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By Rich Handley

SURE Universal Offers Software-Defined IoT Platform Based on Open Connectivity Foundation Standard

SURE Universal Ltd. has announced its Software-Defined IoT (SD-IoTTM) platform, a software solution for digital media, smart homes and the Internet of Things. The company also offers an Android-based Set-Top Box (STB), which includes both smart TV and IoT gateway functionality.

The SD-IoT solution includes a smartphone universal remote client, a cloud platform for communications data and a micro-controller software suite for smart appliances. The platform is designed to enable manufacturers to turn legacy appliances into smart appliances compliant with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) standard, and thus interoperable with other smart-home products.

"The combination of the complete software-defined IoT solution by SURE Universal and open source protocol by OCF promises a future prospect of inexpensive off-the-shelf IoT products with incredible interoperability," said Viktor Ariel, SURE Universal's CEO and co-founder, in a prepared statement, "with the new SD-IoT platform, SURE Universal solidifies its position as a technology leader at the forefront of this exciting new collaboration among the top hardware and appliance manufacturers in the world."

The solution is based on the OCF protocol, an open-source standard for IoT vendors that allows appliances and smart devices to work together, regardless of brand. The OCF protocol originated from a merger of three IoT standards developed separately by Microsoft, Samsung and Qualcomm. The foundation currently has almost 500 members, including most leading appliance vendors from around the world.

The consumer part of the solution is the SURE Universal Remote app for digital media and legacy infrared appliances. The system is available for Android and iOS smartphones and has millions of active users. The latest version of the SURE Universal Remote for Android features Amazon Alexa voice assistant integration. Future versions, according to the company, will include support for Google Voice and Apple Siri.

The SURE Software-Defined IoT separates the control layer from the underlying hardware, so industry players—including smart appliance vendors, STB manufacturers, and multiple-system operators—can provide IoT systems using off-the-shelf devices from multiple vendors, and be assured of their interoperability. They will no longer be dependent on a single supplier for smart devices, the company explains. At present, SURE Universal is integrating the SD-IoT technology with the products of several major appliance manufacturers, to assist them with implementing the OCF protocol and achieving interoperability with other IoT vendors.

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