Without interoperability, the Internet of Things is a bunch of smart devices that communicate with their own proprietary software. The AllSeen Alliance, formed in December by the Linux Foundation, envisions something more. The consortium is dedicated to creating a universal, open-source framework that lets devices and systems discover and connect with each other, regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating system. Liat Ben-Zur is a driving force. She’s the chairman of the alliance, as well as the lead behind Qualcomm’s AllJoyn technology, which is the foundation of the AllSeen Alliance’s software framework.