ETSI updates IoT standards from oneM2M; specifies interconnection across devices & applications 

March 22, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
ETSI has announced that it has published the complete set of updated oneM2M Release 1 specifications. oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and of which ETSI is a founding partner, recently issued updated editions of its Release 1 global specifications. Security is the next focus area.

The standards have now been published by ETSI as Technical Specifications. Each oneM2M partner standards body publishes the complete set of oneM2M specifications as its own local specifications, thereby ensuring there is one global set of specifications, recognised in each region.

These specifications show a development that promises to enable IoT interworking and create a foundation platform to interconnect IoT devices and applications. The standards cover requirements, architecture, application programming interface (API) specifications, security solutions and mapping to common industry protocols such as CoAP, MQTT and HTTP. The updated specifications, released one year after initial publication, have incorporated improvements based on early implementation experience and feedback from oneM2M’s first Interop event held last year.


By building upon protocols that allow applications across industry segments to communicate with each other, the updated standard enables service providers to combine different IoT devices, technologies and applications, a critical feature in their efforts to provide services across a range of industries. Release 1 has already been used in service provider deployments in South Korea, Asia and Europe for smart city and transport system deployments.


“oneM2M enables interoperability across IoT applications regardless of the underlying technology used,” said Dr. Omar Elloumi of Nokia, 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 oneM2M global alliance is now working on the second release of its specifications, which it expects to complete by mid-2016. The updated standard will include enhanced security, features for home domain and industrial domain deployment, semantic interoperability, and interworking with popular IoT device ecosystems such as AllSeen Alliance, OCF and OMA LightWeightM2M. These features will present the unique value proposition that application developers have been looking for – one common core interworking platform technology for the Internet of Things.


“Tenders are now explicitly requiring that oneM2M be incorporated in deployments; the first release and the impending Release 2 will respond to a critical need as service providers and application developers tackle connectivity demand across industries and across platforms,” added Dr. Elloumi.


More than 200 member companies from across the world contributed to the development of oneM2M Release 1 through the eight leading ICT standards development organizations and six industry consortia that form oneM2M. The standards are all publicly available at ETSI’s website:


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