SmartM2M * Activity Report

SmartM2M Activity Report 2017

Chairman: Enrico Scarrone, Telecom Italia S.p.A. 

Responsible for providing specifications for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services and applications, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities

M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communications are the foundation layer for tomorrow’s world of smart devices, smart appliances, the smart home and smart cities. 

In the future, domestic and industrial appliances will be intelligent, networked devices, forming complete energy consuming, producing and managing systems. They will need open interfaces so that they can communicate with service platforms from different energy service providers and allow the addition of new appliances from different vendors, using ‘plug and play’ connectivity. Interoperability is thus a key factor in creating an IoT ecosystem, and the availability of a standardized solution, along with related test suites, is an essential enabler for the IoT.

Our Smart M2M Communications committee (TC SmartM2M) is developing standards to enable M2M services and applications and certain aspects of the IoT.

Work in 2017 focused primarily on SAREF, our smart appliances reference ontology that runs with oneM2M-compliant communication platforms. SAREF is designed to enable connected devices to exchange information with any energy management system.

We launched a series of investigations with a view to specifying semantic models to extend SAREF. This work considers smart cities, industrial and manufacturing domains, smart agriculture and the food chain, automation, eHealth/ aging well and wearables.

We began work on a multi-part Technical Specification (TS) to extend SAREF, adding semantic models for each of the domains being investigated. The first three parts of this TS, on the energy, environment and building domains, were
published. We also published a multi-part test specification to complement our work on SAREF.

In addition to its SAREF-related work, TC SmartM2M continued its investigations into virtualized IoT architectures, identifying elements needed to support a virtualized IoT service layer. This will add dynamic scalability to IoT platforms.