Tech companies work hard to erect ecosystem empires, like Google is doing right now with its Android Wear. Internet of Things is just around the corner now that Samsung, Intel, Dell form Internet of Things platform. Do you remember how excited we all were when we were first offered the possibility to listen to MP3s on our mobile devices? The joy was soon overwhelmed by frustration. Why was this gift offered to us if we could not enjoy it with proper headphones? It was all because the companies decided to go for proprietary connections. Myriads of different headphones invaded the stores, it was a mess. Now finally we can enjoy using a basic function because virtually all producers adopted the 3.5 mm standard audio jack.
One would think that the industry has learned a valuable lesson from this and many other similar stories. But history might be repeated because the industry will soon adopt a new standard. The Internet of Things (IoT) will conquer our homes in just a couple of years. The main problem right now is what standard will the producers adopt? IoT will comprise a vast array of interconnected devices. The list can start with the common refrigerator, washing machine, laptop, TV, and end up with the thermostat and illumination devices. Having a fully automated home is not a new idea. Homes with electronically adjustable centralized functions were a thing in the 80s. The systems were rigid, though. IoT will offer many more options. Besides, we expect every future generation of devices to be fully compatible with the ecosystem.
Samsung, Intel, Dell form Internet of Things platform after other megaproducers joined a different group
This is where the main battle is taking place – establishing the common ground on your own terms as a producer. We are on the verge of witnessing one of the largest clashes between tech giants, because the IoT will be the biggest market in the next several decades.
We have on the one side the AllSeen Alliance with Qualcomm at its base. Other companies who joined this camp are LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Cisco, HTC, and, as of last week, Microsoft. More than 50 members joined AllSeen Alliance so far and their common starting ground will be around a Qualcomm software platform.
On the other side, the founding members of Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) are Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung, Atmel, and Intel-subsidiary Wind River. This group proposes a Linux based open source software platform. OIC plans to recruit new members by the end of the year.
You might wonder where Google and Apple are. The mega producers decided to each go its own way towards the IoT. Apple announced Home Kit in June already.
Because Samsung, Intel, Dell form Internet of Things platform, the new age of automated homes will be a bit more complicated than desired.