Open Connectivity Foundation

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Open Connectivity Foundation
Open Connectivity Foundation logo.png
MottoOCF is dedicated to providing the key interoperability element of an IoT solution.
FormationFebruary 19, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-02-19)
TypeStandards organization
PurposeBillions of connected devices (devices, phones, computers and sensors) should be able to communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project to make this possible.
Region served
over 300 member organizations[1]

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is an industry organization having as its stated mission is to develop specification standards, promote a set of interoperability guidelines, and provide a certification program for devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT). It has become one of the biggest[2] industrial connectivity standards organizations for IoT, including in its membership Samsung Electronics, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Electrolux.[3][4] Currently, there are more than 300 member companies.[1]

The OCF tries to realize the Internet of Things also called Network of Everything. The IoT requires easy discovery, and trusted and reliable connectivity between things. 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 whose stated mission was to develop standards and certification for devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) based around 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 to the public, accessible also for non members without registration.[11]

On February 19, 2016 the OIC changed its name to the Open Connectivity Foundation and added Microsoft, Qualcomm and Electrolux to its membership.[12]

Currently, there are more than 300 other member partners, including OCF "Diamond Members" companies; Cisco Systems, Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, CableLabs, Electrolux, LG, Haier, Canon, and Samsung.[13]

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

In November, 2019, OCF released a draft Cloud API for Cloud Services (Cloud-to-Cloud) specification in addition to existing Device-to-Device and Device-to-Cloud Service specifications.

See also[edit]

  • IoTivity, an open source reference implementation for the OCF specifications
  • AllJoyn, a similar, collaborating open source framework, also sponsored by OCF[15]
  • Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP)
  • UPnP, a set of networking protocols that permits networked devices to seamlessly discover and establish functional network services


  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. "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. ^ Microsoft, Qualcomm Join Rebranded Internet of Things Club
  13. ^ "List of OIC members". Archived from the original on 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  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. ^ "Open Source IoT Standards IoTivity and AllJoyn Merge". The Security Ledger. 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-18.

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