Benefits of oneM2M

We are excited by your interest in oneM2M, the global IoT standard. Here, we explain oneM2M's value proposition in commercial and technical terms. 


The IoT Standard for Interoperable and Scalable Systems

In 2012, eight national standardization bodies launched the oneM2M Partnership Project. This initiative addresses new requirements to support interoperable and scalable IoT solutions. oneM2M promotes a global standard in contrast to national variants or proprietary approaches.


oneM2M brings together all components in the IoT solution stack. It avoids reinvention in favor of reusing existing technology components and standards. oneM2M’s architecture defines a common middleware technology in a horizontal layer between devices and communications networks and IoT applications. This standardizes links between connected devices, gateways, communications networks and cloud infrastructure. It allows developers to mix and match components from different vendors.

oneM2M is a general-purpose standard that applies to all industry verticals. This ensures a high degree of re-use. It also means that vertical applications can interoperate with one another. This ability to work across application silos adds significant value and promotes innovation.

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oneM2M’s Value Proposition

All IoT solutions are assembled from several components. These include connected devices, IoT platforms, analytical tools, visualization dashboards, and software applications. There is a significant cost in finding, selecting, and integrating these components. An added complication is to choose between components from different vendors when assembling solutions on a use-case by use-case basis. This is where a standardized framework to integrate different components is so valuable. It allows developers to source components from different suppliers and to reuse implementation methodologies. Developers can also manage their risk exposure to single-vendor solutions. 

oneM2M standards allow any IoT application to discover and interact with any IoT device. Now, IoT solutions can interoperate across silo boundaries. This is ideal for distributed and cooperative solutions in areas such as smart buildings, smart cities, and intelligent factories. Conceived for use across different industry verticals, oneM2M standards reduce fragmentation, increase reusability and improve the cost base through economies of scale.

IoT platforms provide the glue to join different IoT component technologies. However, businesses face significant challenges in developing their own IoT platforms or choosing a commercial one. Which of the many hundreds of IoT platforms in the marketplace is the right one? Get this wrong and switching costs can be high to replace devices in the field or to migrate IoT data from one platform to another. Platform users also become reliant on their provider's technology roadmap and innovation capabilities. How many providers will commit to evolve their platform capabilities and address the growing scope of new IoT requirements? The oneM2M Partnership Project approaches IoT standardization through an open and collaborative process, drawing on a wide and international pool of expertise to reduce these risks. This approach also increases the potential for innovation and to reveal new application opportunities. 

Users and solution providers report many different reasons for adopting oneM2M. Procurement agencies value the ability to commission multi-stage projects without locking into a single technology or vendor from the outset. Organizations seeking to collaborate across commercial and departmental boundaries can draw on a standard set of oneM2M tools to collect and share IoT data in a controlled manner. When it comes to ‘future-proofing’ systems, oneM2M’s standardization roadmap and its regular cycle of new releases integrate new functionality within a coherent framework. This provides valuable confidence and allows users to evolve their solutions over time.



oneM2M Adoption and User Experiences

Many organisations around the world in different industry sectors are deploying solutions based on oneM2M standards. Smart buildings, intelligent transport and smart regions are among the early examples. Such multi-user and multi-purpose environments, where many devices and organisations co-exist, are ideally suited to oneM2M. Find out more via our deployment tracker, executive interviews and news stories. 



oneM2M Implementation Guidance

The following resources provide information about oneM2M standards and implementation tools. They are organized by reference to different user categories.

  • oneM2M standards library - here is where you can access oneM2M technical specifications across different release cycles

  • Learn how to develop a oneM2M device or platform - oneM2M provides an introductory guide and set of developer resources for users that wish to build oneM2M devices and platforms from oneM2M specifications.

  • Using oneM2M devices and platforms - here is where to access implementation guides, software tools and testing resources if your organization wants to create IoT applications that use pre-built oneM2M components .


More Information

Many oneM2M members share their views about the IoT market and involvement with oneM2M. Click here to access these White Papers and interviews with industry executives.

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