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I think the problem you’ve spotted is a consequence of a few firms being dominant in IOT markets. Amazon/Google want to set the interoperability rules because it gives them control of the industry, not because it’s necessary to make the IOT devices work. They can do this because they can pour all sort of resources into maintaining their dominance.

Industry-led interoperability is not bad per se. There are lots of examples of industry standards opening up more competition. But the context in which those standards are set is important. Is the standard “everyone gets to control their devices as they see fit using these open tools”, or is it “you must give all your data to Google”?

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