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Internet of Things Standards Groups Merge

IoT standards groups merge

The AllSeen Alliance and rival group Open Connectivity Foundation have announced a merger to speed up the adoption of connected devices. But key players Apple, Amazon and Google still remain out on their own.

The problem with three hyper-competitive holdouts is that none of them seem particularly interested in having their devices work well with the others’ ecosystem. The stated goal of the new OCF, on the other hand, is to ensure that most of the billions of devices out there can and will talk to each other when appropriate.

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The best connected devices and more

Jim Hill at T3 offers a nice little introduction to the Internet of Things and tells us about some of the best gear available right now.

What began in 1982 with an internet connected Coca-Cola machine that could order its own refills, now includes dishwashers, cars, robots, traffic lights, and anything else that might benefit from collecting and acting on shared data. Experts predict that, by 2020, 50 billion such devices will have joined the IoT. But to fit this feature onto six pages, we’ll focus on the smart home and wearables, because that’s where the IoT is having its most immediate and beneficial impact.

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How the Internet of Things could change the world in 2016

According to analyst Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016. So how will those ‘things’ influence our every day lives? Jamie Carter at TechRadar attempts to enlighten us – from a proliferation of bluetooth low energy devices to smart snoozing apps and sensors for the human body, there’s no doubt 2016 will be an interesting year for the Internet of Things.

Nothing stays still when it comes to the Internet of Things…

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Which is the best Internet of Things platform?

Jamie Carter dissects Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Brillo, Intel’s IoTivity, and Qualcomm’s AllJoyn in this battle for supremacy in the Internet of Things platform war. But does it really matter that there are several competing platforms?

Are the IoT and the smart home set for a decade-long format war? Rapidly being talked-up as a pillar of the Internet of Things (IoT), home automation now dominates the horizon, with device manufacturers itching to link everything together in whole-house control systems. However, thanks to the lack of a common platform, the smart home as a joined-up seamless entity is being delayed.

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