A new consortium of tech companies has formed, dedicated to creating an open-source framework within which all "smart" devices are able to communicate with each other.
One of the biggest criticisms of the internet of things is that currently manufacturers only develop devices that are capable of communicating with their own applications.
To overcome this problem, Qualcomm has joined forces with companies that include LG, Panasonic, Cisco, Sears, Silicon Image and Haier to form the AllSeen Alliance.
The initiative is being formed around Qualcomm's AllJoyn technology, an open-source project launched in 2011 that never really took off. What makes AllJoyn special is its ability to provide a platform on which compatible services can be quickly developed.
"Making AllJoyn open source was actually a reflection of the really strong feeling that we have: that for this to be useful, it has to be ubiquitous," Qualcomm's senior vice president Rob Chandhok told ITProPortal in 2011. "It doesn't do anyone in the ecosystem any good if it becomes vertical or proprietary. So, we want the implementations not to drift from each other, and we want people to actually innovate along with us - so we decided to open-source it."
By making the technology available to the AllSeen Alliance, a new standard for the internet of things can be developed.
Speaking to the Verge recently, Chandhok said: "We're at this place where people are trying to do everything vertically because they don't see another solution, and the Alliance is saying 'here's a big honking piece of functionality Qualcomm is willing to give away. It's a huge problem that needs to be solved... that simply makes no sense for everybody to keep reinventing by themselves over and over."