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Seven major telecoms standards bodies have joined forces on a new initiative to develop global specifications for M2M technologies. A new report from Maravedis-Rethink found that lack of standard architectures was seen as the biggest obstacle to mass market adoption of Machine to Machine applications.

A new organisation called ‘oneM2M’ has been created to develop a “common platform” to be used by communications service providers to support applications and services across a range of vertical sectors, including smart grids, connected cars, eHealth, enterprise supply chain, home automation and energy management, and public safety. A common M2M service layer can be embedded within various hardware and software to connect different devices with M2M application servers worldwide.

It is estimated that there could be as many as 50 billion M2M connections by 2020, while many operators are currently optimising their networks to support M2M services.

There are seven so-called Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) contributing to the project: 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.

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