Thursday, July 26, 2012
Standards bodies launch oneM2M service layer for Internet of Things
A consortium of ICT standards development bodies (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, and TTC) has set up a new global organization to ensure the efficient deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications systems.
M2M is the technology behind the Internet of Things that could enable smart cities of the future. It allows electronic devices to communicate with one another via wireless/cellular/wired networks and the internet for management and monitoring, services delivery.
The number of worldwide M2M connections is growing exponentially, with some forecasts as high as 50 billion by 2020. These connections are expected to reside within virtually every major market category - from healthcare to transportation and energy to agriculture.
The specifications developed by oneM2M will provide a common M2M service layer that can be embedded within various hardware and software, and connect the myriad of devices in the field, according to the consortium.
The consortium is made up of seven standards development bodies, including ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, and TTC. All of these organisations are working to develop technical specifications and reports to ensure M2M devices can successfully communicate on a global scale.