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The partnership of the two organizations
aims to encourage networking and exchange of experience between their
members for full device interoperability
San Ramon, CA/Portland, OR – October 06, 2015 – The EnOcean Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) today announced a new liaison agreement. This collaboration joins one of the most established wireless building controls alliances with the influential Internet of Things (IoT) association. Both organizations are working to deliver seamless, interoperable connectivity for the IoT. The cooperation will result in solutions using both technologies – the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard and the OIC specification.
The Open Interconnect Consortium has developed a common connectivity framework that allows developers an easier and quicker time to market for their products. The OIC framework works horizontally across and between IoT vertical segments and will benefit companies that want to develop products to address these markets. Using the OIC standard will remove the various ‘island‘ solutions and instead provide a common solution for smart home, industrial, healthcare and more. This standardized approach opens up unlimited possibilities for developers in the IoT field.
More than 400 member companies form the EnOcean Alliance. Founded in 2008, the non-profit organization is dedicated to improve buildings’ carbon footprint, their security and comfort by the usage of energy harvesting wireless control solutions based on the EnOcean standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X). The devices work without batteries and allow a maintenance-free, eco-friendly operation. At the same time, the self-powered sensors build a foundation for the Internet of Things as they allow data collection at places where wires or batteries reach their limits.
“A major challenge of the ever-growing Internet of Things is the ability to deploy devices from multiple manufacturers with compatible communication and supporting services, at massive scale,” explains Mike Richmond, Executive Director, Open Interconnect Consortium. “The multitude of wireless and battery-less sensors represented by the EnOcean Alliance ecosystem are exactly what we have in mind when we say that software for IoT has to be cloud-native from the start. We're thrilled to be working with them.”
“Interoperability is a major task for the EnOcean Alliance. From the very beginning, we built a community with the goal to have products from different vendors communicate with each other. With the explosive growth of the IoT space, interoperability can no longer be limited to one organization. It needs to be expanded to all control standards out there on the market. The OIC consequently pursues this goal by creating not only standard-crossing but industry-crossing interoperability. It’s great that we can now integrate IoTivity with the EnOcean ecosystem into this future-shaping framework. I’m looking forward to a vital know-how exchange and solutions, which will open up new connectivity possibilities,” says Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance.
About the Open Interconnect Consortium
The Open Interconnect Consortium, a Delaware non-profit corporation, is being founded by leading technology companies with the goal of defining the connectivity requirements and ensuring interoperability of the billions of devices that will make up the emerging Internet of Things (IoT).
About EnOcean Alliance
Leading companies worldwide from the building sector collected to form the EnOcean Alliance and establish innovative automation solutions for sustainable building projects – and so to make buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. Nearly 400 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California.
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