Shaping better connected products.

The Open Internet of Things Certification Mark is a global community-led effort to develop a consumer-facing certification mark for connected products or consumer-facing products that take advantage of any communications technologies to function.

We have developed 33 principles that we think address some of the most pressing issues in the development of secure, ethical, consumer-facing connected products.

We have sorted them according to whether they are essential, nice to have but don’t pose a threat, and best practice in a world where open source approaches to product development are embraced fully.

Click below to find the principles as A4 cards and an A3 poster you can print out and use to workshop or discuss in your organisation.


Why are we working on this?

We would like to apply the upcoming regulations like GDPR  in the unregulated space of connected products (or internet of things).

We consider the current technical standards that address this space too narrow in their focus, unaffordable for most SMEs and difficult to implement without access to expensive resources. 

We are taking an open approach to make these good practices accessible, affordable and easily understandable to founders of young companies in the internet of things sector, most of which do not come from an engineering background.

Badly designed connected products have a negative impact on consumers, at different levels:

  • Customers are at risk because of security flaws at a hardware or software level.
  • Customers are at risk because of aggressive, often surreptitious, data-driven business models that have the ability to supercede and block access to a physical functionality.
  • Customers are given limited choices in buying connected products as most will currently suffer from:
    • short-lived production runs or limited duration service provision
    • high fail-rate of products
    • little customer service provided
    • limited repairability and as a consequence lead to an increase in e-waste.

We believe these problems are not insurmountable and by sharing openly what we think is best practice we can encourage not only large organisations to do better work but also smaller startups who are the lifeblood of the internet of things.