CES 2016: SK Telecom, partners demo IoT interoperability

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SK Telecom, in partnership with Samsung Electronics, Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), Atmel and  Axstone, has demonstrated interworking between two heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

The consortium showcased the interoperability between oneM2M and Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) standards at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, U.S.

The demonstration holds significance considering the ongoing debates on the interoperability challenges involved in connecting multitudes of devices with different hardware and running on multiple platforms.

Interworking between different IoT standards is important as it can dramatically expand the overall IoT ecosystem by boosting the development of IoT products and services that can seamlessly interoperate regardless of standards, according to participants in the demo.

Established in July 2012, the oneM2M standard supports mobile communication between remotely located devices. oneM2M currently has 216 participating partners and members consisting of Alcatel-Lucent, Adobe, AT&T, BT, Cisco, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, IBM, Intel, Samsung, Sierra Wireless and Telefonica.

The OIC standard was created in July 2014. It supports seamless communication between devices located in close proximity to each other. Currently, it has around 100 members including Cisco Systems, General Electric, Intel, MediaTek and Samsung.

The demonstration used ThingPlug, SK Telecom’s IoT platform developed based on the oneM2M standard; Samsung Electronics’ OIC devices (refrigerator and TV); Atmel’s sensor and lighting development kit; and gateway applied with oneM2M-OIC Interworking Solution developed by KETI and Axstone.

The participants were able to successfully control the OIC devices via a smartphone by connecting the two different IoT platforms.

“Through close collaboration with Samsung Electronics and KETI, SK Telecom was able to achieve successful interworking between two main global IoT standards, oneM2M and OIC,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO of SK Telecom.

“SK Telecom will continue to share its cutting-edge ICT with developers of both home and abroad to lead the creation of an enriched IoT ecosystem and bring innovative changes to customers’ lifestyles.”

Rajani Baburajan

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