work with other OCF Certified IoT devices regardless of their form factors, operating systems, service providers or transports. OCF’s 2.1 specification, a recognized ISO standards specification, ensures this inter-operability is built into all OCF Certified devices.

It is to be noted here that the the OCF supports standardized procedures for bridging to other IoT ecosystems. The foundation also provides detailed implementations for Bluetooth, EnOcean, Zigbee and Z-wave protocols.

What does the IoT aka smart consumer electronics players say

“OCF brings the global IoT industry a fully interoperable and standardized solution with high-level security. Leveraging OCF bridging and the Universal Cloud Interface, Haier U+ will offer our customers the best user experience as always, said Guohuo Chen, general manager, Haier Uplus Intelligent Technology.

“The world has become too complex and diverse for any one company to be able to meet all different demands of customers. LG is driving digital transformation in manufacturing and integrating AI into a whole portfolio of products to eventually provide our customers with benefits of a seamless and intelligent connected experience. We will leverage standardized OCF Universal Cloud Interface to facilitate open collaboration across industries and to realize the full potential of AI for a truly better life,”noted I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics.

“As a founding member of the OCF, over several years we have contributed much to deliver a standardized IoT solution to the market. We anticipate that the OCF Universal Cloud Interface can resolve the current IoT market fragmentation and thus build the unified IoT ecosystem,”stated Hyogun Lee, head of R&D, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics.

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