Several global standards organizations are preparing to announce a new joint effort to promote standards for machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and five other leading information and communications technology (ICT) organizations are scheduled to announce this new initiative later this month.

M2M describes the use of remote devices to monitor (and, in many cases, manage) everything from patient health to utility service usage.

M2M connectivity is still in the early stages, and as typical of any technological trend at its beginning, standards are lacking.

So a set of organizations around the world aim to devise a common M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software and relied upon to connect the myriad of devices in the field with M2M application servers worldwide.

The organizations are:

  • TIA – U.S.
  • ATIS – U.S.
  • Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) – Japan
  • Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) – Japan
  • China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) – China
  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) – Europe
  • Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) – South Korea.

Jamie Moss, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, noted that KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom have already announced their intention to cooperate to promote M2M connectivity, and he noted that each has an M2M service delivery platform supplied by Jasper Wireless.