Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GCF starts OneM2M certification programme

Steve Rogerson
July 11, 2019
The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has introduced a OneM2M certification programme, following a memorandum of understanding signing earlier this year with the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA).
OneM2M certification through the GCF should facilitate interoperability and standardisation for IoT applications where performance, reliability and security are critical.
OneM2M is a standardisation body for M2M and the IoT, with more than 200 partner members including standards bodies and companies from the IT, telecoms and other sectors. With 5G happening now and the prolific growth of IoT connectivity, OneM2M certification could be critical to the standardisation of converging technologies from multiple industries, ensuring scalability, interoperability and security.
“The launch of our global OneM2M certification programme means that manufacturers of M2M devices will have access to a simplified interface for all their certification requirements,” said Lars Nielsen, CEO and general manager of the GCF. “Together with our 5G certification programme, we can now provide a suite of certification solutions for the smart connectivity space that will guarantee the sustained success of IoT deployment as it takes off.”
The GCF’s collaboration with the TTA – one of OneM2M’s founding partners responsible for global testing to help drive the certification of OneM2M standards – has been moving forward at pace to leverage the GCF’s proven processes for developing certification requirements and producing OneM2M certification specifications.
This announcement is the culmination of this partnership, a global certification offering for anyone involved in M2M and IoT development.
“The exponential growth of the M2M and IoT market can only succeed with standardisation, which is why we work with partners like the GCF and TTA,” said Roland Hechwartner, technical plenary chair at OneM2M. “The availability of this GCF certification programme means a guarantee of seamless operability for developers who are building applications with data from multiple different sources or deploying devices that use a plethora of communication technologies.”
The GCF, founded in 1999, defines the certification requirements for the mobile industry by working closely with 3GPP, a cooperation of independent standardisation committees – Arib (Japan), Atis (USA), CCSA (China), Etsi (Europe), TSDSI (India), TTA (South Korea) and TTC (Japan) – that define specifications for wireless standards. The GCF’s expertise in mobile standards is built on its ability to bring together technical experts from around 140 of the world's manufacturers, operators and the test industry.
OneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world’s standards development organisations – Arib, Atis, CCSA, Etsi, TIA (USA), TSDSI, TTA and TTC, together with four industry fora or consortia – CEN, Cenelec, GlobalPlatform, OMA SpecWorks – and over 200 member organisations. Its specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety and health.
Founded in 1988, the TTA is a private voluntary organisation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) that develops and establishes ICT standards and offers internationally recognised one-stop testing and certification services for standard ICT products.
Nadja Rachow, communication director at Etsi, will take on the position of chair of OneM2M’s marcom committee. She brings 20 years of experience within prominent international groups across the automotive, energy, transport and logistics industries. This includes her most recent role prior to joining Etsi as communication director at Deutsche Bahn in France.