Introducing the OCF Smart Home Specification

Date : 7-18-2018

Home Automation Technology

For the automated home, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is an industry body that sets the standards to which all enabled devices must adhere in relation to their ability to interconnect and intercommunicate.

Their vision is to innovate and advance home automation technologies, so as to create an environment full of choice for the consumer and interoperability that makes the concept of a fully automated home, a realisable one, even if all the connected devices are from different manufacturers.

The Foundation is a collaborative affair, involving more than 300 of the leading companies and innovators in the industrial, automotive, healthcare and consumer electronics sectors and its the standards that the OCF creates that makes the production of smart home devices possible.

Automated Vs Connected

What needs to highlighted is that there is a very big difference between a home that has numerous ‘connected’ devices and an automated home. For example, in a connected property, there may be many devices connectable to smartphone, each with their own individual app and each requiring input from the user. This kind of setup doesn’t require much in the way of interconnectivity.

However, an automated system differs in that it will act independently and intelligently, based on data it receives from other devices in the home. When you arrive home, this kind of system may notice that you’re back and turn your heating and lighting on for you in preparation for your entry, or it may preheat your oven or turn on the water heater for a post work shower. Automation is what is the word means, operation without human input.

This is only possible if all of the devices in the home are able to effectively communicate with each other and that is for the large part, thanks to the work done by the OCF.


The Early Days of the Internet of Things (IoT)

During the period before the founding of the OCF, IoT and Smart Home Device manufacturers would use their own proprietary platforms, with their own individual and often incompatible system languages. This scenario was deemed to be holding home automation technology back and it is why leaders in the Industry got together to form an environment where connectivity challenges could be worked on jointly and much more effectively.

The latest version of the Industry standard is OCF Specification 2.0, which was published as recently as June 21st 2018 and it includes the very latest guidelines on how smart home devices must be created in order to be compliant. The full set of specs can be viewed on the OCF website

If you would like to know more about anything discussed here or about the Smart Home and IoT platforms we provide at Sure Universal, take a look through the rest of our website. However, if you’re looking to automate your home to make everyday life easier and more ‘joined up’, then fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch soon.

Smart Homes are gaining popularity all the time, as current technology is able to take care of many aspects involved in the running of your home. Take a look at our products and services and what is possible now and you’ll soon realise that an automated  home is much more beneficial and accessible than it ever has been.

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