New global standards will accelerate the use of IoT devices

By Amy Sarcevic
Thursday, 16 July, 2020

New global standards will accelerate the use of IoT devices

Global IoT standards initiative oneM2M is currently working on the launch of ‘Release 4’ — its latest set of specifications for IoT developers.

The new release acknowledges the latest priorities in the IoT market, including requirements to support Fog & Edge computing and advance developments in the industrial, railway and vehicular markets. It also supports the use of IoT devices in public warning systems.

Features and benefits of the new specifications are far reaching and include the easier location of connected devices, faster development of new apps and the enablement of medical equipment to accurately record the time of diagnostic readings.

The oneM2M ‘service layer’ — a new component — will be able to detect when the clock on a connected device is not synchronised accurately with other devices. Within diagnostic medical equipment, this could prevent inaccurate temperature or blood pressure readings being uploaded by a connected device.

In addition, service layer can perform tasks that an app would previously have had to do by itself, enabling the app to work more efficiently on other functions.

oneM2M’s Technical Plenary Chair, Roland Hechwartner, revealed some of the new features at a webinar held last month and said the improved functionality will accelerate the use of IoT devices in various markets.

“We see each new release as a way of putting more tools in IoT developers’ toolboxes,” Hechwartner said.

“We listen to our partners and work closely with members around the world to make sure we understand their needs. Then we seek to expand the oneM2M ecosystem with new features that will increase the speed of development of the IoT.

“The IoT continues to grow, which means oneM2M must both respond to new developments and stay ahead of emerging trends.

“Standards help to accelerate innovation but they have to be flexible enough to respond to user demands.

“As we continue to develop the next release of specifications, we would welcome involvement from new members and partners from anywhere in the world.”

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