NetComm Wireless (ASX: NTC) has introduced an M2M ‘enabler’ using the Open Mobile Alliance’s (OMA) Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) protocol saying it “addresses a significantly larger global M2M market by standardising processes for simple and economical remote management between M2M devices and their management platforms.”
LWM2M is a new technical standard for remote management of m2m devices. In essence, it is a communications protocol running between LWM2M software clients embedded on all sorts of M2M devices and their M2M management platforms. (You can find details of it here.)
The protocol transfers a minimal amount of data between devices and their management platforms, using any network, to improve the practicality and reduce operational cost of M2M in areas such as smart cities, smart homes, smart metering, tracking, industry and agriculture.
According to NetComm Wireless, it overcomes the constraints of high development costs, proprietary limitations and scalability by offering standardised device management as well as a small central processing unit and memory footprint and simplified M2M application development. “The new protocol significantly drives down the cost and complexity of carrying out critical device management tasks such as: bootstrapping and registration, firmware updates, remote configuration, parameter retrieval, event notifications, remote diagnostics and remote reboot.
“LWM2M is essential for overcoming the obstacles of an inflexible M2M landscape and will bring about a much needed move away from today’s fragmented and proprietary solutions. The new standard is suitable for the whole M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) market, providing support for remote device management and simple M2M application management using the same solution.”
NetComm CEO, David Stewart, said “Interoperability testing in Dusseldorf has shown NetComm Wireless to have the most advanced implementation on the device side and we are pleased to be among the first to introduce M2M devices that work with any LWM2M management platform to unleash the full potential of wireless M2M and IoT.”