Unified standards could help drive the M2M market forward
A consortium of ICT standards development bodies (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, TTC) has set up a new global organisation to ensure the efficient deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications systems.
M2M is the technology behind the Internet of Things that could enable smart cities of the future. It allows electronic devices to communicate with one another via SIM cards that can connect to wireless sensors and the mobile internet for management and monitoring, and to provide services.
The number of worldwide M2M connections is growing exponentially, with some forecasts as high as 50 billion by 2020. These connections are expected to reside within virtually every major market category – from healthcare to transportation and energy to agriculture.