Machine-to-Machine Communication

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) is a paradigm in which end-to-end communication is executed without human intervention connecting non-IT objects to an IT infrastructure.

M2M communication allows organizing, tracing, and managing communicating objects while minimizing related communication costs. The concept behind M2M is not a new one. Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used in manufacturing industries since the 1970s. However, it is predicted that in the next decade the M2M market will witness accelerated growth. The forecasts regarding revenue or number of M2M connections may vary, but it is expected that there will be more objects connected to the Internet than human beings forming a global Internet of Things (IoT).

The rapidly increasing number of connected devices is based on the advancement of the semiconductor industry that continues to reduce chipset cost and power consumption. Also, network convergence and advanced wireless networks enable providing broadband data services at a significantly lower cost per transferred bit. The telecommunication industry will need to face the challenges associated with the inevitability paradigm shift from Human-2-Human communication towards M2M.

The Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenMTC platform is based on latest M2M standards and provides a realistic implementation of a cross-domain horizontal M2M platform enabling fast prototyping and know-how gain through practical experimentation. Through its openness, OpenMTC provides a hands-on shortcut in understanding M2M technology, latest standards, consideration of novel concepts, and their development.