Standardization Critical to the Success of Cloud and Connected Devices, Says UPnP Forum
BEAVERTON, OR, Sep 10, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Only a standardized approach to the cloud-delivered service
environment will enable a breakthrough in interoperable seamless
service integration into devices, warns global networking standards
group, the UPnP Forum. This announcement comes during the IBC in
Amsterdam, where a focus is being placed on the pioneering
applications and technologies that are driving the future of device
"Currently there is a real lack of standards for cloud service
delivery and combined with the proliferation of next-generation
services, many users are left flipping between a multitude of
applications or frustrated at the lack of support on their platforms.
The lack of certified standards makes it difficult, if not
impossible, for manufacturers to innovate the user experience and
provide seamless services to the end consumer," says UPnP Forum
President and Chairman, Dr. Alan Messer.
The concept of connected devices is fast evolving with cloud-devices
currently a hot topic. The recent developments in cloud services
delivered to apps and the implementation of other types of home
networks (utility provider's Smart Grids for example), as well as the
changes witnessed in over-the-top content delivery, are expected to
further impact the dynamics of the market.
"With the shift to a service plus device-based world, it is critical
that there are standards in place to ensure the easy discovery of
cloud services for seamless integration into cloud-attached devices.
Standards have therefore never been more paramount -- they will allow
end experience innovation and integration while ensuring
compatibility and interoperability."
"The industry as a whole needs to work together to ensure levels of
interoperability as never before and events like the IBC provide the
perfect platform to explore a host of new technologies, applications
and innovations. Connectedness everywhere is closer than ever to
becoming a reality and the IBC demonstrates the industry is finally
starting to come together."
"UPnP Forum has taken a key role in the technologies and standards
market for device interoperability and more recently we've expanded
our efforts with the creation of our UPnP+ initiative, which is
focused on delivering new technical capabilities to enhance
functionality and meet the need for always-on services," concluded
UPnP Forum is the global standards body that has paved the way for
seamless connectivity between more than a billion home devices, and
for more than a dozen years, UPnP technology has offered unique
capabilities for consumer electronics and computing devices. The
Forum continues to make major advancements and has recently widened
its scope into Device Management Protocols as it continues its work
in standardizing and managing the operation of LAN IP devices within
the home network.
Last year, the Forum formed its E-Health and Sensors (EHS) Working
Committee, which is addressing consumer-electronic industry
opportunities in the areas of home personal health and wellness, as
well as the increasing availability of sensor applications to monitor
and control devices within the home. UPnP Forum has also made
significant progress with its Home Energy Management and SmartGrid
Working Committee and its Audio / Video Working Committee, further
strengthening its commitment to device-to-device interoperability and
simplifying network implementation.
For further information about UPnP Forum please go to www.upnp.org.
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About UPnP Forum
UPnP Forum, established in 1999, is a global
alliance of more than 985 industry-leading organizations working to
enable device-to-device interoperability and facilitate easier and
better home networking. The Forum promotes the adoption of uniform
technical device interconnectivity standards and certifies devices
conforming to these standards. UPnP Forum is an impartial group
enabling member companies to participate and develop extensions to
the UPnP Device Architecture, which defines how to use the Internet
Protocol (IP) to communicate between devices, and Device Control
Protocols (DCPs), which are services between devices. Members of UPnP
Forum include market leaders in computing, printing and networking,
consumer electronics, home appliances, automation, control and
security, and mobile products.
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