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The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) has finally released the 2.0 specification called IoTivity 2.0 which is the standard that enables interoperability for the smart home internet of things.

Plainly said by using this standard, smart light bulbs from different vendors will use standard commands to be turned on/off, dimmed or to manage the color of the bulb. Similar standards are written for smart electrical outlets, smart locks or other smart home devices from different vendors. This is actually the standard that is very needed for the fragmented smart home IoT market and we now must wait and see how many vendors will use the standard in their new products, how many of the features of the standard will be implemented and how security will be handled. The current specification now has a lite version for less powerful devices and it currently supports 115 different device types (bulbs, locks, thermostats…). Since there are big companies like Legrand, Electrolux, LG or Samsung that already building or planning to build IoTivity 2.0 compliant devices I would assume that this might be a very good thing for the end customers.

More information can be found here.

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