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IoT Interoperability, Standardization Top of Mind For CES 2017 Participants

March 1, 2017 By Steve Senne in

Interoperability of “Internet of Things” technology was top of mind for the large majority of CES 2017 attendees, according to a survey conducted by the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) at the trade show. Surveying 250 CES attendees, OCF found that more than 60 percent of respondents said they consider IoT interoperability and standardization, as well as cybersecurity and overall technological innovation, when purchasing connected devices.

According to recent market research from IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), just over 6 in 10 Americans (62%) own at least one IoT device. That could be any one or more connected devices that may or may not require human interaction on a regular basis, such as connected/smart TVs, connected vehicles, fitness trackers, home automation technology, Internet-enabled voice command assistants, smart wearable devices or VR headsets. 

The extraordinarily wide scope of IoT tech applicability supports calls to adopt an open industry approach to standards development and ensuring interoperability. Failure to do so would hinder commercial opportunities for all market participants, OCF asserts. That view is reflected in the CES 2017 survey results.

“These survey results are a clear indicator that the issue of interoperability has come to the forefront of consumer concerns when it comes to IoT,” OCF Executive Director Joonho Park said for a press release. “With a unifying standard in place, which provides a consistent standard of security, privacy and device definitions, we can defragment the market to ensure the future entails a world where all devices, despite vendor, can communicate with one another and the Internet of Things can reach its full potential.”

IoT Interoperability

OCF highlights several key, supporting points and associated results from its CES 2017 survey:

The IoT industry is growing rapidly:

  • 67 percent of respondents said they currently own three or more connected devices
  • 80 percent of respondents said they plan to buy a connected device in the next six months
  • 54 percent of respondents prefer their devices and appliances connect to the internet

Interoperability is a main concern for consumers:

  • 63 percent of respondents said it’s very important their devices interoperate and communicate seamlessly
  • 37 percent of respondents said lack of interoperability is the biggest limiting factor to universal adoption of connected devices, while 25% cited security and privacy concerns

Consumers recognize a need for industry standards:

  • 73 percent of respondents said industry standards are very important to technology innovation
  • 60 percent of respondents said they would be much more likely to purchase connected devices if there was a security certification