The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) develops international standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). OCF is distinguished by its unprecedented interoperability, state-of-the-art security, and certification program. Additionally, OCF has a fully functional open source implementation and several development tools that enable fully operational OCF IoT devices to be developed in minutes.
One of the tools OCF has produced is an closed source onboarding tool and generic client, called OCF Device Spy. Most IoT devices are servers in the IoT client-server model (lights, locks, meters, etc.). Getting information from these servers and controlling them requires the use of a client.
OCF Device Spy is such a client. Before any server can be queried or controlled, a secure connection must be established between the client and the server. This process is called onboarding. Strong security is critical in the IoT as IoT devices are often capable of having risky capabilities in the real world. For example, locks can be unlocked, lights can be controlled, and sensitive data can be collected. OCF designed top-level security into its specifications from the start. OCF supports three different security methods. These include “Just Works,” “Random PIN,” and “Public Key Infrastructure.” This security ensures that all OCF devices are authenticated to be what they claim to be, authorized to take the actions they are intending to take and that these devices can be disabled if they misbehave.
Device Spy is a client that has passed OCF certification and implements all of the types of OCF security. With PKI security it chains back to a secure root of trust from authorized security vendors. To be clear, OCF implements security as strong as what you use with your bank or to make online purchases. Once Device Spy establishes a secure connection with a server device, nobody else can get access to that device unless the original instance of Device Spy explicitly gives the new client permission.
Once you finish onboarding and have a secure connection between Device Spy and the OCF server you want to control, it list which resouces are implemented in the OCF server.
The list of is built using an “introspection” file that reports all the resources available on the server device. The interaction level is based on the CoAP CRUDN methods with JSON as payloads, Device Spy will convert the input and output JSON data to CBOR to interact with the OCF Server.
Device Spy is currently only available for Windows and can be downloaded here.