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OneM2M Release 2 scheduled for autumn

Steve Rogerson
July 28, 2016
 
Standards body OneM2M says that its next set of official specifications will be issued this autumn.
 
The announcement comes as analyst firm Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion IoT devices will be in use worldwide in 2016, with that figure set to reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
 
Emphasising the role of industrial applications within the IoT, Release 2 introduces 14 additional specifications for the expansion of seamless IoT interconnectivity across multiple sectors, including automotive, healthcare, smart homes and smart cities, and builds upon the stability and reliability of Release 1.
 
Notably, it will also feature security enhancements, highlighting OneM2M’s commitment that security and privacy remains intact.
 
“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 Nokia’s Omar Elloumi, chair of the 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.”
 
The finalisation of Release 2 follows announcements by major technology companies detailing recent large-scale investments in IoT technology and products. As such, as IoT devices continue to saturate the digital landscape, a universally accepted set of specifications and protocol could prove indispensable for interoperability between devices.
 
OneM2M has formed a multi-national coalition of IoT experts from more than 200 companies, with the primary goal of developing and promoting universal standards and specifications for seamless connectivity between IoT devices.