Interoperability Standards

The line between the IoT and the IIoT is a thin and malleable one. Many organizations working on standards have their feet in both categories. Here are some of the most important, with a little bit of how they describe themselves. Embedded Computing was used in part to create this list.


The Object Management GroupThe Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium. Founded in 1989, OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and government agencies. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Model Driven Architecture (MDA), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. OMG also hosts organizations such as the user-driven information-sharing Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) and the IT industry software quality standardization group, the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ).


The Industrial Internet Consortium: The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was founded in March 2014 to bring together the organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying, assembling and promoting best practices. Membership includes small and large technology innovators, vertical market leaders, researchers, universities and governments.

This goal of the IIC is to:

  • Drive innovation through the creation of new industry use cases and testbeds for real-world applications;
  • Define and develop the reference architecture and frameworks necessary for interoperability
  • Influence the global development standards process for internet and industrial systems;
  • Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights;
  • Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.


The Open Internet ConsortiumThe Open Interconnect Consortium, Inc. (the “Corporation”) and its Members wish to define and promote a single connectivity framework to enable communications and interoperability in support of the Internet of Things” across multiple vertical markets, operating systems, platforms, modes of communication, transports and use cases and to encourage the development and distribution of products implementing such connectivity frameworks.…/open-interconnect-consortium-forms-liaison-wit…
The IPSO Alliance

Since 2008, the IPSO Alliance has served as a resource center and thought leader seeking to establish the Internet Protocol as the basis for the connection of Smart Objects. The IPSO Alliance provides a foundation for industry growth by fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of IP and its role in the Internet of Things.

Through our work many industries have come to realize the benefits associated with using the Internet Protocol within the IoT and M2M applications. The Alliance is moving forward from explaining “Why use IP”, to “How to use IP”. While we will continue to educate and inform on the numerous fundamental benefits of IP, we have embarked on defining the set of appropriate protocols, architecture and data definitions for Smart Objects so that engineers and product builders will have access to the necessary tools for “how to build the IoT RIGHT”.


AllSeen AllianceThe AllSeen Alliance is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting the Internet of Everything (IoE) through enabling and driving the adoption and innovation of its products, systems, and services in homes and across multiple industries.

The AllSeen Alliance is the 11th Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and its framework is based on the AllJoyn open source project. The AllSeen Alliance recognizes that no one company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the IoE and therefore depends on its members to contribute software and engineering resources as part of their collaboration to advance its development.


Thread GroupIt’s hard to get multiple devices to talk to one another. And until now, no one has been able to do it well.

Most of today’s technologies rely on a single device to communicate with products around the home. So if that device fails, the whole network goes down. Today’s technologies can also be difficult and confusing to set up. And since many devices around the home need to stay connected 24/7, they end up draining battery life quickly.

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