3 Key Benefits of Lightweight Machine to Machine Standards

by OMA | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3 Key Benefits of Lightweight Machine to Machine Standards

mformation, Mformation Blog — Earth’s human population isn’t growing nearly as quickly as its machine population. There are expected to be 20 billion devices connected to the web by 2020. Some estimates rise as high as 50 billion. M2M devices far outnumber ordinary electronics like PCs, cell phones and gaming platforms—combined. The M2M market will be a 1.6 trillion opportunity by 2024. M2M device and service revenue will comprise the vast majority of the M2M market.  These M2M devices occasionally need to be told what to do; they also need to feed their data to analytical applications. To enable further growth of the M2M market, it is essential to have a standardized protocol that makes communication simpler and extends the communications capability of low-power devices.

Lightweight M2M

Lightweight M2M (LWM2M), from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), provides a standard protocol between devices and the device management platform. The simple protocol is designed to minimize the amount of data to be sent and work on all connection speeds. LWM2M can support any kind of M2M service, and it is designed to be interoperable in conjunction with other standards. Companies that leverage LWM2M are not constrained in how their devices are built and deployed. There are many benefits to these standards.

1. Securely Communicate With Limited Computing Power

Existing management protocols are well designed to communicate with devices that have significant computing capability and energy resources; they are less suitable for smaller devices that are not rechargeable. LWM2M’s small data requirements enable lower-powered devices, with limited computing capacity, limited memory and limited bandwidth, to communicate. The standard defines a protocol for device bootstrapping, device management and device information reporting. LWM2M also ensures communication is secure by incorporating three DTLS security modes.

2. Manage and Provision Billions of Devices

Using LWM2M means devices will work with multiple vendors’ software management packages, providing flexibility and choice for companies that need to control large numbers of devices. The standard’s registry and extensible model for objects and resources will make it easier for management applications to be developed. The standard objects provide capability for necessary functions, such as access control.

3. Continue to Grow the Internet of Things

M2M standards with simplified communication and increased interoperability are needed for the IoT to continue to grow across all industries. LWM2M will support all necessary communications from activation through upgrades and device life cycle management. These features will reduce the costs of maintaining IoT devices in the field and allow them to function more effectively.

There is a trillion dollar revenue opportunity in the growth of connected devices, and businesses that embrace LWM2M are best placed to make this opportunity a reality sooner.

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