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IoT standards groups get ready to rumble at CES

Stephen Lawson | Oct. 20, 2015
Fast-moving AllSeen and OIC both are likely to have certified products at the show.

AllJoyn says its certification program is designed to head off IoT frustrations. Tests will verify that a product complies with the software framework and that it will work with other AllJoyn products. Everything that passes the tests will be able to carry an AllJoyn Certified label. One lab in Europe is already approved to run the tests, and labs in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region will be available by the end of the year, according to AllSeen.

There are already more than 120 million products built with AllJoyn in consumers' hands, according to AllSeen. Most of those should be upgradable to achieve certification, said Philip DesAutels, senior director of IoT at the Alliance.

Along with the certification program, announced at the AllSeen Alliance Summit in Seattle, AllSeen unveiled new AllJoyn security features that will allow for things like users, groups, roles and permissions. These can make access controls more granular so users can do things like allow a child to turn on a lamp but not to change its color. The new features can be integrated with existing systems like Microsoft's Active Directory.

These application-level capabilities are in addition to encryption that is already built in to AllJoyn. They are being reviewed by the members of the Alliance, which should happen in the next few months, and are available to developers to try out, DesAutels said.

 

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