Lightweight M2M standard clears the path to mass-market Machine-to-Machine success

by OMA | Friday, March 7, 2014

Lightweight M2M standard clears the path to mass-market Machine-to-Machine success

The M2M industry is shifting its focus from niche verticals to large-scale adoption. The new OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) standard will accelerate this shift by providing a simple and economical means to remotely manage a larger variety of M2M devices.

Frank Ploumen, Director, M2M Solutions at Motive, Alcatel-Lucent, 3 March 2014 – By combining standards like LWM2M with efficient device management, interoperability testing and service automation capabilities, the M2M industry can clear the path to mass-market success.

Our work with customers, partners and industry groups has shown us that the legacy M2M market is fragmented with diverse protocols and custom applications. The shortcomings of current M2M solutions — including high development and delivery costs, inflexibility, difficult onboarding and limited scalability — make it difficult for the industry to address the growing demand for automotive, smart energy and smart city applications.

The adoption of device management and service automation capabilities will help the M2M industry accelerate onboarding and reduce operating costs. These capabilities streamline tasks such as remote device activation and bootstrapping, device configuration, troubleshooting, firmware upgrades and application lifecycle management.

LWM2M supports these capabilities with a standards-based solution that delivers bandwidth efficiency, small-footprint clients, Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) providing privacy for stream-based Internet traffic, and a unified service and device management protocol. Its simplified approach will standardize the management of a broad range of IP-based devices, including those constrained by low battery and computing power, low memory and low operating budgets. To maximize device coverage, LWM2M can be easily combined with solutions from other standards organizations that target non-IP devices.

We recognize the benefits and potential of LWM2M. That’s why we’re building LWM2M support into our industry-leading MotiveSmart device interoperability program (PDF file). This program removes cost and complexity from device onboarding and management by using standards-based testing to verify that devices can interoperate with device management solutions. The MotiveSmart Program currently supports and certifies devices from more than 100 manufacturers.

We believe that efficient device management, onboarding and interoperability testing are essential for making more M2M services viable and encouraging consumers to adopt M2M services. And we believe that LWM2M will unlock new service opportunities by making it easier to standardize, simplify and scale M2M operations.