M2M Working Groups

1. NT cell of DoT is working on framing policy on M2M communication. TEC had been assigned the task to undertake studies through stakeholders and finalize Indian specific standards/specifications and also to make contributions in International Standardization effort.

2. To begin with, five multi stake holders Working Groups as detailed below were formed in TEC in March 2014. Working Groups  are having  members from TEC, DoT, Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), OEMs, R&D organizations, Vertical Industries, MNCs, IT / ITes, Semiconductor industries and standardisation bodies( ETSI, TSDSI, BIS etc).

a. M2M Gateway and Architecture
b. Power
c. Automotive
d. Health
e. Safety and Surveillance

3. Joint Working Group (JWG): It comprises members of all the working groups.

4. Following new working groups have been created in June-2015

i. Security (End to End security of M2M domain)
ii. Smart Cities
iii.Smart Homes
iv. Smart villages and Agriculture
v. Smart Environment (Environment monitoring and and Pollution Control)
vi. Smart Governance

5. Frame of Reference for the working Groups was prepared and approved in the JWG meeting. (Click here)

6. Technical Reports (Release 1 and Release 2 ) of M2M working groups (Click here).


Brief of M2M / IoT
  • All the computers connected to the Internet can talk to each other. Use of mobile phones for connecting internet has revolutionized the entire scenario. With Internet of Things (IoT) the communication is extended via Internet among all the things that surround us.
  • At the first look, it may appear that Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and IoT denote the same thing. In reality, M2M is only a subset of IoT. IoT comprises M2M as well as Human-to-Machine communication (H2M). The enabling technologies for Internet of Things are sensor networks, RFID, M2M, mobile Internet, wired & wireless communication network, semantic data integration, semantic search etc. In wireless communication Wi-Fi, ZigBee, 6LOPAN, Bluetooth technologies may be used for short range connectivity among devices / devices to the gateway. Further GSM 2G/ 3G/ LTE/ Wi-Max may be used for connecting M2M gateway to the desired server.
  • The data so generated from the devices may also act as vital input for planning, management, policy and decision making
  • Examples of applications of IoT/M2M are in the domains such as smart energy, smart health, smart buildings, smart transport, smart living and smart cities.
  • At Mobile World Congress-2014 at Barcelona, world telecom leaders have projected that there may be 50 billion connected devices globally by 2020. Such projections entice the industry to explore and tap a wide range of opportunities that the M2M (Machine to Machine) communication concept offers, enabling novel business cases, enhanced workflow, efficiency and improved quality of life. Addressing requirements for such a large number of devices will be met by use of IPv6 in the telecommunication networks.
  • Prominent telecommunications standards bodies such as 3GPP, ETSI and One M2M are involved in providing recommendations and standards in the context of M2M. One M2M has released the first set of standards in January 2015.