The challenge in the Internet of Things market is that many early entrants have developed their own proprietary, vertically-integrated platform from their competitors, Clarke Stevens, principal architect, applications and security technologies at CableLabs wrote in a blog post Wed. “The Internet of Things is quite literally the collection of connected things. At its core, it is not about vertical solutions, specific markets or proprietary things. Like smart phones, it’s a platform for innovation. And, like the Internet itself, it benefits from the mass connectivity and egalitarian nature of speaking the same language,” he wrote. The industry needs to stop arguing about what platform is best and start looking for common standards, according to Stevens. To get there, “there is a need for somebody to stand in the middle of the various ecosystems and sort them out for customers.” And eventually, standards will ensure a common playing field where developers can concentrate on their innovations.