In this guest blog post for the IoT Tech Expo, taking place Oct. 20 & 21, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif., IPSO Alliance president and chair Christian Légaré examines why interoperability and open standards matter for the IoT. He also offers a preview of the IPSO Alliance Open House event, taking place just prior to the conference and previews IPSO member companies’ participation in the show.

There continues to be considerable discussion about the Internet of Things (IoT) and what is needed for it to achieve its potential. The reality is that IoT devices will require “more” moving forward: They will need more performance, more capability, more memory, more connectivity, more sensors, more security, etc., but with “less”— lower power consumption, lower cost and smaller packages. They also have to be able to communicate with each other and be interoperable.

Solving these challenges is where open-system standards and organizations like the IPSO Alliance come into play, and where we can have the most impact.