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ATIS Launches Focus Group to Address Opportunities for ICT in the Emerging M2M Economy

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ATIS Launches Focus Group to Address Opportunities for ICT in the Emerging M2M Economy




WASHINGTON – ATIS today announced the launch of the Machine-to-Machine Focus Group (M2M-FG), an initiative of the ATIS Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council. The Focus Group will address how to seize core opportunities through standards work for ICT solutions as they pertain to M2M as well as Smart Grid and the connected vehicle.




“M2M is creating an entire ecosystem and economy with significant revenue creation opportunities,” said ATIS President and CEO, Susan Miller. “Value added services associated with M2M remain a relatively untapped market for ICT. The Focus Group’s work gives ATIS member companies the opportunity to shape and define ICT’s contribution to this burgeoning space.”




Earlier this year, the ATIS TOPS Council formed a Landscape Team to examine the relationships among M2M, Smart Grid, and the connected vehicle, and identify areas that require further standards assessment and development. This effort focused on assessing the need to develop a common M2M service platform that can be utilized by both the Smart Grid and connected vehicle.




The initial work of the M2M-FG will assess standards issues in the areas of: carrier portability for devices without need to swap out SIMs and for embedded SIM devices; inter-service platform communication if needed; provisioning, activation, and billing; the abstraction layer and the service delivery platform. The Group’s work also will include the development of partner/relationship maps with other non-ATIS vendors and standards development organizations.




The ATIS M2M-FG is co-chaired by Jeff Edlund, CTO, Communications & Media Solutions, HP; and Gale Lightfoot, Senior Staff Program Manager, Office of the CTO, Service Provider Business Unit, Cisco. Twenty companies are participating in the group: ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, CenturyLink, Cisco, Ericsson, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm, Sprint, SureWest, Syniverse, Telephone & Data Systems, Telcordia and Verizon.




About ATIS




ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 200 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ Committees, covering issues including: IPTV, Cloud Services, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support, Emergency Services, Architectural Platforms and Emerging Networks. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address evolving industry priorities including Smart Grid, Machine-to-Machine, Connected Vehicle, IP Downloadable Security, Policy Management, and Network Optimization.




ATIS is a founding partner of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.





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