ETSI Launches Work on Smart Appliances Standard
Published on: 4th Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The European standards body ETSI has launched the development of a standard for communication between Smart Appliances. The future standard will be based upon ETSI's functional architecture for Machine to Machine communications and will include a common data model and the identification of communication protocols.
One of the requirements for making M2M commercially successful and widely adopted, is that they can be extended over time according to the needs and budget of the user. Such systems will therefore consist of devices from different vendors added at different points in time, with open interfaces enabling further extension. These systems will also need to be able to communicate with service platforms from different energy service providers. ETSI's proposed standard will take account of these requirements and will ensure interoperability through the integration with ETSI's M2M architecture.
In coordination with this initiative, the European Commission has just launched a "Study on the available semantics assets for the interoperability of Smart Appliances; Mapping into a common ontology as a M2M application layer semantics", which will provide input to the ETSI work.
An open workshop jointly organized by the European Commission's DG CONNECT and ETSI on Smart M2M Appliances will take place in Brussels on 27-28 May, to outline ETSI's objectives, to present the scope of the European Commission's study, and to receive feedback and input from industry and stakeholders.