IoT Standards / Organizations

It’s been an exciting past 2 months since my initial post “IoT Wireless Technologies“. Since then my brief article “Interactive Map of IoT Organizations” has seen a lot of feedback on LinkedIn and on my blog. Most of the feedback has been from organizations asking to get on the map but also from individuals who have found the resource useful when researching IoT organizations. At this point, the map has been viewed ~ 10,000 times. My most recent post on “IoT Programming Languages” also did quite well and ended up being a featured article in IoT Central thanks to David Oro.

The Google Sheet I used is now breaking (“Aw Snap!”) under pressure. I’ve spent the last few weeks going back and getting specific street addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for as many of the organizations that I could. I’ve cleaned up the data, re-worked the categorizations, and of course added oodles of organizations. I added organizations that I found on my own plus those suggested on LinkedIn and on my blog. I now have 17,163 data points across 600 organizations delivering 768 product lines. I really need to move it to a true DB now that the 398 different data attributes I collect have stabilized. A big challenge is that some companies expose very little technical information on their Web sites. Some appear to be re-brading themselves to take advantage of the IoT trend while others are full-fledged IoT companies.


One category of organizations that is super important for the wide-spread adoption of IoT, especially in the home, are standard specifications and interoperability organizations. Interop organizations are needed that can specify, test, and certify interoperability both at different levels, from the physical, radio, up to the application levels.

Below are the set of standards and organizations that I have come across so far. If you know of others, please comment on this post or send me a private note on LinkedIn. This is not a comparison of the organization or standards, simply a list in case you needed somewhere to start on your IoT journey.


enOcean : ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X ] An energy harvesting wireless technology used primarily in building automation systems

M2M Alliance : M2M Summit

[ ] Promotes M2M technologies and solutions

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) : Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB)

[ ] A utility-led project dedicated to incorporating common utility data models and applying IoT communication and publication/subscription protocols to create an Open Field Message Bus (OFMB)

Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI)

[ ] The European Alliance for IoT innovation

IoT Consortium

[ ] An organization dedicated to growth of the IoT marketplace and development of sustainable business models.


IETF : Open Trust Protocol (OTrP)

[ ] A protocol to install, update, and delete applications and to manage security configuration in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)

Onviv : Profiles S, C, G, Q

[ ] An open industry forum on a standard for interfacing IP-physical security products



AllSeen Alliance (DEAD) : Alljoyn

[ ] A disbanded organization which created a collaborative open-source software framework called Alljoyn that allowed devices and applications to discover and communicate with each other. AllSeen has merged with Open Connectivity Forum.

Eclipse : Eclipse IoT

[ ] An ecosystem of companies and individuals working to establish an IoT based on open technologies.

IEEE : P2413

[ ] A standard for an Architectural Framework for IoT focusing on networking, communication, compliance, dependability, and security

Industrial Internet Consortium

[ ] A not-for-profit setting architectural framework and direction for Industrial Internet. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel

IPSO Alliance

[ ] Promotes the Internet Protocol as the network technology of choice for connecting Smart Objects around the world.


[ ] A Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) protocol

Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Open Connectivity

[ ] Created an IoT specification and sponsors iotivity, an open source framework implementing the specification.

OpenFog Consortium : OpenFog

[ ] A group that accelerates the adoption of fog computing to solve bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Tactile Internet




[ NB-IOT ] a narrowband radio technology to address the requirements of IoT

Bluetooth SIG : Transport Discovery Service (TDS)

[ ] An energy-efficient specification for IoT

LoRa Alliance :

[ ] A low powered WLAN communications for IoT, machine learning, industry, and other applications

Open Thread

[ ] An open source 6LoWPAN-based Thread wireless networking standard for IoT

Thread Group : Thread

[ ] An open standard built on top of the 802.15.4 and uses 6LoWPAN for end-to-end IP-based wireless Device-to-Device (D2D) communication. “Nest, now part of Google’s parent, Alphabet, uses Thread as part of its Weave system for connecting smart devices around the home” [1]

Weightless SIG : IIoT Open Standard

[ ] A 3GPP grade LPWA IIoT open standard connectivity

Wi-Fi Alliance ] A global non-profit association with the goal of driving the best user experience with a new wireless networking technology – regardless of brand

ZigBee Alliance : Zigbee ] An ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications

ZWave Alliance ] A consortium of 375+ manufacturers and service providers for interoperablity of wireless IoT devices in smarthomes



[1] Nest gives Thread IoT protocol group a new president and a new open-source implementation, Peter Sayer, Network World, May 12, 2016 7:48 AM PT

[2] The IoT Ecosystem Calls for an Efficient Open, Workable StandardKuruvilla Mathew, Aug 12, 2016

[3] Comparative advantage in IoT standardization, IoT Mobile, Ken Figueredo, Aug 2, 2016

[4] Internet of Things Protocols, Postscapes

4 thoughts on “IoT Standards / Organizations

  1. Bassem Ghebrial

    Very interesting Map indeed.
    i hope that you can add MasterOfThings IoT AEP as well 🙂
    we have MasterOfThings IoT AEP, you can check it at it makes IoT application development an easy task with drag and drop ease of use.
    we would be happy if you check the this 5 minutes video for quick details.

    We are based in Egypt, Cairo, Smart Village. it is easy to find it on Google maps.
    our company web site is
    Thanks in advance for adding MasterOfThings to your map.

  2. Ophélie Durand

    Hi Bernie,
    Such an interesting map!
    We would love to be part of it, could you add us too?
    We are Wia, we power the future of the Internet of Things by enabling devices, servers and smartphones to communicate with one another in a simple, easy way. We take care of the messy cloud infrastructure and expose a globally available cloud API that developers can interact with to build intelligent and complex applications. We want everyone to be able to realize their projects, that’s why our offer is at a very competitive price.
    You can learn more on our website:
    We are based in Ireland, Dublin, in the NDRC digital hub building. You should find us easily. If not let me know!

    Thanks in advance for adding us to the map,
    Have a great day and happy new year 2017!


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