Security at the heart of latest OneM2M standards release

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The OneM2M standards initiative has published its latest set of Internet of Things specifications, which have a heavy focus  on security.

Release 2 comprises contributions from more than 200 member companies and is aimed to open up the IoT ecosystem to devices that lack the protocol and enable interconnection between the likes of AllJoyn, the Open Connectivity Foundation and Open Mobile Alliance's Lightweight M2M standards. OneM2M said the release would "greatly expand" the number of devices that can connect to one another.

Seventeen specifications in Release 2 have been devoted to security, including the enablement of end-to-end secure information exchange between devices and servers.

Other specifications look at implementing attribute or role-based dynamic access control, which means devices can be granted temporary access to specific networks during operation.

Omar Elloumi, Chair of the oneM2M Technical Plenary, (Nokia corporate CTO group), said: “The standards published today mark a major milestone for the Internet of Things, by providing the unique value proposition of a single interworking platform for all enabled devices. As IoT devices continue to saturate society, standardisation is key to achieving universally accepted specifications and protocols for true interoperability between IoT devices and applications.”

OneM2M has also published a range of APIs and guidelines for application developers. Elloumi added: “We’re already working on Release 3 as technology advancements don’t stand still. The oneM2M global alliance is dedicated to providing the necessary interoperability to give technology suppliers and their customers secure connectivity as we embrace the next great technological revolution of the modern era.”