Sophia Antipolis, France --- oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT), announces another achievement in establishing a global interconnected society: its next set of official specifications, known formally as Release 2, which will be issued this autumn. The announcement comes as analyst firm Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion IoT devices will be in use worldwide in 2016, with that figure set to reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
Emphasizing the major role of industrial applications within the IoT, Release 2 introduces 14 additional specifications for the expansion of seamless IoT interconnectivity across multiple sectors, including automotive, healthcare, smart homes and smart cities, and builds upon the stability and reliability of the oneM2M standards previously introduced in Release 1. Notably, it will also feature substantial security enhancements, highlighting oneM2M’s foremost commitment that security and privacy remains intact.
The finalization of Release 2 and today’s oneM2M statement follows announcements by major technology companies detailing recent large-scale investments in IoT technology and products. As such, as IoT devices continue to saturate the digital landscape, a universally accepted set of specifications and protocol will prove indispensable for true interoperability between devices. oneM2M has formed a multi-national coalition of the world’s leading IoT experts from more than 200 companies, with the primary goal of developing and promoting universal standards and specifications for seamless connectivity between IoT devices.
For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see http://www.onem2m.org