It’s kind of like the early days of the micro-computer when you had Commodore, Sinclair, and Atari... The real explosion happened when interoperability came along — the PC standard — which was sort of the first hardware standard. What we see is that APIs are wiring everything together.
These are the words of CTO Brian Kelly and cofounder of Golgi, a Mountain View California-based startup that's aiming to bring a common standard to the Internet of Things (IoT). Right now, IoT is a very messy space. There are numerous protocols and standards for transmitting information between devices, and as big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM introduce their own platforms - not to mention all the independent startups - there is an increasing need for a common standard.
Venture Beat's John Koetsier likens Golgi to a cloud-based glue for IoT. And it makes sense. The idea of IoT is still very new, but whatever it evolves into it can't be conglomeration of hundreds of different systems that don't communicate with each other. Golgi is trying to fix that.
[Golgi] helps developers create APIs for their IoT devices, build custom connectors for any web service, and give their hardware easy ways to connect to data storage, visualizations, notifications … really, any conceivable third-party web service. That will help IoT companies manage devices, deliver data and apps to those devices, collect data from those devices, and build cloud-based systems to connect disparate devices and platforms.
This new platform is actually available right now, and it currently supports Arduino, Intel Galileo, Samsung ARTIK, and others. Golgi will connect devices using existing (and future) APIs and make it so developers don't have to be tied to a specific platform. With the explosion of new companies on the horizon, and the growing interest in home automation, Golgi could very well be best positioned to be the next major Internet standard.
Source: Venture Beat