The openURC Alliance was founded in the summer of 2005, immediately following publication of the first Universal Remote Console Standards (ANSI/INCITS 389-2005 through 393-2005).

The implementation of the URC standard is called Universal Control Hub (UCH). The first UCH reference implementation was developed at Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin.

In September of 2006, the openURC movement arrived in Europe by way of IST FP6 project i2home – Intuitive Interaction for Everyone with Home Appliances based on Industry Standards. i2home involved nine partners from five countries: Germany, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, and Czech Republic). While the project was evolving, the ISO recognition was finally obtained with the publication of the ISO/IEC 24752 standard in February 2008.

By early 2009, the first UCH suited for production environments was released by i2home partner and openURC member Meticube. Several so-called extension kits available from other openURC Alliance members were also made available, expanding the functionalities of the UCH into various different ways.

By the end of the 3rd quarter 2010, R&TD as well as product development projects with a total turnover of more than 70 million $ US, involving more than 100 R&TD institutions and companies, are under way, applying the URC standard and technology in domains like e-Inclusion, Ambient Assisted Living, e-Health, Home Automation & Control, Telecommunications, Energy, Mobility, Automotive, Social Networks, Content and Media Management and Public Transport.