NEC Corporation claimed today (15 December 2014) that it is the first company to test the new global oneM2M service layer standard in its Cloud City Operation Centre (CCOC) solution to enable machine-to-machine device interoperability in a live smart city programme.
Around the world cities are beginning to deploy a diversity of M2M sensors to improve the efficiency of transport, lighting, irrigation and refuse collection services and boost public safety levels by minimising pollution and waste.
NEC’s use of the open oneM2M specification makes it possible to collect data from a diversity of sensors in a consistent and secure way for statistical and billing purposes and use robust data management models to enable cities to make informed day-to-day management decisions.
NEC’s Cloud City Operation Centre (CCOC) solution is based on the FIWARE open source API-enabled platform and Generic Enabler, created by the EU-funded Future Internet project. The oneM2M stack has been added to this setup and connected to the Internet-of-Things (IoT) broker.
It uses NEC’s big data analysis platform for mass M2M data collection and processing. The Operation Centre’s advanced dashboard enables KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to be quickly cross-referenced and visualised to provide a fast overview of the status of the city.
For example, data sets on traffic, carbon monoxide, temperature and wind levels can be cross- referenced using the intuitive user interface so localised air quality alerts can be automatically issued.
Using oneM2M, sensors can be integrated using highly efficient local area protocols, such as the IETF’s (Internet Engineering Task Force) CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol) or MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport), which is currently being standardised by OASIS (the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards).
NEC is also developing a new Open Linked Data service layer to enable M2M sensor data to be easily connected and queried by third party businesses and used in innovative social media and mobile apps to benefit citizens around the world.
José Luis Maté, product and solutions senior manager at the EMEA Cloud Centre of Competence at NEC Corporation, commented: “Testing our Cloud City Operation Centre together with the oneM2M standard has already shown the value that the new international standard for M2M communication will bring for real-world computing systems.
“The flexibility of our product helped us to quickly integrate the new protocol stack. We can thus orchestrate a growing number of real world systems from various providers in a smart city and help create a brighter and smarter world. It also shows NEC’s motto, ‘empowered by innovation’ drives our technology development.”
NEC’s smart city solution was also demoed last week at the oneM2M launch event and ETSI M2M workshop in Sophia Antipolis, France, on 9-11December. It will also be featured at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Hall 3 on stand #3N10 on 2-5 March 2015.