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Standards bodies set up M2M initiative

Posted: 20 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:standards development? M2M? communication protocols?

Seven standards developments organizations (SDOs) have agreed to work together on common global standards for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The seven SDOs are the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) and the Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) of Japan; the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) of the USA; the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA); the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI); and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of Korea.

The SDOs have taken initial steps to form a global initiative for M2M Standardization, according to ETSI.

In meetings held over the last few months the seven have identified the need for a common, cost-efficient, widely available M2M service layer in communications protocols, ETSI said. This needs to be available to be embedded in M2M application servers and in within various pieces of hardware and software.

The M2M initiative will seek to develop end-to-end specifications for M2M communications with an initial focus on the service layer using common use cases and architecture principles across multiple M2M applications. In addition, the initiative will focus on cooperative efforts with other standards organizations and fora, including those representing specific aspects of M2M applications.

The M2M global initiative is to be open allowing other organizations and parties to participate at various levels, ETSI added. The global initiative is expected to get up and running early in 2012.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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