(Editor’s note: Joe Procopio is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of ExitEvent. He is also currently the VP of Product Engineering for VC-backed startup Automated Insights. Joe writes about new and shiny things at TechJournal, News & Observer, WRAL TechWire and other bylines, and this week he discusses the make-up of the Internet of Things in this story as part the news partnership between WRAL TechWire and ExitEvent.)

DURHAM, N.C. – One of The Open Interconnect Consortium, a group of big tech companies including Intel, Samsung, and Dell, announced last week their intention to create and open-source a specification for connecting the billions of things that make up the Internet of Things. This is the sole purpose of this consortium, and they’re starting with smart homes, smart offices, and smart cars.

Their mission is to define “the specification, certification, and branding to deliver reliable interoperability” between all wireless-enabled devices across all operating systems: Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and so on.

In other words, if you’re smart watch and your smart television can seamlessly talk to one another via this platform, they’ll be certified and branded as such. Concepts like user identity, authentication, proximity, onboarding and provisioning, and of course communication, would be plug-and-play between any two certified devices.

As you can imagine, this announcement went out without a ton of fanfare. In comparison to March headlines touting a bot breaking the story of an earthquake, this was a blip.

I can see why. This isn’t layperson news. This is rocket science, or rather, robot science. And unless you’re talking about the Terminator or Robocop or some other machine putting a human out of a job (and/or eventually killing them), people tend to want to get back to enjoying their slow news day.

But this story has much bigger implications for automated content than the template-driven ramblings of an earthquake sensor. The full story can be read online at ExitEvent.