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SK Telecom launches open IoT platform based on OneM2M

Steve Rogerson
June 19, 2015
Korean operator SK Telecom has launched ThingPlug, an open IoT platform based on OneM2M standards, along with a web site to allow anyone to develop and use IoT services.
Formed in 2012, OneM2M is a global organisation creating scalable and interoperable standards for communications of devices and services used in M2M applications and the internet of things. The goal is to develop technical specifications that address the need for a common M2M service layer that can be embedded within hardware and software, and relied upon to connect the myriad of devices in the field with M2M application servers worldwide.
As an open platform based on the release one OneM2M specifications, ThingPlug is expected to play a crucial role in boosting the IoT ecosystem.
The biggest strength of ThingPlug lies in its application enablement and openness: it offers service platform functions and a DIY development environment for developers to create any IoT services on their own. Developers can build a service or app by downloading the software development kit from the ThingPlug web site and combining it with their hardware including various sensors. They can then use the service or app immediately after registering the service and device to the web site, and allow others to use the service as well.
By enabling individual developers to create and share diverse IoT services tailored to their needs, the range of IoT services, which has been confined to the enterprise and government markets, is likely to expand to the consumer market.
ThingPlug also offers various features – jointly developed with Daliworks, a Korean IoT platform service company – to support easy management of IoT services and devices. Developers can check, in real time, the service status and data via different types of devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets, thanks to the same user interface.
In addition, the platform lets developers save costs associated with building and maintaining a server by providing a cloud-based server. Furthermore, as Korea’s largest carrier with differentiated competitiveness in the IoT network technologies, SK Telecom supports IPv6 for ThingPlug and ensures a high level of data security.
The company plans to apply ThingPlug to a smart city test bed, which will be created in Busan at the end of this year. Under cooperation with the city government, SK Telecom plans to upgrade a long list of public services – such as parking management, building energy management and safety services for the socially underprivileged. – to smart IoT services to create a best practice model. It also plans to hold an IoT hackathon in the third quarter of this year to boost the use of ThingPlug.
“The launch of ThingPlug, an open IoT platform based on OneM2M standards, carries a significant meaning as it allows anyone to develop an IoT service, leading to the creation of a truly enriched IoT ecosystem that brings increased value and convenience to developers across the globe,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, chief technology officer of SK Telecom. “To this end, we will not only work closely with the local governments, solution developers and technology institutes in Korea, but also join hands with IoT players around the world.”
In 2008, SK Telecom commercialised the nation’s first M2M platform, introducing B2G services such as remote metering. Then, in 2012, it launched an open M2M platform. Since 2012, the company has been working with the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) to carry out a government-led project to build an IoT platform based on OneM2M standards.
SK Telecom is a member of the Bridge M2M Alliance (BMA), an association it co-founded with ten other mobile carriers in the Asia Pacific region to provide M2M services across these countries, and is also serving as the chair company of the Korea IoT Association.