Heavy hitters tackle Internet of Everything standards

This information provided by Smart Cities Council Global.
Wed, 2013-12-18 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

The new AllSeen Alliance plans to develop unified standards to ensure interoperability of devices, systems and services in the Internet of Everything. Venture Beat calls what they're attempting to do a monumental task. But look at the who's who of tech industry leaders behind the initiative and you'll see there are some major brains represented; Council Lead Partners Cisco and Qualcomm among them.

As a press release announcing the alliance explains, the Internet of Everything is based on the idea that devices, objects and systems can be connected in simple, transparent ways to enable seamless sharing of information and coordinated and intelligent operations across all of them. Bottom line, it's an essential piece of smart cities, smart homes, smart factories and the like.

"As no single company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the Internet of Everything and address every day, real-life scenarios," organizers say, "a united, pan-industry effort is needed to deliver new experiences to consumers and businesses."

The group intends to go beyond the Internet of Things, which Gartner has predicted will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020, to include more functionality and interactions across various brands and sectors, such as the connected home, healthcare, education, automotive and enterprise.

Alliance members will contribute software and engineering resources as part of their collaboration on an open software framework that enables hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services. Here's one scenario of how that would work: A family that installs a smart lock built with the framework for their front door will seamlessly be able to connect it to smart lights that also use the framework and security cameras from other manufacturers. Unauthorized entries can trigger the lights to flash and the camera to take a photo of the intruder and send a notification and picture to their smart TV.

ANSI identifies priority areas for smart city standards

At a recent workshop, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – a member of the Council's Advisory Board – identified a number of priority areas where standardization can contribute to smart and sustainable cities.  These included:

  • A standardized set of definitions/lexicon for smart cities applicable across sectors

  • Interoperability for systems of systems, including common data formats and communication protocols to enable sharing of data between systems

  • Key performance indicators so that measurements are consistent and comparable

  • A baseline guidance document which can be adapted to address the specific needs of sectors

  • Best practices

  • Resiliency for disaster preparedness and recovery

As an outgrowth of the workshop, ANSI plans to develop a proposal for a collaborative to further define standardization needs, particularly through outreach and engagement of public-sector stakeholders.

You can obtain a full report from the workshop here.