In October 2020, the development of Smart Cities in India has been given a boost after the decision of the national government’s Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) to adopt the oneM2M specifications as national standard. This will enable greater collaboration between IoT solution developers and reduce the time to bring innovation to market.

The standard, developed by a joint global collaborative effort, has already been transposed in India by the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). The national adoption of the oneM2M standard highlights the importance of collaboration, testing and certification in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and software and it will also propel India in the global Internet of Things market.

“We are very pleased that the oneM2M standard has been selected as a national standard in India as national governments across the globe continue to realise the immense importance of IoT,” said Enrico Scarrone, Steering Committee Chair at oneM2M. “This announcement highlights the crucial role that oneM2M plays in helping to connect IoT applications and in enabling mass deployment across industries by limiting complexity and scalability issues.”

As India strives to deliver over 100 smart cities across the country, this standard, once incorporated into the RFPs, would not only become a catalyst of growth for the Indian IoT market and software industry but it would also ensure interoperability and security in the entire ecosystem and bring India closer to becoming ‘Digital India’. As India places renewed emphasis on IoT standardisation in areas such as Smart Cities, the oneM2M standard underlines the significance of standardised framework in helping to enable a smarter and more secure future.

“Adoption of these standards helps establish the much-needed standardised technology framework for providing Machine to Machine (M2M) services in India,” said Pamela Kumar Director-General at TSDSI. “It enables users and application service providers in various vertical domains to use “vertical agnostic” end-to-end M2M platforms, with well-defined common service functionalities. This is expected to accelerate deployment of M2M services across verticals, and facilitate optimal utilisation of communication layer resources.”

“IoT/M2M will play a significant role in the expansion of the digitally connected society and the realisation of the Smart City Mission program in India,” said Sh. Udai K. Srivastava, Senior DDG at TEC. “We are pleased to announce the adoption of oneM2M global standards as national standards for the IoT/M2M ecosystem in India. We have completed this adoption process after following an exhaustive process of consultation as well as critical analysis by a Consultative Committee.”

Made up of more than 200 members organisations, oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services and as the oneM2M platform has been developed in an open environment and has clear governance, this helps facilitate trust in its specifications. In recent years, oneM2M has hosted numerous IoT workshops and industry days across India as the country seeks to mandate standards for the national implementation of IoT based systems and applications.

About oneM2M

oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world's preeminent standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (U.S.), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (U.S.), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with industry fora or consortia (GlobalPlatform) and over 200 member organizations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see: