Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) is soon planning to initiate a proper consultation process for put together a framework that can govern the machine-to-machine communication and Internet of Things technologies that are considered to be the basic concepts of smart homes and smart cars. Internet of Things, fuelled by machine-to-machine communication essentially points at and refers to microprocessor and sensor fitted gadgets or ‘things’ within a network talking to each other. The gadgets or things should be swapping real-time data and information to perform specific actions, with computer-connected individuals engaged in remote monitoring. M2M communication can include a gas, electricity or water meter communicating information that can record information such as consumption level or a vending machine alerting distributor when stocks run low or even transmission of data about personal appliances. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850MbpsAlso Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
“TRAI is planning to issue a consultation paper to create a framework for the M2M and IoT,” sources told PTI. The consultation paper dealing with the subject is likely to be issued this month, they added.
Accordingly, the technology can be applied to smart buildings, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, connected automobiles and utilities among others areas. “The issues that would be looked at include the numbering scheme of devices… are there any regulatory hurdles that exist… what should be the framework governing M2M communication,” sources added. Smart homes concept can include sensor-equipped home appliances, security and surveillance, air conditioning and heating, as well as entertainment devices – all hooked to a network and relaying information to house owners or services companies. ALSO READ: TRAI may soon put an end to autoplay video ads on the internet
“Today the concept of connected homes is gaining ground but there is no framework for M2M or IoT,” the source added. Research firm Gartner estimates that 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use globally in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and this number set to touch 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new ‘things’ will get connected every day, according to Gartner. Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015.