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Standards body targets Internet of Things protocol

Oasis sets up technical committee to support MQTT as a lightweight messaging system for M2M services


Published: 18 February, 2013

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Standards body Oasis has set up a new technical committee to establish a standard protocol to connect a huge range of devices and sensors in the 'internet of things'. This will use MQTT (Messaging Queue Telemetry Transport), a technology which originated at IBM and has been heavily supported by the IT giant, which is seeking a controlling role in IoT.

MQTT was designed as an "extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport" targeted at M2M applications or those requiring a tiny code footprint or low network bandwidth. Its supporters say it is well suited to mobile usage because of its low power and size and its "efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers".

The MQTT specification is a method "by which sensors, control systems, embedded systems and mobile devices can publish and subscribe low level, technically orientated data", said Oasis.

Oasis (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit consortium that drives standards in various areas such as web services, smart grid and security. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and boasts a lightweight standards process and transparent governance.

The new technical committee was proposed by Oasis members from, among others, IBM and Eurotech, the firms behind the original protocol, developed in 1999 by Andy Stanford-Clark and Arlen Nipper.

The new project will complement previous work by another Oasis committee, AMQP, which supports MQ-based messaging routing for enterprise applications. There is a "natural affinity to bridge MQTT with AMQP so as to connect telemetry with enterprise applications," said Oasis. Both standards reflect the evolution from packet level routing to full message-based routing using technologies like XML and MQ.

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