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OneM2M opens up standards to other bodies

Steve Rogerson
October 6, 2016
Standards body OneM2M has issued release two of its set of IoT specifications allowing interworking with other M2M standards.
Based on contributions from more than 200 member companies, the release builds on the initial set of specifications, which enable basic connectivity between applications and devices. The new specifications open up the IoT ecosystem to devices that lack the protocol and enable interworking among systems using AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn, Open Connectivity Foundation’s OIC and the Open Mobile Alliance’s Lightweight M2M (LWM2M).
As a result, the number of devices that can seamlessly connect with one other in the IoT ecosystem, estimated by Cisco to number 50 billion by 2020, has been expanded.
The critical area of security has also been addressed throughout the 17 specifications of release two, by enabling end-to-end secure information exchange between any devices or servers, as well as implementing attribute and role-based dynamic access control. This allows the complexity of handling access control policies in consumer oriented IoT scenarios and enables granting temporary authorisation to devices during operation.
Meanwhile, semantic interoperability enables meaningful data exchange for secure distribution and reuse.
“The standards published today mark a major milestone for the internet of things, by providing the unique value proposition of a single interworking platform for all enabled devices,” said Omar Elloumi, chair of the OneM2M Technical Plenary and Nokia corporate CTO. “As IoT devices continue to saturate society, standardisation is key to achieving universally accepted specifications and protocols for true interoperability between IoT devices and applications.”
The release comes at the same time as IoT announcements from farm equipment maker John Deera and German steam generator company Certuss Dampfautomaten that discuss the enablement of home and industrial domain deployment, another key feature of the release, which allows information from various industries’ applications to exchange data.
These mark significant momentum in the future state of a connected society, said a OneM2M statement.
In addition to the published specifications, application developers have access to user-friendly APIs and guidelines, complementing the global set of IoT standards for this critical group of stakeholders, and further facilitating access to the official source of global, IoT-application identifiers that comply with the OneM2M standard, the OneM2M App-ID registry.
“We’re already working on release three as technology advancements don’t stand still,” added Elloumi. “The OneM2M global alliance is dedicated to providing the necessary interoperability to give technology suppliers and their customers secure connectivity as we embrace the next great technological revolution of the modern era.”