oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications called Release 2.

Utilising contributions from more than 200 member companies, Release 2 builds on oneM2M’s initial set of official specifications, which enable basic connectivity between applications and devices. The new specifications open up the IoT ecosystem to devices that lack the protocol and enable interworking among systems using AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn, Open Connectivity Foundation’s OIC, and the Open Mobile Alliance’s Lightweight M2M (LWM2M). As a result, the number of devices that can seamlessly connect with one other in the IoT ecosystem, estimated by Cisco to number 50 billion by 2020, is greatly expanded.

The critical area of security has also been addressed throughout the 17 specifications of Release 2, by enabling end-to-end secure information exchange between any devices or servers, as well as implementing attribute and role-based dynamic access control, which allows the complexity of handling access control policies in consumer oriented IoT scenarios and enables granting temporary authorisation to devices during operation. Meanwhile, semantic interoperability enables meaningful data exchange for secure distribution and reuse.

“We’re already working on Release 3 as technology advancements don’t stand still,” said Dr. Omar Elloumi, chair of the oneM2M Technical Plenary, (Nokia corporate CTO group).