The European Union is backing an open source organization called the Eclipse Foundation to develop an ecosystem for IoT, known as AGILE. This will bring together efforts across European nations, industry sectors, universities, and business organizations. Standards are at the heart of the work.
Deciding on technical standards has frequently been the trigger point for the growth of new technologies. Railway gauges, operating voltages, shipping container dimensions – these are just some of the standards decisions which led directly to world-changing developments.
People often confuse innovation with invention. But innovation doesn't have to mean inventing something new. What's important is you introduce something which is new to a particular situation – and make it stick. Time and time again, standards setting is the act which transforms good ideas into real-world success.
The European Union's support for IoT standards signals the trading block's intention to lead in the development of a hyper-connected world. Global competitors must take note. eclipse