The amount of network-connected devices, capable of M2M communication, is
increasing rapidly. Connecting these devices to a network and services is
challenging even for experts and almost impossible for consumers. VTT
Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating an European ICT project,
which focuses on services offered through Machine-To-Machine networks
consisting of a variety of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, sensors,
actuators and machines.
The project aims to apply autonomic computing and communication paradigms in a
way which permits problem caused by increasing complexity in M2M networks to
be solved. For example, making equipment and service products work in complex
environments is very challenging for consumers, and therefore customer support
functions may be expensive for companies.
in M2M networks (A2Nets) project approaches the problem from a horizontal
viewpoint, aiming to fulfil the requirements of several domains. The
horizontal architecture, standards and enabling solutions of M2M systems are
being developed to boost the technology usage in several vertical solutions.
The results of the project are being evaluated in test environments related to
telematics, energy and well-being.
Made up of 24 partners,
the international Eureka/ITEA2 A2Nets consortium has received 23.5 million
euros of funding for its M2M research. In addition to VTT, the project
consortium includes among others Atos, Bull, Gemalto, Innova, Polar, Rücker
Lypsa and Thales. The project will run until spring 2014.
is the leading European programme for software-intensive systems and services
(www.itea2.org).The programme currently
involves over 140 projects and over 1,000 partners from 30 countries.