Centre unveils policy roadmap on machine-to-machine communications

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018

Betting on wearable devices: Ravi Shankar Prasad (centre), Minister for Communications and IT, releasing the ‘National Telecom M2M Roadmap’ in New Delhi on Tuesday. Rakesh Garg (left), Secretary, DoT, and RS Sharma,Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, are also seen. - Photo: KAMAL NARANG   -  Business Line

M2M will be key for ‘Make in India’, smart cities projects, says Minister

Smart street lights that can be controlled from a remote location, parking meters that give advance alerts about vacant slots to approaching vehicles and power meters that do not require manual reading for billing purpose could soon become a reality.

The Centre, on Tuesday, announced a roadmap to make such use of technology under a reference document called ‘National telecom machine-to-machine roadmap’.

The roadmap is aimed at provide broad guidance on developing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Specifics related to policy issues including numbering plan , spectrum availability, formulation of service provider registration process and guidelines for know your customer will be spelt out subsequently.

Connecting things

M2M communications essentially means connecting things like cars, street lights and washing machines to the Internet to enable remote control and sensor-based actions. Such technologies are in a nascent stage. Globally, this is being utilised for trials in the automobile industry, for example, for identification, tracking and monitoring for vehicles. Wearable devices are also being used for tracking of cattle and even children for their whereabouts.

But to do this at national level, there is a need for a common platform so that all involved- telecom companies, manufacturers of these devices, chip makers and utility companies work on the same standards.

“M2M communications will impact every aspect of life of a common man and result in substantial and tangible social and economic benefits to consumers, businesses, citizens and government,” Communications and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said.

Key for govt projects

Speaking at the ‘Smart infrastructure: Supporting policies and regulations for M2M communications’ conference here, Prasad said that M2M is going to be the key enabler for the government vision of ‘Digital India’, “Make in India’ and proposed smart cities in the country. “Adoption of M2M-based applications in areas like healthcare, tele-education, smart grid, smart building and smart city, have enormous potential to boost the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.

He also said the government cannot do such projects alone and private players have to be part of it.

Published on May 12, 2015

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