Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Brillo, Intel’s IoTivity, or Qualcomm’s AllJoyn…
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Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Brillo, Intel’s IoTivity, or Qualcomm’s AllJoyn. IoTivity: Operating on a constrained application protocol (CoAP), Intel’s IoTivity is being proposed by the Open Internet Consortium (OIC). Middleware that’s focused on security, simplicity and rapid development, IoTivity has limited platform support – it doesn’t support HTTP. However, it is open source since any device manufacturer can use it (Intel has relinquished control of it to the OIC). “A central tenet of the open source movement is the need for open standards, and IoTivity provides a reference implementation of this standard,” says Fletcher. “Open standards do not oblige anyone to adopt them but rather rely on being the most compelling implementation available.” AllSeen AllJoyn: Qualcomm’s AllSeen Alliance – a breakaway from the Open Internet Consortium – is pushing the AllSeen AllJoyn standard, which is already used by Panasonic multi-room audio systems and by LG’s smart TVs (both companies are members). It natively supports common platforms like iOS, OS X, and even Windows 10, though this wide support does bring some complexity. There are also some worries over security.
“From a technical point of view AllSeen AllJoyn would be the most attractive framework to work with,” says Fletcher, who adds that he expects Brillo/Weave and IoTivity will eventually meet halfway, or support one another seamlessly. Given the appearance of HomeKit and Brillo, IoTivity and AllJoy probably have a bigger future outside of the home. “IoTivity and AllJoyn will receive more attention within the industrial application sphere where the demands of the specific application will require either the interoperability of AllJoyn or the rapid development environment of IoTivity – or eventually Brillo/Weave,” says Fletcher.
Who will win? “Apple or Google will be the first companies to achieve that, since both companies already have their own ecosystem of devices, thus a reason to push towards such technologies,” says Aiginitis, who can foresee a situation where some might be using iFridges that are connected with the Apple framework of our iHome. However, Google Brillo gets the rod as the dominant smart home framework of the future. “I would personally give the lead to Google, since it recently acquired Nest and has a wider range of products under the Android family,” says Aiginitis. As always, the market will decide, but don’t expect one single platform to emerge. “The vastness of the opportunities relating to IoT may well mean that there is sufficient space to support two or three dominant frameworks, as well as a range of more specialist ones,” adds Fletcher. It is, however, very early days. “Since we are only a few seconds after the starting pistol of this race sounded,” says Aiginitis, “the next few years will be full of surprises.”