The ITU-T’s SG20 Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C) approved oneM2M’s security specifications for IoT systems as part of the ITU-T Y.4500.3 series, making the entire suite of oneM2M specifications available for use nationally by ITU -T member states.
oneM2M is an open set of specifications that define a common set of horizontal IoT service functions, to enable secure data exchange and information interoperability across different vertical sectors, service providers and use cases. The standardized APIs future proof the IoT ecosystem by reducing costs and enable interworking with existing IoT technologies. oneM2M standards provide an interoperability testing framework and support a global certification program by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for oneM2M based products.
With this latest milestone, the ITU-T has further added IoT security capabilities to its Recommendations of the M2M common service layer, built on middleware concepts, standardized by oneM2M. The approval happened over a multi-step process involving interactive discussions between ITU-T members and oneM2M experts.
Roland Hechwartner of Deutsche Telekom and the Technical Plenary Chairman of oneM2M said: “Security-related capabilities are an essential and complementary component in all IoT systems. oneM2M treats security as a common service function that can be applied in the same way across many applications in different verticals. It also emphasizes the use of open standards so that service providers can control all entities and services in their deployments without relying on a single company or proprietary set of technologies.”
Since its inception in 1865, the ITU-T’s contribution-led, consensus-based approach to standards development allows countries and companies, no matter how large or small, to exercise equal rights in the development of ITU-T Recommendations. Through its Study Group 20 (SG 20), ITU-T participants provide commonly agreed guidance for implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications, as well as smart cities and communities.
Ms. Rana Kamill of British Telecom, who is the ITU-T WP1/20 Vice Chair and has been leading oneM2M’s collaboration with the ITU-T, commented that, “the rapport between the ITU-T and oneM2M benefitted from international and oneM2M experts working in close collaboration to deliver common IoT standards and security that benefit the widest community.” She noted that the oneM2M Security Solutions document went through the ITU-T’s Typical Approval Process (TAP). This is the default method for international standards (Recommendations) with regulatory or policy implications (e.g., numbering plans and tariffs). It has also been translated into the ITU’s 6 official languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian).
The full set of oneM2M’s specifications, approved as the ITU-T Recommendation Y-4500 series, is available at https://www.itu.int/md/T22-SG20-R-0003/en.
oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world’s preeminent standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (North America), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (North America), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with GlobalPlatform (industry forum) and over 200 member organizations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see: www.onem2m.org.