Fragmentation still hurdle for IoT: industry group
Market fragmentation is still the main challenge to growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), according to the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an Intel-backed industry group.
Headquartered in Oregon, an OIC representative yesterday attended a panel on smart home applications at an annual IT trade show in Taipei.
Secretary Bernard Shung ( ), of the Taiwanese fabless semiconductor firm MediaTek, said that the IoT is considered the most important growth driver for the semiconductor sector in the coming years.
The U.S.-based research agency IDC (International Data Corporation) predicts that IoT-installed base will expand by 15 to 20 percent to reach 26 to 30 billion devices by 2020.
A promising future beckons but is not guaranteed, as the vendors face the ongoing problem of major market fragmentation — IoT’s main hurdle, Shung said.
“Market fragmentation is still a big hindrance. If it’s not addressed,
OIC the market will not grow,” he said.
According to the OIC, a multitude of vendors working with IoT have adopted different protocol, radio standards and service providers, limiting the ability of the Internetconnected “things” to interact with other things.
As a result, many international vendors — including vendors at the 2015 COMPUTEX Taipei — are developing their own cloud storage and apps, Shung said.
“(It’s) a repetitive investment in something that’s slightly different but not differentiated.”
Other looming challenges for IoT are its development complexity and security of its supporting cloud services, according to the OIC.
The authentication, access control, user data privacy and secured execution of cloud-based storage are important because the stakes are so high, Shung said.
A security breach in a smartphone results in a personal loss of identity and assets, but compromised IoT systems may lead to disabled hospitals, flooded fields and other disasters.
“In the IoT world, the damage is bigger,” he said.
Shung was speaking at a panel themed on smart homes at 2015 COMPUTEX Taipei (
), Asia’s largest ICT trade show. Established last year, OIC is among a handful of international organizations that are trying to spell out global industry standards for the IoT, or trying to standardize the protocols set by other groups.
The Intel-backed group vies with the Apple- led HomKit, Googlecontrolled Tread Group and AllSeen Alliance, which is dominated by Qualcomm.
Shung said OIC intends for its standards to begin in IoT devices for the smart home and office, and expand over time to smart hospitals, factories, highways and other applications.
The 2015 COMPUTEX Taipei runs until June 6 at the Taiwan World Trade Center Halls 1 and 3, Nangang Exhibition Hall and the Taipei International Convention Center.
An industry member demonstrates an Internet of Things (IoT) application for smart homes at the 2015 COMPUTEX Taipei, yesterday. Industry representatives said yesterday that market fragmentation still poses a major challenge to IoT growth.