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TIA Announces New Initiatives to Advance Machine-to-Machine Communications and the Internet of Things

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CONTACT:  Ashley Rook, +1.202.429.4929, AshleyRook@Rational360.com

TIA Announces New Initiatives to Advance Machine-to-Machine Communications and the Internet of Things

As Part of its M2M Leadership Role, TIA will Host a May 7 Standards Conference and June 4-5 M2M-Cybersecurity Workshop; M2M Will be Central Focus at Annual TIA Conference

Arlington, VA (April 18, 2013) – With dramatic progress being made in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, is launching several initiatives to enable these technologies to fulfill their enormous societal and economic potential. 

TIA today said that it will lead, on behalf of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M Standardization Task Force (MSTF), an international conference to focus on IoT and M2M standards and protocols.  The event will take place on May 7 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, Georgia.  TIA also announced it will host an M2M-Cybersecurity Workshop, “Enabling Adoption for All,” on June 4 and 5 at TIA Headquarters in Arlington, VA, to explore the intersection of M2M and Cybersecurity as a critical path toward accelerating adoption of IoT and M2M in the marketplace.  Further, M2M will be a central focus of TIA’s annual conference in October.

“The tech and telecom industries are at a critical crossroads when it comes to advancing the development of machine-to-machine technologies,” said TIA president Grant Seiffert.  “IoT and M2M present billions of dollars in economic potential, opportunities to transform industries and hope for improving lives.  But all of this potential is at great risk if businesses, governments and academia don’t work closely together to set clear standards, address barriers to growth and anticipate future opportunities.  A top initiative for TIA this year is to foster high-level discussions and convene leading players to chart an effective future for M2M.”

Key Upcoming M2M Events:

  • May 7: GSC M2M Standardization Task Force; led by TIA in collaboration with GTRI in Atlanta, GA
  • May 13-16: TIA Delegation at GSC Meeting in Jeju, Korea
  • June 4-5: TIA M2M-Cybersecurity Workshop at TIA HQ in Arlington, VA
  • October 8-10: M2M track at TIA’s annual conference will address range of issues related to standards, business opportunities and more

Central to TIA’s M2M work is an effort to drive the development of international standards that support common protocols for the wide-scale deployment of IoT and M2M communications.  TIA is already a leader in M2M standards-setting, and is actively participating in oneM2M, a global partnership of several standards setting bodies and other organizations.

Taking this effort further, TIA is leading the GSC MSTF, and, in collaboration with the GTRI, will host a May 7 conference with a wide range of SDOs and concerned organizations.  The event will review the status of IoT and M2M standardization efforts and explore avenues for further collaboration.  This conference is particularly important because it comes in advance of the GSC meeting, which will be held in Jeju, Korea from May 13 to 16, 2013.  TIA, as a member of the GSC, will lead a delegation at that event.

Then, on June 4 and 5, TIA will bring together business leaders, policymakers and industry experts for an event exploring the critical connection between cybersecurity and the advancement of M2M.  Participants in TIA’s M2M-Cybersecurity Workshop will address the ways in which effective cybersecurity is critical for widespread adoption of M2M solutions, and discuss how industry and government can work together to ensure secure, reliable communications between devices and across platforms.  Reporters interested in attending should contact Ashley Rook to RSVP: AshleyRook@Rational360.com or 202-429-4929.

Underscoring the vital economic importance of M2M, TIA recently reported as part of its annual ICT Market Review & Forecast that M2M spending is expected to achieve a combined average growth rate of 57.2 percent over the next four years.  This rate will exceed the growth of all specialized services, including cloud computing and cybersecurity.

TIA also announced that “M2M & the Internet of Things” will be one of several core tracks at its upcoming annual conference on October 8-10.  TIA 2013: The Future of the Network conference will examine the ways in which companies are wirelessly connecting equipment and systems to improve productivity, monitor and control processes, increase efficiency, save money and stay compliant with government regulations.  The event will look at the role of standards in fostering this advancement and address how businesses can improve their own operations and business opportunities through M2M and IoT.  In advance of the conference, TIA NOW has produced an exclusive documentary that examines the future of M2M technologies.  M2M & the Internet of Things: Brace for Impact can be watched at: http://tia2013.org/future-network-documentary.

Individuals interested in attending the Atlanta GSC conference should visit http://www.tiaonline.org/standards/collaborative-activities/upcoming-gsc-mstf-events to learn more and to register for the conference.  Since seats are limited, it is advised to register as soon as possible.

Those interested in participating in the TIA M2M-Cybersecurity Workshop should visit http://www.tiaonline.org/tia-m2m-cybersecurity-workshop to learn more and register for the workshop.  Seating is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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