Open Connectivity Foundation

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Open Connectivity Foundation
FormationFebruary 19, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-02-19)
TypeStandards organization
PurposePromoting standards for the Internet of things
Many member organizations[1]

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is an industry organization to develop standards, promote a set of interoperability guidelines, and provide a certification program for devices involved in the Internet of things (IoT). By 2016 it claimed to be one of the biggest industrial connectivity standards organizations for IoT.[2] Its membership includes Samsung Electronics, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Electrolux.[3][4][1]

The OCF delivers a framework that enables these requirements via a specification,[5][6] a reference implementation[7] and a certification program. IoTivity, the open source reference implementation of the specifications, is actively developed by different members of the OCF.


The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) began as an industry group to develop standards and certification for devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) based around the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP).[8] OIC was created in July 2014 by Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics.[9] Broadcom left the consortium shortly after it was established, due to a disagreement on how to handle intellectual property.[10]

In September 2015 a release candidate of the specification in version 1.0 for the core framework, smart home device, resource type, security and remote access capabilities was released.[11] By November, 2015, "diamond members" included Cisco Systems, GE Software, Intel and Samsung.[12]

On February 19, 2016 the OIC changed its name to the Open Connectivity Foundation and added Microsoft, Qualcomm and Electrolux.[13]

In November 2018 it was announced version 1 of the standard was ratified by International Organization for Standardization as ISO/IEC 30118-1:2018.[14]

In November, 2019, OCF released a draft "cloud API" for cloud computing services in addition to device-to-device and device-to-cloud service specifications.

By 2021, "diamond members" were Haier, LG Corporation and Samsung.[15]

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  1. ^ a b OCF Membership List
  2. ^ "IoT Standards Get a Big Push: Meet the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF)". 23 February 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ Stowe Boyd. "Gigaom - New Open Connectivity Foundation combines Open Interconnect Consortium and AllSeen Alliance".
  4. ^ Paul Sawers (19 February 2016). "Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, & others launch IoT standards group: Open Connectivity Foundation". VentureBeat.
  5. ^ UPNP Specification Page
  6. ^ OCF Specification Page
  7. ^ "OCF Reference Implementation Page". Archived from the original on 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  8. ^ Wolf, Michael. "Smart Home Show: The Open Interconnect Consortium". TECHNOLOGY.FM. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  9. ^ Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group
  10. ^ It’s an IoT standards shakeup as Broadcom dumps Intel’s Open Interconnect Consortium
  11. ^ |OIC Candidate Specification 1.0 released
  12. ^ "List of OIC members". Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  13. ^ Microsoft, Qualcomm Join Rebranded Internet of Things Club
  14. ^ The International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission Joint Technical Committee 1 approved the Open Connectivity Foundation Specification as an Internationally Recognized Internet of Things Standard
  15. ^ "List of OCF members". Archived from the original on May 7, 2021. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  16. ^ "Open Source IoT Standards IoTivity and AllJoyn Merge". The Security Ledger. 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-18.

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