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[November 07, 2012]

Standards Group Created to Permit Internet of Things Growth

Nov 07, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Weightless, a global organisation responsible for delivering royalty-free open standards to enable the Internet of Things, announced a new Special Interest Group (SIG) to accelerate the adoption of "Weightless" as a wireless wide area global standard for machine to machine (M2M) short to mid-range communications.

According to a release, ARM, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, CSR and Neul have formally signed the 'SIG Promoter Agreement' which details how they will back Weightless's mission to establish a new standard and encourage its adoption worldwide. The Weightless standard this group will define is on track for completion in early 2013.

Weightless argues that a standard designed specifically for short to mid-range machine communications within white space is needed. Weightless technology has been optimised for this specific scenario and is delivered as a royalty-free open standard.

The formation of the SIG is a step in building a new Communications Global Standard for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT). The Special Interest Group has been formed to support an expanding need to meet the demands of embedded intelligence everywhere, creating efficiencies in countless ways by giving the world access to data, the means to analyze it and then to act upon it in a managed way.

This means a common set of standards that deliver the key requirements for M2M communications, including a chipset cost under $2, a range of up to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.

Professor William Webb, CEO of Weightless said, "This is a very important milestone for Weightless. The SIG now has a Board comprising leading players spanning processors, networks, chipsets and innovative wireless technologies. Weightless has gained a solid legal framework enabling royalty-free licensing of terminal-related technology. Our plan is to rapidly grow membership from our current base of 50 high-technology companies and I would strongly encourage interested parties to join this world-changing initiative." Mike Muller, chief technology officer, ARM said, "The Internet of Things requires new thinking about technology. As data levels soar across the world, new ways need to be found to ensure wireless communication can be seamless. This includes the next wave of connectivity across smart grids, enhanced healthcare, smart cities, asset tracking, sensors and future applications as yet unimagined. With common standards we can all benefit from intelligence embedded and connected everywhere, so the ARM team is excited about the huge potential this standard will unlock." Paul Brodrick, Utilities Business Development Director, Cable&Wireless Worldwide said, "Having another agreed standard is going to accelerate the growth and acceptance of M2M communications. I believe that the work of the SIG will help to bring the benefits of smarter short to mid-range communications to a much wider audience." Weightless, based in Cambridge, UK, is the world's leading white space M2M standards body.

Machine communications, often termed M2M, has long been forecast to be a sector with massive growth. Recent forecasts of 50 billion connected devices by 2020 from cars to sensors to traffic lights to healthcare applications and much more.

Weightless' central mission is to co-ordinate industry players to foster the development of a new communications standard (called Weightless) to enable efficient machine-to-machine communications in white space.

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