An Overview of Open Standards for IoT Communication Protocols


In its simplest terms, an IoT solution is a collection of sensors combined with a centralized management application permitting the user to modify the environment in some way. Examples include being able to monitor the temperature of your home and adjust it based on occupancy; and being able to monitor the progress of an assembly line and validate manufacturing tolerances.

If you’ve recognized that the communications between these devices benefits from standardization, and could be prone to attack, then you’re asking the right questions. Today, there are a variety of IoT communication protocols and standards designed to simplify IoT designs and increase the ability of vendors to innovate quickly. The following list is far from exhaustive, but gives both an overview for some of the popular choices as well as an indication of their security state.

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