M2M Service Layer: Technical Reports published

The ITU-T Focus Group on M2M Service Layer has published its final deliverables in five Technical Reports to inform ITU-T’s standardization work on machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, a study gaining traction in the ITU-T work plan as a consequence of its importance to e-health.

Established in January 2012, the Focus Group has worked to identify a set of M2M requirements common to vertical markets, focusing predominantly on healthcare in line with the strength of ITU-T’s growing volume of standardization work in this arena.

The Focus Group’s five Technical Reports pinpoint M2M standardization gaps in the e-health field, provide an overview of M2M-enabled e-health ecosystems and describe use-cases of e-health applications and services involving M2M technologies. Of the use-cases outlined, particular attention is paid to ‘remote patient monitoring’ and ‘ambient-assisted living’, areas well-suited to ITU-T’s standardization expertise.

The reports identify the requirements of the M2M service layer – common to all M2M verticals, and specific to e-health – to define an architectural framework of the M2M service layer and to analyze its application programming interface (API) and protocol requirements. The five Technical Reports are freely available here.

The conclusions put forward by the reports feed into the next meeting of the Focus Group’s parent group,  ITU-T Study Group 11 (Protocols and test specifications), at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, 9-16 July 2014. Given the cross-cutting nature of the topic, it is likely that the outcomes of the Focus Group’s study will also call for action in other expert groups, such as ITU-T Study Groups  13 (Future networks & cloud),   16 (Multimedia) and  17 (Security).

M2M is considered a key enabler of applications and services across a wide range of vertical markets such as healthcare, logistics, transport and utilities. A common M2M service layer, agreed internationally by a diverse set of stakeholders, will provide a cost-efficient platform upon which to build differentiated services across a variety of industry sectors.

e-Health – an emerging field at the intersection of medical informatics, health and business – refers to health services and information delivered through or enhanced by ICT. It is expected to provide substantial benefits to personal health by empowering individuals with tools for self-monitoring, chronic disease management and access to trusted health knowledge sources. In the public health domain, e-health will support the surveillance and management of public health interventions as well as analysis and reporting on the status of populations’ health.

More information on ITU-T work on e-health can be found here.

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