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M2M Alliance and Eclipse: Working to fight the dark forces of fragmentation

Lucy Carey
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World’s largest IoT organisation joins forces with open source giant to help steer the future of the technology.

It’s been in the offing for a while now, but last
week, it was officially confirmed that the M2M Alliance, the
world’s largest professional machine-to-machine association, and
software experts the Eclipse Foundation will be joining forces.

The M2M Alliance is a cross-industry group of
companies interested in the potential of (and potential profits
from) the Internet of Things, and its 76 strong members include
T-Mobile, Huawei, Vodafone, and Intel.

Now a full card carrying member of the Eclipse
Associate Member and Eclipse Membership At Large communities, in a

press release
, the Alliance states their intention to support
the globally operating open source community and contribute to the
development of new technologies, solutions and standards.

This partnership certainly makes sense. There’s
already a growing M2M presence within the open source community.
For example, the Eclipse M2M Working Group, a collaboration of
individuals and organizations who are building a community of open
source projects for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT)
applications.

The goal of the community is to provide M2M
frameworks, protocols and tools that can be used in commercial
products and applications. Current Eclipse
M2M
projects include:
Mihini
, Koneki ,
Paho, the Eclipse
SmartHome
project, Ponte,
and Krikkit.

With industry experts predicting up to
80 billion
connected devices to go live by 2020, there’s a
small but growing movement within the industry to work to avoid
fragmentation and silos within this burgeoning sector. But, as the
lack of even a singular name for the concept demonstrates, an
overarching common vision for the technology is yet to be forged.
At the moment, as well as ‘M2M’, the IoT is also referred to as the
Industrial Internet, the Internet of Everything, and the Internet
of Objects.

As
Daniel Robinson
notes, whilst there is a lot of talk of Jetsons
style smart houses and intelligent kitchenware just around the
corner, in reality, “Just how all of this is supposed to work is
noticeably absent from any discussion of the Internet of
Things.”

Partnerships such as that of the M2M Alliance and Eclipse
can only serve to foster intelligent, and, essentially, realistic
dialogue between industry leaders. And, for a technology couched on
the concept of objects being able to ‘talk’ to each other, that can
only be a good thing.

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