HyperCat Gets a British Boost for the Internet of Things

hypercatSteve Ranger of ZDnet reports, “A group trying to make it easier for Internet of Things devices and services to work together has won £1.6m in funding from the UK government's Technology Strategy Board. The group of 40 companies — including BT, ARM, and KPMG — is working on a standard for IoT interoperability called HyperCat. The new funding adds to the £6.4m the government has already spent on the project. The idea behind IoT is that everyday items such as thermostats or plant pots can be networked to create new types of services — at a trivial level, for example, a plant pot could tell a thermostat to turn off the heating because the plants were drying out. However, IoT has great potential to enable smart cities and other forms of automation too.”

Ranger continues, “However, making IoT devices communicate is a challenge. While they may collect or analyse similar types of data, such as temperature, they all record it in different ways. HyperCat is an open catalogue specification that allows applications to discover and make sense of data automatically. Because HyperCat offers a common approach to describing the information held on data hubs, it could help developers to find the data relevant to their specific needs more quickly and easily, and the group hopes it can become one of the foundations of the IoT.”

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