The IPSO Alliance is a group of individuals and organizations who are passionate about Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability. They have analyzed IoT interoperability, published white papers based on findings and produced data model specifications that define the most comprehensive set of interoperable IP-based smart objects. This interesting topic came to us from the EE Times in their blog post, “IoT Must Escape Silos of Things.”

The previous method for IoT interoperability was the predefinition of things and their every possible permutation. In other words, for things to understand each other, they must literally be programmed to understand everything about each other using some common vocabulary. Unfortunately, the extent to which things in each silo can communicate with things in other silos is a function of human relationships and mergers and acquisitions rather than technical endeavors. A paradigm shift in how we represent data objects is needed to avoid building silos of things.

Melody K. Smith

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