What will be involved in making machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and interoperability a reality? Players from industrial and communications segments sat down at the oneM2M panel at the M2M Evolution Conference. Here's a recap of the discussion.
A panel discussion entitled oneM2M at the M2M Evolution Conference in Las Vegas addressed the importance of a standardized approach to M2M connectivity. Chaired by Crossfire Media's Carl Ford, the panel included Adam Gould, CEO at Sensinode; Bill Conley, Cellular and Proprietary RF Device Product Manager at B&B Electronics; Richard Brennan, MARCOM Chair at oneM2M; and Eshwar Pittampalli, Market Development Director at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).
At the heart of the oneM2M panel discussion was the need for a cost-effective and widely available service layer that can address requirements across both communications and vertical industries. Achieving reliability, security, future-proofed service offerings, and interoperability levels, an M2M service layer must be able to be readily embedded in hardware and software, and able to connect a broad range of devices and M2M app servers.
Naturally, standardization will play a key role so that specifications are able to promote interoperability globally. Carriers, hardware vendors, as well as developers and integrators will play additional critical roles.
The panel also focused on how standardization addresses such issues as how a range of M2M data streams combine with the legacy of carrier interfaces across multiple markets, improvement in the sharing of information, and reducing certification complexity.
According to Bill Conley of B&B Electronics, there are several demands surrounding M2M from the diverse players. For example, end users want easy deployment that involves:
- M2M devices that are carrier agnostic
- Simple "plug and play" provisioning
- No reading manuals, changing settings, or setting IP addresses/firewalls
- Simply purchase a device, select a carrier, turn it on, and done
- Device + prepaid data + embedded application
A developer's list for a simplified framework includes:
- An industry-supported carrier collaboration center for customers to prove device and system concepts
- No charge for any carrier testing: initial certification, software, performance
- More collaboration between developers and carriers
In contrast, the OEM wish list for easy rebranding of already-certified products includes:
- Create an industry collaboration database and web portal containing lists of company-certified products
- Submit new part number and name of 3rd party via collaboration web portal
So, how do these wish lists become a reality and where will they go from here?
Figure 1. Next Steps for oneM2M
(Source: B&B M2M Slide Presentation)
Putting its proverbial money where its mouth is, B&B announced that its M2M connectivity equipment, including Ethernet switches, extenders, routers, fiber media converters, serial isolators, and wireless communications equipment passed NEMA TS2, ensuring that the equipment is safe and reliable for use in Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) networks. This standard is used for such safety-critical equipment as traffic lights, emergency road condition signs, and street crossing signs. Here's a complete list of apps.