oneM2M, the leading global IoT standard for interoperability, announced the publication of Release 3, its third set of specifications. On the menu: dramatically enhanced 3GPP interworking – in particular cellular IoT – and new capabilities to unlock value in industrial and smart home applications.
3GPP, the world’s global standards-setting organization for cellular wireless, has been adding IoT-centric features, including capabilities to avoid network congestion, use networks more effectively, enhance security and, crucially, enable IoT devices to manage power resources efficiently. oneM2M’s Release 3 enables seamless interworking with these underlying 3GPP network services, in particular, NB-IoT and LTE-M, via the 3GPP Service Capability Exposure Function (SCEF). The combination of oneM2M’s service layer and 3GPP’s underlying network represent a significant move forward for operators in deploying IoT capabilities.
The growing momentum behind LPWAN solutions, including NB-IoT and LTE-M, is expected to fuel large volumes of low price-point connected devices. Their commercial success will depend on efficient approaches for gathering and sharing IoT data, both at scale and across heterogeneous device populations. By enabling interworking with LPWAN technologies from 3GPP, Release 3 further supports operators in deploying cellular IoT services and tapping into new revenue opportunities higher up the value chain.
“The ultimate goal of oneM2M is to open up the IoT ecosystem and improve the business case for players looking to launch services,” said Omar Elloumi, of Nokia, Technical Plenary Chair at oneM2M. “Release 3 does exactly this by creating an abstraction layer that simplifies the exchange of cross-silo data. Furthermore, by supporting a set of 3GPP-defined APIs, Release 3 opens up new revenue streams for mobile operators while lowering the cost of deployments.”
The announcement comes as the results of one of the largest operator surveys in the area of IoT were released by Mobile World Live, the media arm of the leading wireless industry association, the GSMA. Those results showed that operators worldwide consider cellular technology to be key to their IoT offerings. The survey also showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents – 92% – consider fragmentation of standards to be an issue of concern in IoT deployment.
Some examples of cellular IoT value-add services enabled by oneM2M’s Release 3 include:
- IoT Device Enrolment – provides cellular IoT devices connected to an operator’s network with proper security credentials, authentication, and registration.
- IoT Device Location Tracking – supports current location tracking, stores past device locations and generates notifications to IoT apps.
- Manage Data Delivery Methods – manages data delivery based on schedule and priority of requests.
- Network Communication Pattern Configuration – helps operators proactively manage network resources by anticipating the communication patterns of IoT devices based on input from IoT apps.
- Wake a Sleeping Device – monitors if a device is sleeping and wakes it up to process a request from the app if needed.
“These features open up a multitude of possibilities for the IoT industry and cellular ecosystem, including how to monetize NB-IoT and LTE-M,” said Elloumi. “A standardized approach at the IoT service layer helps application proliferation through removing the burden of understanding diverse LPWAN flavors.”
oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world’s preeminent standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (U.S.), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (U.S.), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with four industry fora or consortia (CEN, CENELEC, GlobalPlatform, OMA SpecWorks) and over 200 member organizations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed to support their specific needs.