190 ITU-T countries approve oneM2M standards for IoT ecosystem

03 May 2023

More than 190 ITU-T member countries have approved oneM2M specifications as ITU standard, simplifying the IoT ecosystem lifecycle by minimizing development, deployment, and maintenance costs.

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.

“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,” said Roland Hechwartner of Deutsche Telekom and the Technical Plenary Chairman of oneM2M.