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W3C launches Web of Things Interest Group

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:00

W3C launches Web of Things Interest Group to enable open markets of interconnected services

Within a few years there will be a great many more connected devices than people. Gartner and others believe that most of the value will be in the services and not in the devices themselves. Today, we see product silos indicative of an immature market. W3C with the support of the Compose project is seeking to enable open markets of interconnected services based upon open standards for web technologies, and leveraging ideas developed within Compose. There are many application domains across a wide range of industry sectors. Part of the challenge is the differences in how people think depending upon their background, e.g. hardware engineers, communication technology specialists, business people interested in the return on investment, governments interested in open data, web developers and Internet companies familiar with web technologies.

W3C is focusing on the app/service layer above the Internet of Things, and the role of scripting and the associated APIs. We’re working on a Web of Things as virtual objects that abstract away from physical objects, and enable layers of interpretation in combination with other sources of data, thereby combining the IoT with the Web of Data. There are opportunities for web technologies in relation to direct access to sensors and actuators from browsers, gateways between the IoT and the Web, and service platforms in the cloud for scalability or at the network edge, e.g. home hubs. Some key considerations include security, resilience, privacy and accessibility. We want to encourage re-use of vocabularies for service descriptions as basis for discovery, and for data representations as a basis for interoperability.

We held a workshop in Berlin in June 2014, and have now launched a Web of Things Interest Group. This is seeking to forge a shared vision for what new standards are needed, starting with a survey of use cases and practices across a wide range of application domains. We invite companies to join the Interest Group to help drive the work forward. We hope to be able to launch standards track work in W3C working groups late this year.

For more information, please see the Interest Group home page: