OpenThings - a free-to-use, wireless communication standard for the IoT created by Sentec

Posted: March 2015

Connected devices and home automation are young, fast growing markets served by a wide range of manufacturers and service providers, all over the world.  For many buyers, the lack of product interoperability is an impediment to take-up.  For many manufacturers, the lack of a suitable communications protocol adds to their product implementation costs.

The OpenThings protocol was originated by Sentec to address these problems.  It defines message structures and essential information exchange sequences to enable manufacturers to collaborate and build interoperable products.  It reduces implementation costs by providing a flexible, small footprint protocol, with helpful notes, that can be implemented quickly and easily into new products.  It is also extensible, so that it can be adapted for new product types in the future.

Sentec has made OpenThings publicly available and wishes only to control one element that will benefit from central administration (the allocation of Manufacturer IDs).  Sentec will not charge any fees, royalty, subscription or any other payment for the use of OpenThings.

Connected devices and home automation are young, fast growing markets served by a wide range of manufacturers and service providers, all over the world.  For many buyers, the lack of product interoperability is an impediment to take-up.  For many manufacturers, the lack of a suitable communications protocol adds to their product implementation costs.

The OpenThings protocol was originated by Sentec to address these problems.  It defines message structures and essential information exchange sequences to enable manufacturers to collaborate and build interoperable products.  It reduces implementation costs by providing a flexible, small footprint protocol, with helpful notes, that can be implemented quickly and easily into new products.  It is also extensible, so that it can be adapted for new product types in the future.

Sentec has made OpenThings publicly available and wishes only to control one element that will benefit from central administration (the allocation of Manufacturer IDs).  Sentec will not charge any fees, royalty, subscription or any other payment for the use of OpenThings.