Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Global standard released for M2M deployment

Steve Rogerson
February 11, 2015
OneM2M, the global standards initiative for M2M and the IoT, has issued release one of its global standards to help ensure optimised M2M interworking and create a foundation platform for IoT devices and applications.
More than 200 member companies from the across the world contributed to the release’s development through seven ICT standards development organisations and five industry consortia that founded OneM2M. The release is a set of ten specifications covering requirements, architecture, API specifications, security and mapping to common industry protocols such as CoAP, MQTT and HTTP.
The release also makes use of OMA and Broadband Forum specifications for device management capabilities. It provides building blocks to enable M2M and IoT applications to interwork with each other.
“Release one utilises well-proven protocols to allow applications across industry segments to communicate with each other as never before – not only moving M2M forward but actually enabling the internet of things,” said Omar Elloumi, head of M2M and smart grid standards at Alcatel-Lucent and OneM2M technical plenary chair. “Having such a set of specifications working together at the service layer to truly stitch M2M together will allow service providers to support applications and services across a range of industries. This opens up a whole new world – a future of seamless interaction to transform the way we all work and play in the future.”
He said that the horizontal service platform it had created was already useable over several underlying transport technologies, such as Wifi, fixed-line and cellular.
“This reduces the complexity for the M2M application developer, allows lower capex and opex for the service providers, and creates a world where ultimately people will interact more seamlessly with other people and machines in their daily lives,” he said.
The release follows the announcement last August of OneM2M’s candidate release specifications – the first publication of the specifications that have now become this release. The candidate release was circulated for comment and amendment by the industry. In December at a showcase event in Europe, demonstrations were conducted by technology companies and organisations.
“But this is just the start of our role in the process,” said Elloumi. “We now need to work on making the whole experience of using M2M much easier for everyone, as well as looking to achieve further seamless interworking with other IoT technologies through collaboration with the groups working on them.”
Formed in 2012 by seven standards development organisations, OneM2M has a membership today across a broad range of industries, including industrial manufacturers and suppliers, consumer device manufacturers, component suppliers and telecoms service providers. Its partner standards development organisations are ARIB (Japan), ATIS (USA), CCSA (China), Etsi (Europe), TIA (USA), TTA (South Korea) and TTC (Japan).