The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced that, together with other major standards development organizations, it has begun the initial steps of forming a global initiative for M2M standardization. Partners include the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB), the Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) of Japan, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of Korea.
In a statement, the organizations reported that one of their main goals will be to fill the need for a common cost-efficient and widely available M2M Service Layer, which could be embedded within various hardware and software. Also included in their agenda is establishing a cooperative M2M standards community to oversee development of agreed-upon M2M specifications and reports.
TIA, which recently released its first standards specifically addressing M2M technologies and markets (as we reported in December), listed other goals of the global initiative in its press release, including:
- lowering operating and capital expenses across all industries;
- shortening time-to-market;
- creating mass-market economies of scale;
- simplifying the development of applications;
- leveraging the worldwide network for enhanced potential of services;
- expanding and accelerating global business opportunities;
- and avoiding standardization overlap.
"The SDOs agree that participation in the global initiative will be open to interested organizations and parties to provide opportunities for various levels of participation and provide flexibility for inputs for all market segments," the TIA said in a statement. "The SDOs have agreed that the global initiative will be established in early 2012 and will then initiate the technical work to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving industries."