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IBC: Standardisation is critical to cloud’s success, says UPnP Forum

Global networking standards group the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum has alerted that a standardised approach to the cloud-delivered entertainment environment will be crucial if there is to be a breakthrough for interoperable seamless service integration into devices.

“Currently there is a real lack of standards for cloud service delivery and combined with the proliferation of next-generation services, many users are left flipping between a multitude of applications or frustrated at the lack of support on their platforms,” says Dr. Alan Messer, President and Chairman of the UPnP Forum.

“The lack of certified standards makes it difficult, if not impossible, for manufacturers to innovate the user experience and provide seamless services to the end consumer.”

This year’s IBC trade show has undoubtedly been dominated by conversations around cloud-delivered entertainment services to IP-connected devices, and recent developments in cloud services delivered to apps and the implementation of other types of home networks (utility providers’ Smart Grids for example), as well as the changes witnessed in over-the-top content delivery, are expected to further impact the dynamics of the market.

Dr. Messer does not miss the opportunity to promote the new UPnP+ standard, revealed late last month, which adds new technical capabilities to the existing UPnP standard such as access to UPnP devices and services from Web browsers, and bridging to non-UPnP networks.

Last year, the UPnP Forum formed its E-Health and Sensors (EHS) Working Committee, which is addressing consumer-electronic industry opportunities in the areas of home personal health and wellness, as well as the increasing availability of sensor applications to monitor and control devices within the home.

UPnP Forum reports that it has also made significant progress with its Home Energy Management and SmartGrid Working Committee and its Audio / Video Working Committee, further strengthening its commitment to device-to-device interoperability and simplifying network implementation.

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