IOT News Roundup

Seebo, IBM collaborate to simplify IoT development; Embelin partners with Orange Business Services to offer IoT connectivity in Europe; Thales intros security solutions for IoT devices and data; VMware, VizExplorer announce partnership to provide integrated IoT solutions; Survey highlights importance of interoperability in the Internet of Things.
By Rich Handley

Survey Highlights Importance of Interoperability in the Internet of Things

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an Internet of Things standards body, has announced the results of a survey conducted at CES 2017. After surveying 250 respondents, the results conclude that more than 60 percent of respondents consider standardization and interoperability when it comes to purchasing connected devices, cybersecurity concerns, and overall technological innovation in society.

The IoT market is growing and changing rapidly, but the lack of industry consensus on open standards and protocols hinders that growth, OCF reports. Without seamless interoperability among connected devices, regardless of brand or manufacturer, the Internet of Things cannot reach its full potential, the organization notes, adding that consumers are beginning to recognize the need for open standards to allow IoT to integrate into their lives.

"These survey results are a clear indicator that the issue of interoperability has come to the forefront of consumer concerns when it comes to IoT," said Joonho Park, OCF's executive director, in a prepared statement. "With a unifying standard in place, which provides a consistent standard of security, privacy and device definitions, we can defragment the market to ensure the future entails a world where all devices, despite vendor, can communicate with one another and the Internet of Things can reach its full potential."

The IoT industry is growing rapidly, the survey reports. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they currently own three or more connected devices, while 80 percent said they plan to buy a connected device in the next six months, and 54 percent indicated that they prefer their devices and appliances connect to the internet

Interoperability is a main concern for consumers, according to the study. Sixty-three percent of respondents said it's very important their devices interoperate and communicate seamlessly, with 37 percent citing a lack of interoperability as the biggest limiting factor to universal adoption of connected devices, and 25 percent reporting security and privacy concerns. Consumers said they recognize a need for industry standards; 73 percent of respondents said industry standards are very important to technology innovation, while 60 percent indicated they would be much more likely to purchase connected devices if there was a security certification

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