By Wojciech Czech, CTO at AVSystem.
Mr. Czech professionally focuses on tracing and anticipating the needs of the connected devices industry. As CTO, he coordinates the evolution of the technology provided by AVSystem. For the past couple of years, this has been mostly the development of IoT solutions in accordance with industry standards such as LwM2M.
Almost a year after LwM2M v.1.0 was officially approved, AVSystem consciously names 2017 as the year of increased LwM2M recognition. Also, based on the attention AVSystem has received since the release of its Anjay LwM2M SDK in February 2017, the company has observed that it is not too early to say that the adoption of the LwM2M standard has moved to a different stage. The fact is that there are now multiple early adopters worldwide that are keen to move from PoC phases to actual large-scale deployments of LwM2M, both on the client and server side. Specifically, AVSystem highlights that multiple Anjay LwM2M SDK implementations is an excellent proof point of successful and widespread protocol deployment.
Today, there are various production deployments of the Anjay LwM2M SDK in a wide range of verticals. AVSystem foresees that this number will significantly grow in 2018, as there are still dozens of use cases that haven’t been addressed yet.
Currently, the verticals where LwM2M has been implemented include: Automotive, Agriculture, Smart City, Smart Metering and E-health. And there’s definitely more to come. Another great example is the number of production deployments of the Coiote LwM2M server in the Enterprise and Telecom sectors, which AVSystem has seen doubling quarter-on-quarter over the last year.
Clearly there are several regions that are leading in terms of early market adoption. In general, we can name the following: Japan, South Korea, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Australia. Availability of LTE CAT M1 and NB-IoT in these regions will create a new spectrum of IoT use cases
The Open Mobile Alliance is fueling these trends thanks to work on the LwM2M 1.1 release that, among other features, will include LPWA bindings, which has been explained in detail in a recent press release. http://openmobilealliance.org/iot/lightweight-m2m-lwm2m/lightweightm2m-1-1-preview-3
The interest in LwM2M seems to be backed up very clearly by the industry, specifically the leading hardware and chipset manufacturers. Which is, of course, a great sign, as it indicates that the amount of LwM2M-compliant devices will be growing even more rapidly in 2018.
To learn more about LightweightM2M see: http://openmobilealliance.org/iot/lightweight-m2m-lwm2m.