Comparing IoT Standards – What Services Do They Provide?

by OMA | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Posted by Jacques Bourhis, Co-Founder and CTO, IoTerop

Jacques Bourhis, co-founder and CTO of IoTerop explores the differences in common IoT standards and the services they can provide to developers looking to differentiate their IoT products and services.

What Services Do IoT Standards Provide?

There is no contradiction between an effective standards-based solution and differentiation. Standards enable common languages and the story you create is the differentiation. If your single language is a dialect, you can only differentiate within your community as only those few people can understand you.

Using this analogy, the IoT common languages are the standards, which are key for enabling interoperable and strong differentiation. What criteria should we use to choose the best standards for our needs?

The Internet of Things requires several services from those standards in order to build a sustainable and solid infrastructure. Beyond the low-level layers (TCP or others), ideally, end-to-end solutions need services like: Authentication/Security, Transport (CRUDN: Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete Notify), Discovery and Registration, Messaging, Resource Model, Onboarding Mechanism, Data Model and Device Management (including FW Update).

What is the current status of various standards regarding those services?

MQTT

For sure, there are other standards not mentioned here but the criteria for services remain relevant such that you can compare by yourself and make your own opinion.

As you can see, LwM2M fulfills the standards requirements for the Internet of Things. LwM2M takes the best standards options like TLS/DTLS, COAP and it fills the gap to provide a full solution for easily developing secure, interoperable and sustainable solutions.

If you are interested in learning more about the IoT enabling technologies that OMA is working on in order to best develop your own differentiated yet interoperable product or service, download OMA’s free LwM2M white paper.

You can also check out IoTerop’s video presentation comparing the benefits of IoT standards. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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