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IoT Standard Could Spur Breakthroughs, Industry Group Says

Daily Insight | Brian Partridge | April 29, 2013

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While the proliferation of connected devices is deepening around the globe, innovation for the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections may be falling short of its potential. That may soon change, however, thanks to greater use of open standards.

 

According to Computerworld, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently highlighted the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) standard as able to support the IoT. The group says the MQTT will serve as the “messaging protocol of choice” for the IoT.

 

"We know historically that unless you get to an open standard like this, it is not possible to drive the breakthroughs that are needed,” said IBM official Mike Riegel, according the news provider. He added that MQTT could spur innovation in the space, much as HTTP previously did for the sharing of information through the World Wide Web.

 

Yankee Group VP of Research Brian Partridge comments

 

“The MQTT protocol has actually been around for nearly 10 years—so it’s silly to position it as a new standard. IBM and Eurotech combined forces to develop the lightweight protocol in a joint project. The appeal of MQTT is that its overall footprint is lightweight, its design characteristics are battery friendly for connected devices, use small message headers which minimizes network traffic load and is based on TCP/IP. 

 

These attributes enticed Facebook to use the MQTT protocol to support its Messenger mobile application—representing a major vote of confidence that put MQTT on the map. The lack of generally accepted, open standards for M2M communications will continue to be a challenge for the industry, but not a debilitating one. If MQTT can gain wide acceptance it will help reduce some, but not all, of the fragmentation that exists today. It does help that OASIS is getting behind the standard—this group’s endorsement and support will bring MQTT additional visibility and credibility for M2M/IoT application developers.”

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