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18 March 2016

oneM2M updates Release 1, prepares for v2.0 launch mid-2016

oneM2M has announced a new set of updates for release 1 of its IoT and M2M standard, as it focuses on the second iteration of its spec. The new release will aim to support the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn, the Open Connectivity Forum’s IoTivity, and the Open Mobile Alliance’s LightweightM2M (LWM2M).

The 200-member group is aiming for improved IoT interoperability, with a focus on smart home and industrial deployments. Key to this is the ability for oneM2M users to be able to speak to other devices that will exist outside the oneM2M ecosystem.

IoT interoperability has been a key part of the discussions surrounding the Internet of Things since its inception. Siloes of devices or data are a perennial fear, and consumers face a grim future if they find that the market puts up walls around separate ecosystems.

So standards initiatives are an attempt to mediate this threat, ensuring that the walls to those gardens might have open doors so that traffic or devices can move between them. oneM2M is a particularly expansive standard, with a lot of support from the biggest names in the cellular MNO community.

While the initial spec was released back in February 2015, the new update for Release 1 adds tweaks to ensure better interoperability with the more commonly used industry protocols – which include HTTP, MQTT, and CoAP. The updates have been based on early implementation feedback, as well as member contributions from the oneM2M Interop event.

The new features include improvements to security, new home and industrial domain deployment tools, semantic interoperability (important for developers, as it should allow for devices and processes to carry on uninterrupted if they run into other things with different naming conventions), and support for the aforementioned emerging device ecosystems in the smart home and industrial spaces.

The first version is already being used by SK Telecom’s ThingPlug platform, a development environment, as well as in a government smart city testbed project in the South Korean city of Busan. In Italy, oneM2M is being used by the Turin smart city project, and CES saw a demo that bridged smartphones and smart home devices, with oneM2M allowing a smartphone to trigger device actions inside an OCF IoTivity ecosystem.

“oneM2M enables interoperability across IoT applications regardless of the underlying technology used,” said Omar Elloumi of Nokia, the oneM2M technical plenary chair. “This reduces the complexity for the application developer and lowers capex and opex for service providers. Most importantly, the updated standard presents the industry with the first scalable and future-proof platform upon which it can invest and develop IoT applications, without fear of vendor lock-in or needing to commit to one connectivity technology.”

The organization is running another Interop event for interested parties looking to test implementations of Release 1 – in Seongnam, South Korea, between May 10th and the 13th.