Machine-to-machine communication in smart grids & smart cities: technologies, standards and applications

Speaker: Sofie Pollin

Company/ Institute: KU Leuven – ESAT

Event: 12th work meeting

Date: 5 February 2013


Wireless sensor networks have been identified as one of the most important technologies for the 21st century. Cheap, smart devices with multiple on-board sensors, networked through wireless links and deployed in large numbers, provide unprecedented opportunities for monitoring and controlling homes, cities, and the environment. Given the large number of devices, these networks are characterized by fully automatic data generation, exchange, processing and actuation among intelligent machines, without or with low intervention of humans. Without human intervention, we need standards that support Machine-to-Machine communication to create the Internet of Things.
In this tutorial-style presentation, an overview is given of M2M standards, coming from both the cellular or the connectivity standard families. Important differences are highlighted, but similarities are discussed as well. For instance, given the large number of devices, contention mechanisms will become important in both, as well as self-learning and self-configuration.

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