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Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology long predated the Internet of Things (IoT) and could underpin the first IoT deployments. Now a global partnership of standards bodies called oneM2M is developing an interoperability framework for M2M and IoT applications in such diverse sectors as home automation, car telemetry, healthcare, the smart grid and M2M's original home, industrial automation.
Richard Brennan, marketing and communications chair at oneM2M, explains the organization's role and what it hopes to deliver in this podcast recorded at the recent Internet of Things World conference in San Francisco.
Brennan says oneM2M members include a "who's who list of communication-centric companies in the world," among them Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm.
"We just added TDSI, the new standards group from India, so a whole new subcontinent," he says. "So [oneM2M] has global span and is focused on the service layer above the IoT network layer, for federation of Internet of Things applications and services."
Release 1 of the oneM2M specifications came out this past January. "We published a list of 125 target protocols that we could address, or that could address us," Brennan says, and release 2 is in the works. The group has also partnered with other IoT standards organizations, including the AllSeen Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium.
Brennan says a major challenge is pulling the industry together so the IoT can scale up to include more users and devices. The oneM2M specifications could help.
"You would be able to base a services platform on oneM2M without having to have pre-knowledge of which types of sensor networks you are going to be dealing with," he says. "Ultimately, there will be APIs and a porting of the oneM2M standards to many different network-level or sensor-level protocols, as well as many different application types."
Brennan goes on to explain oneM2M's federative capabilities, and the expected delivery dates. He also names vendors, integrators and service providers that are planning compatible products for 2015. "You're going to see some real name-brand deployments."
He says oneM2M aims to complement, not compete with, other emerging standards. "We're going to be relatively transparent to the user. We don't fight for the user's wrist or what's in their home. We say, 'Whatever that is, you need to be able to pull that together.'"
The oneM2M specifications will also help integrate industrial applications, according to Brennan, because it's a service layer that can communicate with all instances of the Internet Protocol (IP) or support gateways into older, non-IP industrial automation systems.
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