Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

OneM2M release three works with 3GPP core network

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2018
Release three of the OneM2M IoT standard represents the first IoT service layer to interwork with 3GPP core network IoT features. The release is said to create application and revenue opportunities in industrial, smart-home and mobile segments.
The 3GPP standards-setting organisation for cellular wireless has been adding IoT-centric features, including capabilities to avoid network congestion, use networks more effectively, enhance security and, crucially, enable IoT devices to manage power resources efficiently. OneM2M’s release three enables seamless interworking with these underlying 3GPP network services, in particular NB-IoT and LTE-M, via the 3GPP SCEF service capability exposure function.
The combination of OneM2M’s service layer and 3GPP’s underlying network is claimed to represent a significant move forward for operators in deploying IoT capabilities.
The growing momentum behind LPWAN, including NB-IoT and LTE-M, is expected to fuel large volumes of low price-point connected devices. Their commercial success will depend on efficient approaches for gathering and sharing IoT data, both at scale and across heterogeneous device populations. By enabling interworking with LPWAN technologies from 3GPP, release three further supports operators in deploying cellular IoT services and tapping new revenue opportunities higher up the value chain.
“The ultimate goal of OneM2M is to open up the IoT ecosystem and improve the business case for players looking to launch services,” said Omar Elloumi of Nokia and technical plenary chair at OneM2M. “Release three does exactly this by creating an abstraction layer that simplifies the exchange of cross-silo data. Furthermore, by supporting a set of 3GPP-defined APIs, release three opens up new revenue streams for mobile operators while lowering the cost of deployments.”
The announcement comes as the results of one of the largest operator surveys in the area of IoT were released by Mobile World Live, the media arm of the GSMA. Those results showed that operators worldwide consider cellular technology to be key to their IoT offerings. The survey also showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents – 92% – consider fragmentation of standards to be an issue of concern in IoT deployment.
Some examples of cellular IoT value add services enabled by release three include:

  • IoT device enrolment provides cellular IoT devices connected to an operator’s network with proper security credentials, authentication and registration.
  • IoT device location tracking supports current location tracking, stores past device locations and generates notifications to IoT apps.
  • It manages data delivery based on schedule and priority of requests.
  • Network communications pattern configuration helps operators proactively manage network resources by anticipating the communications patterns of IoT devices based on input from IoT apps.
  • It monitors if a device is sleeping and wakes it up to process a request from the app if needed.
“These features open up a multitude of possibilities for the IoT industry and cellular ecosystem, including how to monetise NB-IoT and LTE-M,” said Elloumi. “A standardised approach at the IoT service layer helps application proliferation through removing the burden of understanding diverse LPWAN flavours.”
OneM2M is a global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security and interoperability for M2M and IoT technologies. It was formed in 2012 and consists of eight standards development organisations – Arib (Japan), Atis (USA), CCSA (China), Etsi (Europe), TIA (USA), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea) and TTC (Japan), together with four industry fora or consortia – CEN, Cenelec, GlobalPlatform and OMA SpecWorks – and more than 200 member organisations.