The GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association ) has just made available a set of guidelines on how to make use of the now ubiquitous cellular mobile wireless network to provide connectivty for Internet of Things devices.
GSMA is also developing a set of acceptance tests for IoT devices and applications to ensure best-practices are being followed. It expects the tests to be ready by February. If followed, the new GSMA guidelines could accelerate the implementation of a variety of consumer wearable and IoT applications over the cellular networks but without disrupting current uses.
The danger to the celluar network is that if IoT systems fail to use best-practices they could disrupt cellular nets, among other things casuing network signaling traffic to increase exponentially which could impact network services for all users of the mobile network.
To make sure this does not happen the GSMA's new report (“ IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines”) with a set of guidelines for developers that has received the backing of leading mobile operators including AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KT Corporation, Orange, NTT DOCOMO, Tata Teleservices Ltd., Telefónica, Telenor Connexion and VimpelCom as well as ecosystem partners including Sierra Wireless and Jasper. (The GSMA is a trade group of nearly 800 mobile operators and their vendors. )
According to Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA, the function of the report is to provide some direction to device and application developers as the IoT market develops. The guidelines include a number of best practice areas such as data aggregation within devices, non-synchronous network access, application scalability and guidance on how to manage signaling traffic from de-activated or out-of-subscription SIMs.
“It is imperative that the IoT market develops with the right standards and best practices in place, reducing undue pressure on mobile networks across the world and allowing the Internet of Things to grow unimpeded,” he said. “The GSMA has worked closely with its operator members to develop connection efficiency guidelines that ensure that IoT device and application makers can follow a common approach to create efficient, reliable services that can scale as the market grows and we encourage all parties to adopt these moving forward.”
He said the guidelines are designed to ensure that mobile networks can efficiently accommodate the increased number of connected devices and services resulting from the rapid growth of machine to machine type IoT applications.
The guidelines in the report are part of an initiative developed by the GSMA Connected Living program, designed to help operators accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the M2M market. It focuses on driving industry collaboration, promoting appropriate regulation and optimising networks to support the growth of M2M in the immediate future and the IoT in the longer term.