The multitude of disparate Internet of Things (IoT) standards is due to be stripped down to a more manageable number to encourage better practices in the IoT arena.
That's according to Peter James, market development manager for governance and resilience at the British Standards Institute, speaking today at Computing's IoT Business Summit 2016 in London.
He warned that many of the proposals currently masquerading as IoT standards are really technologies looking for a purpose, rather than bespoke systems.
"What I think will happen is that there will be a shakeout. All of those standards just can't exist. A couple of them are already, effectively, dead already," said James.
"Often, standards move to get the work rather than saying: 'Here's the business case that we have developed. There is a need for it' and then build out the standards.
"There are four or five different connected car initiatives, but there aren't enough manufacturers around to support them and they can't all co-exist."
The ZigBee standard has been deployed in various smart meter rollouts, and is touted as a broader IoT standard. But one audience member pointed out that it wasn't originally developed for such a purpose.
James agreed. "ZigBee was initially developed as a rival to Bluetooth almost 20 years ago, and they are not trying to relaunch it again," he said.
He added that some vendors are also involved in multiple, competing standards, so simply following the big names is no guarantee that what they back will emerge as the de facto standard.
"The likes of Intel and ARM are involved in pretty much everything, as are organisations like Samsung. Google is behind Thread and Apple has HomeKit. All the big names are out there," said James.
"Some of these organisations [not just Intel and ARM] are involved in two or three initiatives that are potentially in competition. So there's going to be a shake out."
Taking a more considered approach to developing the IoT is a pertinent subject, particularly when there are concerns that companies are sleepwalking into IoT disaster as security goes unchecked.
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