M2M is a multi-billion EUR market, but why doesn’t it take off?. Will standardization make M2M successful ?
We know how important but at the same time how complex M2M standardization is. Take a look at the Smart Energy/Utility vertical example in Telefonica M2M blog: https://m2m.telefonica.com/m2m-media/m2m-blog/item/381-m2m-standards-utilities-smart-grid-meters ).
During two days the 4th ETSI M2M Workshop celebrated on 6-7 November 2013 in the Congress Centre of Mandelieu in France, products and solutions based on ETSI’s M2M standards have been showcased and M2M vendors, Operators, Universities, Associations and professionals have been discussing major issues facing wide-scale M2M deployment.
I am excited about the plans for the ETSI M2M specifications as they evolve towards the work of the oneM2M Partnership Project (More details in this presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/zahidtg/onem2m-a-global-initiative-for-m2m-standardization) but …
….. When I read this post “M2M Standards: How many and how soon? dated June 29, 2011, I am a little skeptical about the velocity and success of these standardization initiatives. Bob Emmerson´s conclusions are valid today more than two years later. “The industry needs to work together to make M2M worldwide standards a reality. It’s something that definitely needs to happen: the lack of standards will dramatically slow down the industry’s progress. Standards allow economies of scale and without them the industry cannot grow, evolve and succeed”.
…. And attending an Oracle M2M event “Descubra cómo desarrollar sus soluciones M2M con Oracle” this week I notice how desperate System Integrators and industries are demanding for a common IoT Standards and asking M2M Vendor companies and Operators to collaborate.
Therefore as consumers, as citizens, as enterprises, as associations, as M2M vendors or as operators let´s work for have M2M standards soon.
Postdata: High level comments to ETSI M2M workshop 2013 presentations
1- M2M Security – Review of security standards and legislation. Interesting analysis of threat scenarios and its mitigation for telecom, utility providers, and work in progress in the definition of security architectures. Main conclusion: “Security is a chain => all the links (communication components, connected devices, sensors networks and communication networks) must be secured”.
2- Technologies that can increase M2M adoption – Interesting presentation of Redbend with its “Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA)” solution for Operators and OEMs. I also like the work of the consortium TINRW – Telematik Initiative für fahrzeugnahe Services- to build an Open application enablement platform that makes services integration easier. And finally, I enjoy Prosyst´s presentation “OSGi based device abstraction for enabling M2M services”, and idea that I was discussing 4 years ago for the Smart Home but unfortunately in my opinion without support of the big Home device vendors.
3- M2M Connectivity – I am interested how companies have started talking about include M2M requirements in 5G networks when today many M2M solutions only require 2G or Personal Area Networks (PAN) comprising wireless technologies, such as WiFi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and IP500, as Godfrey Chua, who directs the M2M and Connected World projects at Infonetics, points out (source TMForum Busines Channel: “Many means of measuring M2M success”)
4- M2M Data – Interesting approach provided by EURECOM (a graduate school and a research centre specialized in communication systems, founded in 1991 by Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications, Paris, France, about how to enrich M2M data to build cross-domain M2M applications and how to interconnect the data provided by heterogeneous domains.
Now guess what attendants vote in this Quiz question: Which of the below items is the biggest factor inhibiting market adoption in the for M2M in the service provider domain?
• Regulatory issues
• Device availability/cost
• Open source
Yes, Standardization 40,3 %
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