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Global Standards Enable Cellular Operators to Capture Potential of M2M Communications

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 9:54am
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. demonstrated a wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications prototype as an adjunct to a meeting of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Philadelphia, PA on September 13-17, 2010. The technology architecture demonstrated is expected to help cellular operators capture the potential of M2M communications in an efficient technical manner with a viable and compelling business model, supporting the group’s mission to define the operation of future M2M communications and the seamless integration with wireless networks.

The event, hosted by InterDigital®, was the first meeting of the ETSI M2M committee held outside of Europe, illustrating the significance of M2M communications on a global scale and InterDigital’s ongoing prominent participation with standards bodies worldwide. Over forty telecommunications experts from leading companies and organizations around the world participated in shaping wireless technologies that connect people and devices – ranging from remote monitoring and control to e-health, smart transportation, and intelligent homes – changing the way people live, work and play.

InterDigital demonstrated a working prototype of an end-to-end architecture that interconnects cellular and non-cellular (e.g. WPAN, WLAN) networks seamlessly, using the cellular network to remotely manage and control both cellular and non-cellular M2M devices.

This architecture is being standardized within ETSI in order to enable a broad range of M2M applications in vertical markets such as smart energy, healthcare, transportation, and security. The standardization of service platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs) creates a much needed and attractive way for cellular operators to capitalize on the boom in wireless M2M deployments.

France Telecom's Marylin Arndt, Chairman of the ETSI M2M committee, thanked InterDigital for hosting this meeting, the 12th such meeting of the committee since its creation in January 2009. Ms. Arndt also praised the commitment and hard work of the committee's delegates who represent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies around the world. She announced that the first step of the standardization process, defining requirements for the system, had been successfully completed and that work continues to develop the detailed standards.

A first release of the M2M standard is foreseen for the first semester of 2011, enabling the global industry to deliver M2M services. She stressed the demanding challenges of this work: including the very short deadlines and the need to synchronize with M2M initiatives which have been set up in other standards organizations and industrial alliances, in order to ensure interoperability and interworking.

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