Tech Groups Team to Promote Internet of Things

A pair of tech associations are joining hands in an attempt to get their arms around the internet of everything.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents tech suppliers, and the Internet of Things Community, a community of IoT companies and advocates, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on initiatives to accelerate the rollout of everything from connected cars and intelligent trains to smart buildings and factories.

The two will share commercial, technical and standardization info with an eye toward "harnessing" the power of IoT to build the smart communities of the future.

The effort will also include teaming up on training and education efforts.

TIA members include a laundry list of tech companies from Apple to ZTE and including Comcast, Motorola, Samsung and Qualcomm. IoT Community partners include Blue Tooth, ReadWrite and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.

“Harnessing the power of the Internet of Things is essential for the successful development of smart buildings and eventually smart cities,” said TIA SVP of technology programs Harry Smeenk. “TIA looks forward to working with the IoT Community to enhance the development of the Internet of Things and enable the digital transformation of smart cities and smart buildings.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.