TIA to Develop Common Language for Smart Devices

Smart devices, smart grids, smart motors and a myriad of other "smart" technological advances will be unable to "talk" to one another, resulting in chaotic communications' structures – unless standards are developed to enable, monitor, and ensure interoperable interfaces to the network.

That is the core focus of the new Smart Device Communications (SDC) Engineering Committee created through member companies of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a global standards developing organization (SDO).

TIA is the trade association for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, representing wireless, mobile, smart phone, network solutions, network management, data server, conferencing, M2M, fiber, satellite, cable, and other technology manufacturers and vendors that serve the needs of the connected planet.

The new committee, TR-50, is intent on speedily producing a ubiquitous protocol for communicating with smart devices used in industries such as manufacturing, medical, building automation/home automation, transportation, entertainment, semiconductor, communication, and energy distribution.

"While other protocols may accommodate accessing subsets of the information and events, no other organization addresses common requirements and interoperability of essential intelligent/smart devices across industries," stressed Charles Kenmore, TIA board member and chair of its Standards & Technical Committee.

Accessing information and events within devices has become essential in every industry. The SDC Committee will consider many possible use cases that include monitoring, as well as remote changing of state (both read and write functions). Types of information and events that any Smart Devices Communications Specification needs to accommodate include:

  • Equipment Fault Events
  • Preventive Maintenance Events
  • Energy Metrics
  • Network Metrics
  • Equipment Data (customizable)
  • Remote Diagnostics
  • Configuration Management
In developing a new protocol specification, TIA will work to incorporate the best of many specifications that have been created over the last 15 years while avoiding mistakes of the past, creating a flexible, adaptable technology protocol that will survive well into the future.

"TIA's vision for this new committee is to foster collaboration and coordination with other appropriate organizations addressing various components of smart device communication systems," said Cheryl Blum, TIA's vice president for Standards and Technology. "This initiative has already stimulated great interest among companies whose business is in smart devices, and we expect a widespread level of involvement and support."

Companies that have expressed interest in supporting this initiative include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Inc., Intel Corporation, ILS Technology, LGE, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm, Telcordia Technologies, Tyco Electronics, Verari Systems and Ygomi.

To learn more about how to participate in the new initiative, contact Cheryl Blum.

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