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Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2694; doi:10.3390/s17112694

A Collaboration-Oriented M2M Messaging Mechanism for the Collaborative Automation between Machines in Future Industrial Networks

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Received: 10 September 2017 / Revised: 9 November 2017 / Accepted: 13 November 2017 / Published: 22 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks)
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Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a key enabling technology for industrial internet of things (IIoT)-empowered industrial networks, where machines communicate with one another for collaborative automation and intelligent optimisation. This new industrial computing paradigm features high-quality connectivity, ubiquitous messaging, and interoperable interactions between machines. However, manufacturing IIoT applications have specificities that distinguish them from many other internet of things (IoT) scenarios in machine communications. By highlighting the key requirements and the major technical gaps of M2M in industrial applications, this article describes a collaboration-oriented M2M (CoM2M) messaging mechanism focusing on flexible connectivity and discovery, ubiquitous messaging, and semantic interoperability that are well suited for the production line-scale interoperability of manufacturing applications. The designs toward machine collaboration and data interoperability at both the communication and semantic level are presented. Then, the application scenarios of the presented methods are illustrated with a proof-of-concept implementation in the PicknPack food packaging line. Eventually, the advantages and some potential issues are discussed based on the PicknPack practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: machine-to-machine (M2M); industrial internet of things (IIoT); industrial network; collaborative automation; interoperability machine-to-machine (M2M); industrial internet of things (IIoT); industrial network; collaborative automation; interoperability
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Meng, Z.; Wu, Z.; Gray, J. A Collaboration-Oriented M2M Messaging Mechanism for the Collaborative Automation between Machines in Future Industrial Networks. Sensors 2017, 17, 2694.

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