Samsung Electronics, Intel and Dell have joined up to establish standard ways for smart devices to talk to each other. The new Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) aims to establish how devices work together in the emerging sector known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The consortium also includes chipmakers Broadcom and Atmel.
As manufacturers introduce Internet-connected smart home products such as television, burglar alarms, televisions and light switches, current devices are often incompatible with each other. OIC's goal is to create a standard for IoT devices to allow them to communicate - no matter what the operating system is.
The first open-source code will focus on smart home and office solutions with developers remotely controlling appliances using smartphones, tablets or PCs.
Intel's vice president Doug Fisher said that the rise and ultimate success of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information.
'This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards,' he explained.
'Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company's solution.'
Meanwhile, Qualcomm encourages technology firms to adopt AllSeen for IoT - the open source released following its work with AllJoyn. More than 60 companies have now adopted AllSeen, according to Qualcomm. Commenting on the AllSeen standard, Intel said it found it lacking in support for industry standard security and intellectual property protection.
Technology giants Apple and Google are also pursuing ways of connecting up household devices. Apple's HomeKit will integrate control of devices such as lights and thermostats. Google's Nest integrate third-party products with its range of thermostats and smoke detectors.