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Key Appliance Manufacturers and Open Connectivity Foundation Commit to Advancement of Interoperable, Secure IoT Device Ecosystem

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Leading IoT Standards Body Introduces Enhanced Security and Cloud
Management Capabilities; Announces Intention from Electrolux, Haier, LG
Electronics, Samsung Electronics to Roll Out OCF-Certified Products in
2019

The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), a leading open Internet of
Things (IoT) standards body, today at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany
announce together with the appliance manufacturers, Electrolux, Haier,
LG Electronics, and Samsung Electronics, a novel effort to advance
interoperability within the IoT ecosystem and establish seamless and
secure connected device experiences. In addition. OCF is introducing an
enhanced public key infrastructure (PKI) security model and secure cloud
management capabilities, further strengthening secure interoperability
among the consortium's 400-plus member ecosystem.

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(Left to Right) Dr. Matthew Perry, OCF Chairman, Dr. I.P. Park, President and Chief Technology Offic ...

(Left to Right) Dr. Matthew Perry, OCF Chairman, Dr. I.P. Park, President and Chief Technology Officer, LG Electronics, Dr. Hyogun Lee, Head of Engineering, Samsung Electronics, Wenting Yu, Chief Operating Officer, Haier U+, Jan Brockmann, Chief Operations Officer, Electrolux (Photo: Business Wire)

The industry's lack of a comprehensive compatibility program coupled
with the unbounded growth of IoT is widening the gap created by
compatibility challenges and limits the full potential of IoT among
consumer, enterprise and automotive users. With the introduction of an
enhanced PKI security model and secure cloud management capabilities,
OCF is committed to closing this gap, envisioning a highly secure and
open interoperable device ecosystem in which manufacturers are working
together to establish a unified standard for developers, end users and
everyone in-between.

"With security and integration being quoted as top key challenges across
organizations deploying IoT, according to the latest IDC IoT European
survey, a unified approach towards interoperability and secured
connected devices like the one announced by the OCF today is certainly
welcome. It should help reassure organizations in their current and
future IoT plans of these vendors' intentions to address their key
concerns," said Marta Munoz, Research
Director, IDC EMEA.

Furthermore, Electrolux, Haier, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics
endorse OCF as Diamond Members, as the leading IoT standard technology
and certification program, spearheading OCF's mission to close the IoT
compatibility gap and resolve the practical pain points experienced
within the greater industry and OCF ecosystem, itself comprised of a
range of IoT service and solutions providers, chip makers and device
manufacturers from diverse markets including consumer electronics,
enterprise, healthcare, home automation, industrial and wearables.

As industry leaders within the worldwide smart home devices market,
which is forecasted to ship 549.5 million devices overall in 2018,
according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker1,
Electrolux, Haier, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics are striving
for offering a wave of interoperable OCF-Certified products and
solutions in 2019. The vision is that this momentum will progress into
2020 and beyond in a second wave of OCF-Certified products headed by
OCF's 400-member strong ecosystem, underpinning OCF's ongoing
development of cutting-edge, open IoT compatibility standards, including
the reference implementation code called IoTivity, hosted by the Linux
Foundation.

"The support we have seen from Electrolux, Haier, LG Electronics and
Samsung Electronics underscores the importance of OCF's vision for broad
interoperability in a quickly expanding ecosystem of IoT services,
devices and solutions," said Dr. Matthew Perry, Chairman of OCF. "We're
excited to see that these companies are working to realize the full
potential of IoT, delivering an IoT standard that the industry has long
been asking for."

In addition, OCF is advancing the connected user experience with the
addition of a PKI security model and cloud management capabilities,
arming manufacturers, developers and the greater connected ecosystem
with the tools they need to establish a secure, flexible and reliable
end-user experience.

The cloud management capabilities enable a user to register multi-vendor
devices to his/her account for cloud services and remotely monitor and
control the devices, wherever they are, using a single mobile
application. The addition of PKI to OCF's framework equips manufacturers
with the ability to establish immutable, attestable and unique trust
between OCF-Certified devices. Using a set of certificates to identify
and authenticate the origin of a device, the opportunity for device
fraud and other data risks are significantly diminished.

Through an authenticated portal incorporating PKI and cloud management
capabilities, OCF offers users a single pane of glass view of all
OCF-Certified IoT devices within their network and access to cloud-based
services, such as home security and energy management, remotely and at
the tips of their fingers.

"Security continues to be a top priority for manufacturers and
developers alike, and the addition of PKI and cloud management
capabilities into OCF's core framework builds upon the most critical
piece of device interoperability – identity," said Brian Scriber,
Principal Security Architect, CableLabs, Chair, Security Working Group,
OCF. "OCF is actively making strides to bring a higher level of security
to consumer electronics and establish a fortified connected ecosystem
for end users and businesses alike."

To learn more about OCF's secure interoperability framework, visit our
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About Open Connectivity Foundation

The Open Connectivity Foundation is dedicated to ensuring secure
interoperability for consumers, businesses and industries by delivering
a standard communications platform, a bridging specification, an open
source implementation and a certification program allowing devices to
communicate regardless of form factor, operating system, service
provider, transport technology or ecosystem. OCF and its Diamond Members
believe that secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity is a
foundational component to enable IoT. Learn
more.

(1) IDC, "Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker," August 2018

Member Quotes:

"Electrolux strongly believes in the importance of secure
interoperability between appliances, providing consumers with peace of
mind to use products of various brands in their smart home ecosystem.
The OCF is a key initiative to realize this vision and unlock the
potential of the Internet of Things," said Jan Brockmann, Chief
Operations Officer, Electrolux Group.

"Haier U+ is in full support of OCF's effort on delivering open and
unified specifications, implementation and certification. OCF grows IoT
market by enabling the multi-vendor interoperability. Haier U+ will take
advantage of the mechanism offered by OCF bringing our customers better
user experience", said Wenting Yu, COO, Haier U+.

"At LG, we are integrating AI into a diverse portfolio of everyday
products in the home, on the road, and in the office," said I.P. Park,
Chief Technology Officer, LG Electronics. "We're pleased to use OCF as a
common industry standard of IoT for helping customers realize the
benefits of a seamless and intelligent connected life."

"Samsung sees the OCF is the key to integrate current fragmented market
and make various systems from multi-vendors interoperable," said Hyogun
Lee, EVP and Head of Engineering, Samsung Electronics. "We are happy to
collaborate with other OCF members as well as our partners to provide
seamless and intelligent IoT experiences to consumers through the OCF."

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