W3C held a workshop on the Web of Things in Berlin on 25-26 June 2014, hosted by Siemens. The Web of Things is expected to have broad and sweeping economic and societal impact. Open standards will be critical to enabling exponential growth of the kind we experienced with the early days of the Web.
Until now, the focus has been on the devices and communications protocols. There is a growing awareness that the business opportunities will be centered on the associated services, moreover, the current situation is one of fragmentation with products being developed in isolation due to a plethora of IoT protocols and a lack of a shared approach to services.
The workshop examined the opportunities for open Web standards for service platforms in the network edge (e.g. home gateways) and the cloud, along with the challenges for security, privacy and the integration with the Web of data. A workshop report is now in preparation. This workshop was supported by the EU project Compose .