“We are in the beginning of the beginning. There is no clear architecture, but there is an amazing opportunity to rethink systems around us to enable efficiency and safety,” said Sanjay E. Sarma, professor of mechanical engineering and co-chair of the Auto-ID Labs at MIT. The Auto-ID Labs are a network of seven academic research labs that are working on the next generation of IoT.While a universal framework that connects all devices is ideal, the benefits are double-sided, according to Daniel Miessler, practice principal at HP Fortify.“On one hand you are unifying so that you can build security in one place and get the benefit across all systems that are using that protocol. But on the opposite side, the other edge of that sword is basically if you have vulnerability and it is unified, well now everything using it is now vulnerable,” he said.Another challenge of a universal framework is that multiple organizations are working on multiple frameworks, according to MIT’s Sarma. When it comes to products and solutions, organizations want to be No. 1—and it is no different with the Internet of Things. As more and more devices and appliances begin to connect to the Internet, organizations are racing toward the Internet of Everything, trying to connect IoT devices with other IoT devices.“You can’t have an Internet of Things if the things can’t communicate with each other,” said Steve Eisenstadt, Linux Foundation spokesman. “It won’t work if individual vendors pursue siloed visions. The Internet of Everything connotes innovation beyond simple machine-to-machine communication to a level of highly intelligent interoperability among devices, systems, services and the people they serve.”Currently, companies have rolled out or announced upcoming devices that talk to devices by the same manufacturer. For example, Bosch and LG both introduced a smart refrigerator with the ability to take photos of the contents inside and send a grocery list to a user’s mobile device at the 2014 IFA consumer electronics trade show.In order to connect IoT devices to other IoT devices, organizations are working to create a universal framework that would do that regardless of operating system of manufacturer.