oneM2M to Release Next Standards in Autumn to Expand IoT Interconnectivity

By Ken Briodagh August 01, 2016

The standards arms race is heating up as organizations all over the world try to define connectivity and be the first to gain global dominance. No one will, of course, but the industry is gaining ever more bandwidth options thanks to this competition and that’s good.

oneM2M, one of the standards initiatives M2M communications, and the IoT has announced it will release its next set of official specifications, known formally as Release 2, this autumn. oneM2M finalized Release 2 at its latest Technical Plenary, held in Montreal.

Emphasizing the major role of industrial applications within the IoT, Release 2 introduces 14 additional specifications for the expansion of IoT interconnectivity across multiple sectors, including automotive, healthcare, smart homes and smart cities. oneM2M says it will also feature substantial security enhancements.

“Interoperability in the IoT is not just a matter of connecting devices but also understanding the data being collected and distributed and reusing it in a secure manner,” said Dr. Omar Elloumi, Chairman, oneM2M Technical Plenary. “This is exactly what the addition of semantic interoperability in oneM2M’s second set of specifications addresses.  With so many oneM2M member companies from across the world contributing to Release 2’s development, we are creating the potential for widespread adoption of these specifications.”

As IoT devices continue to saturate the digital landscape, a universally accepted set of specifications and protocol will prove indispensable for true interoperability between devices. oneM2M is one of several that have formed multi-national coalitions of IoT experts and enterprises, and the only potential outcome of this race that is bad is the chance that someone wins it.

So, let’s hear it for another broadening of scope for the IoT, more security and better connectivity. And let’s look forward to the next, better handoff of dominance in the IoT arms race.

Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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