Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sure makes OCF IoT platform

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018
 
Israeli company Sure Universal announced an IoT platform based on the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) standard at last week’s OCF China workshop in Guangzhou. The OCF standard provides a single language for IoT devices and appliances, enabling them to communicate regardless of the appliance brand and radio communications technology.
 
The OCF standard could be key to interoperability and therefore essential to IoT adoption by end-users, appliance vendors and service operators. In September 2018 at IFA in Berlin, the OCF announced an effort to advance interoperability together with Electrolux, Haier, LG and Samsung, underlining the need for a collaborative platform that furnishes a common communications infrastructure.
 
At the OCF China workshop, Sure demonstrated a production-ready smart home product together with Skyworth Digital of Shenzhen, one of the largest digital set-top-box (STB) vendors in the world.
 
The Sure platform consists of three components, which together harmonise the IoT experience for consumers, manufacturers and operators: a smartphone remote app; IoT cloud; and STB gateway. The IoT platform is independent of hardware devices and IoT radio protocols.
 
Using a software bridge between OCF and various communications protocols, it enables radio interoperability with wifi, Bluetooth, Zwave and other communications protocols. The platform uses OCF-based security, offering the device discovery, authentication and data encryption specified by the standard.
 
"Specifically designed for smart appliance manufacturers, the Sure Universal IoT platform delivers a production-ready, easy to use, standard-compliant IoT solution," said Viktor Ariel, CEO of Sure Universal. "With OCF, our customers can be confident that their IoT solution will be future-proof. Appliance vendors are invited to use the Sure IoT platform for testing their IoT solutions since it represents a complete, customer-tested implementation of the OCF standard."
 
The software IoT platform is available for evaluation and testing and will be launched for mass-production early next year.
 
"It is very good to see a production level OCF solution at the OCF China workshop, which demonstrates that the OCF protocol is mature and ready for adoption by appliance vendors and communications suppliers," said Betty Zhao of Haier Goup, organiser of the workshop.