Hypercat is set to become the open protocol for IoT and smart city devices

Why an open standard is required?

IoT is about interoperable connected devices. In a smart city environment, it is a given that for multiple devices to make up different subsystems of the complete solution, all the devices has to talk the same language. It is important to have a standard common language so that different devices from different manufacturers can be connected and can be integrated seamlessly to provide meaningful data on a single common interface to aid decision making.

As per a McKinsey report published in June 2015, Interoperability between IoT systems is critical. Of the total potential economic value the IoT enables, interoperability is required for 40 percent on average and for nearly 60 percent in some settings.

Hypercat aims to be the global standard

Hypercat LogoHypercat aims to be the BACNET or MODBUS of IoT. This allows for interoperability and open communication between connected devices, meaning streetlights can be communicate with parking sensors and not just other streetlights.

It is new and so not yet globally accepted open specification standard developed by a consortium of 40 UK-based companies, educational establishments and local authorities. It works by creating an online catalog tagged with metadata that can be read by other IoT devices.

As per the official press releases, The Hypercat Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that is driving secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) for industry and cities. Hypercat has two main areas of focus. Firstly, it has created a standard which is making IoT data more discoverable and interoperable. Secondly, Hypercat has brought together a consortium to drive forward interoperable smart city innovation. Hypercat has nearly 1,000 members and growing. The HyperCat specification allows Internet of Things clients to discover what data an IoT server has available. It is built on the same Web standards that are now common for that interface, i.e. HTTPS, REST/HATEOAS, JSON. With HyperCat, developers can write apps that will work across many servers, which helps to break down the walls between today’s vertical silos.

Support for Hypercat

HyperCat consortium is led by Flexeye, an IoT solutions provider, and backed by Innovate UK, the Mayor of London’s Office, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Other than in India, it runs an accelerator office to help plan the smart city strategy in the UK.

Hypercat is recently in the news for its first foray outside the UK as it got accepted by an alliance of Internet of Things (IoT) industry players, corporates and government as a technology standard to support the development of smart cities in Australia.

Hypercat was launched about 3 years back and it already boasts of more than 1,000 members  including leading industry players who have joined together in the Hypercat Alliance which aims to create an inclusive one-stop shop of best practice IoT implementation through the sharing of knowledge of processes and applications. There are four categories of partners with varying levels of commitment.

With companies like Cisco, Accenture, KPMG, Symantec, ARM, BT and Fujitsu joining as Advisory Board and names like Intel, Huawei, IBM also in the list of partners in the Alliance besides representation from leading universities, Hypercat is set the platform to become the accepted global standard for communication for #IoT devices.

Presence in India

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India with it’s more than 100 cities aiming to become smarter has been the smart choice for Hypercat to setup Hypercat Incubator at Kondapur in Hyderabad nurturing start-ups in the domain of IoT and Smart City. Launched in December, 2015 the 8,000 sq.ft facility at Kondarpur in Hyderbad aims to incubate 40 startups which are focusing on IoT and smart city technologies. Apart from providing furnished and services offices to the startups, Hypercat Incubator provides guidance to the newbies towards development of functional solutions for urban problems leveraging the Hypercat standard for interoperability.

In July, 2016, a similar facility has been announced at Vishakhapatnam through an agreement with Silicon Coast Foundation, the registered not-for-profit organisation managing Startup Moksha at Rushikonda IT SEZ in Vishakhapatnam.

What else?

HyperSpace is an annual event in London and an opportunity to showcase the applications to the rest of the world, will help gain huge credibility for the startups.

HyperAngels is in the process of formation which be a forum of angels from all over the world ready to be accessed by the startups committed to Hypercat standards.

Reference Links:

1) http://www.hypercat.io/ – Official website of Hypercat

2) http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/business-technology/our-insights/the-internet-of-things-the-value-of-digitizing-the-physical-world

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