The Open Connectivity Foundation to demo fully compatible smart home experience at CES

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an IoT standards body, will showcase products from BSC Computer GmbH, COMMAX, Haier, LG Electronics, Resideo, Samsung Electronics and SURE Universal as a completely interoperable experience for smart homes.

The demonstration is due to take place at the OCF IoT Breakthrough press event on Monday 6th January from 3-6pm PST at CES in Las Vegas.

The devices being demoed will compete OCF 2.1 certification this year, which will ensure robust and secure connectivity between devices. As well as these, many other OCF member companies will launch products based on the OCF specification in 2020. 

According to OCF, secure interoperability will be key in making the IoT successful and thus developing the smart home market further. 

The OCF Certification Program helps manufacturers to create products that “just work” with other OCF Certified IoT devices regardless of their form factors, operating systems, service providers or transports. 

A recognised ISO standards specification, OCF’s 2.1 specification ensures this interoperability is built into all OCF Certified devices. 

To make it even more interoperable, the OCF supports standardised procedures for bridging to other IoT ecosystems and provide detailed implementations for Bluetooth, EnOcean, Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols. 

OCF Universal Cloud Interface
In addition, the organisation has also introduced the OCF Universal Cloud Interface (UCI), a solution to unify the IoT ecosystem through cloud-to-cloud connectivity based on OCF’s work with Open Standards. 

OCF’s UCI is a programming interface that can be used to standardise connectivity between different manufacturers’ cloud servers, and between devices and the cloud. This API helps to streamline partnerships and avoid implementing and maintaining numerous proprietary programming interfaces at once. 

Based on the OCF’s proximity framework, the UCI enables communication between IoT devices and application over a local network. As with OCF proximity communications, an open source implementation is available. 

Article Categories