ASPEN, Colo.--Despite spearheading disparate Internet of Things alliances, executives from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Intel say that the IoT ecosystem would benefit from having one standard and one platform.
At the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here, Intel President Renee James said that even though the Open Interconnect Consortium, (OIC), which launched last week by Intel, Samsung Electronics, Broadcom and other firms, has the same goal as Qualcomm's AllSeen Alliance, the two groups are approaching IoT differently. "We come from different points of view but we need to make it work, " James said.
While Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms and senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, was not on stage with James, he was prompted to respond to her remarks. "I hope at some point we can merge the two alliances. I don't think it's great for the industry to have multiple approaches," he said.
The OIC Alliance said that it wants to develop a standard for device-to-device connectivity that is modeled on other successful universal standards, such as USB. It also wants to create a standard that is truly open source and is done with mainstream open source licensing with a shared governance. The OIC wants to broaden its scope beyond the connected home to include the automotive and workplace settings. By the end of 2014 or in early 2015 the group aims to finalize the specifications of its standard.
Meanwhile, the AllSeen Alliance uses an open-source implementation of Qualcomm's AllJoyn framework to connect devices to one another regardless of their underlying proprietary technology or communications protocols. AllSeen is run by the Linux Foundation, and the dozens of companies in AllSeen span numerous verticals, including industrial, retail and automotive, not just the connected home.
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