Back in February, Microsoft announced that they are joining other industry leaders to create the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), a new standards body for IoT which is committed to furthering industry standards for the Internet of Things. Along with founding members Cisco, Electrolux, General Electric, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and others, Microsoft is claimed at that time that OCF is the world’s largest open IoT standard group.
Today, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and AllSeen Alliance announced that the two organizations are merging under the OCF name and bylaws. The newly merged groups will collaborate on future OCF specifications, as well as the IoTivity and AllJoyn open source projects.
OCF will now sponsor both the IoTivity and AllJoyn open source projects at The Linux Foundation. Both projects will collaborate to support future versions of the OCF specification in a single IoTivity implementation that combines the best of both technologies into a unified solution. Current devices running on either AllJoyn or IoTivity solutions will be interoperable and backward-compatible. Companies already developing IoT solutions based on either technology can proceed with the confidence that their products will be compatible with the unified IoT standard that the industry has been asking for.
The merger is designed to leverage the strengths of each organization. To this merger, the AllSeen Alliance brings its diverse, global membership, proven AllJoyn technology, and millions of AllJoyn-enabled products into the market through the AllJoyn Certified program. OCF brings its deep membership roster, formal IoT standards with expertise across multiple vertical markets and cloud-native architecture as implemented within the IoTivity framework.
Read more about it here.