LONDON – Seven standards developments organizations have agreed to work together on common global standards for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The seven SDOs are ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, and TTC (see below for expansion of the abbreviations).
The seven SDOs have taken initial steps to form a global initiative for M2M Standardization, according to to ETSI (Sophia Antipolis, France).
In meetings held over the last few months the seven have identified the need for a common, cost-efficient, widely available M2M service layer in communications protocols, ETSI said. This needs to be available to be embedded in M2M application servers and in within various pieces of hardware and software.
The M2M initiative will seek to develop end-to-end specifications for M2M communications with an initial focus on the service layer using common use cases and architecture principles across multiple M2M applications. In addition, the initiative will focus on cooperative efforts with other standards organizations and fora, including those representing specific aspects of M2M applications.
The M2M global initiative is to be open allowing other organizations and parties to participate at various levels, ETSI added. The global initiative is expected to get up and running early in 2012.
The global initiative has currently gathered representatives from: 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.
When I read articles like this, I always think that I'm missing something really fundamental. Like, they can't be really talking about machine to machine unrestricted. What they really mean is something way more confined, with much tighter boundaries, that what I'm dreaming up here.
There are a gazillion different machine to machine interface standards already out there. All different types, over a bunch of different media, operating at any of the familiar ISO layers (or any other protocol layering scheme you care to invent).
I must be missing something. Sounds a bit like wanting to create a global cuisine initiative, to create one unified standard for cooking food.
"Common global standard" is elusive Holy Grail. I saw many "standards" such as RPC, Java(Jini), UPnP then SOAP/WSD were proposed but none of them could actually be "the one". I can't be much enthusiastic about this new M2M standard, but interesting to see where it goes.