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oneM2M specification approved by over 190 ITU member countries as ITU standard to streamline IoT adoption

More than 190 ITU-T member countries have approved oneM2M specifics like THAT standards, simplifying the lifecycle of the IoT ecosystem by minimizing development, implementation and maintenance costs.

ITU-T SG20 Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C) have approved the oneM2M security specification for IoT systems as part of the ITU-T Y.4500.3 series, making the whole suite of oneM2M specifications available for use at national level by ITU-T member states.

oneM2M is an open set of specifications that define a common set of horizontal IoT service functions to enable secure data exchange and information interoperability across different vertical industries, service providers, and use cases. Standardized APIs future-proof the IoT ecosystem by reducing costs and enabling interaction with existing IoT technologies. The oneM2M standards provide an interoperability testing framework and support a global certification program by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for oneM2M-based products.

With this latest milestone, ITU-T has further added IoT security features to its M2M Common Service Level Recommendations, based on middleware concepts, standardized by oneM2M. The approval took place during a multi-stage process involving interactive discussions between ITU-T members and oneM2M experts.

Roland Hechwartner of Deutsche Telekom and oneM2M Technical Plenary Chairman said: “Security-related capabilities are an essential and complementary component in all IoT systems. oneM2M treats security as a common service function that can be applied equally to many applications across different verticals. It also emphasizes the use of open standards so that service providers can control all entities and services in their implementations without relying on a single company or proprietary set of technologies.

Since its inception in 1865, the ITU-T’s consensus-based and input-based approach to standards development has enabled countries and companies, no matter how large or small, to exercise equal rights in the development of ITU-T Recommendations. Through its Study Group 20 (SG 20), ITU-T participants provide agreed guidance for the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications, as well as smart cities and communities.

Ms. Rana Kamill of British Telecom, Vice-Chair of ITU-T’s WP1/20 and who led the oneM2M collaboration with ITU-T, commented that « the relationship between ITU-T and oneM2M has benefited from international experts and oneM2M working closely together to provide common IoT security and standards for the benefit of the wider community. » He noted that the oneM2M Security Solutions document has undergone the ITU-T Typical Approval Process (TAP). This is the default method for international standards (recommendations) with regulatory or policy implications (eg numbering plans and tariffs) It has also been translated into the 6 official languages ​​of the ITU (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian).

The complete set of specifications of oneM2M, approved as ITU-T Recommendation Y-4500 series, is available at https://www.itu.int/md/T22-SG20-R-0003/en.

About aM2M
oneM2M is the global standards initiative covering requirements, architecture, API specifications, security and interoperability solutions for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and is made up of eight of the world’s leading standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (North America), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (North America), TSDSI (India ), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), along with GlobalPlatform (industry forum) and over 200 member organizations. The oneM2M specification provides a framework for supporting applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see: www.onem2m.org.