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Software bodies announce collaboration framework in Singapore

Specification will accelerate industry innovation and to help ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry

Software and hardware interoperability is key to Singapore's Smart Nation vision
Software and hardware interoperability is key to Singapore's Smart Nation vision

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is creating a specification project to enable the growing billions of connected devices to communicate with one another regardless manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport.


The Internet of Things standards body is also sponsoring an open source project (IoTivity) to achieve that goal and is collaborating with the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) to promote the adoption of this specification.


“Singapore’s Smart Nation programme is a strategic initiative for both the government and the tech ecosystem,” said CK Tan, president of the SSIA.


“Having software and hardware systems that are interoperable is key to ensuring the Smart Nation programme is a success. We are pleased to be working with OCF to promote the adoption of open standards to support the Internet of Things market in Singapore.”


Singapore’s IoT market is expected to be worth more than $700m by the year 2020. The Smart Nation programme is Singapore’s national effort to create a future of better living for all through tech-enabled solutions.


With a programme in place, it is anticipated that OCF’s specification will accelerate industry innovation to ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business and industry.


The collaboration intends to promote the adoption of this specification to small- and medium-sized enterprises and startups in the Singapore Smart Nation ecosystem and to help companies understand and adopt the specifications in their design strategies.


“We are pleased to be working with the SSIA to support the adoption and promotion of OCF specifications in Singapore,” said Richard Brown, head of OCF Asia Marketing Task Force.


The Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) is the voice of Singapore’s semiconductor industry. SSIA members include companies and organisations throughout all parts of the value chain.


This includes: IC design companies; manufacturers; fabless companies; equipment suppliers; photovoltaic companies; EDA and material suppliers; training and service providers; IP companies; research institutes and academia; as well as individual members.


The association started in 2005 under the name MIDAS and is operating with an extended charter under the new name SSIA since 2010.



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