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Computers 2014, 3(4), 130-173;

A Survey on M2M Service Networks

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Kaitoväylä 1, Oulu 90571, Finland
Vektor Telematics Necatibey Caddesi, Akçe Sokak, No: 6 Karaköy Istanbul, 34420 Turkey
Bull, 207, Cours du Medoc, Bordeaux 33000, France
CNRS-LAAS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche BP 54200 31031 Toulouse cedex 4, France
Thales Communications S.A. 160, Boulevard de Valmy—BP 82. 92704 Colomber, France
UAB, Celphis Etse Campus, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanvola del Valles), Barcelona, Spain
Polar Elektro Oy. Professorintie 5, Kempele 90440, Finland
CEA. Saclay DRT/LIST/DIASI/LSC Bat 528, Boite courrier 94. 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, Cedex, France
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Received: 8 January 2014 / Revised: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 20 November 2014
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The number of industrial applications relying on the Machine to Machine (M2M) services exposed from physical world has been increasing in recent years. Such M2M services enable communication of devices with the core processes of companies. However, there is a big challenge related to complexity and to application-specific M2M systems called “vertical silos”. This paper focuses on reviewing the technologies of M2M service networks and discussing approaches from the perspectives of M2M information and services, M2M communication and M2M security. Finally, a discussion on technologies and approaches potentially enabling future autonomic M2M service networks are provided. According to our conclusions, it is seen that clear definition of the architectural principles is needed to solve the “vertical silo” problem and then, proceeding towards enabling autonomic capabilities for solving complexity problem appears feasible. Several areas of future research have been identified, e.g., autonomic information based services, optimization of communications with limited capability devices, real-time messaging, creation of trust and end to end security, adaptability, reliability, performance, interoperability, and maintenance. View Full-Text
Keywords: machine to machine communication; Internet of things; cyber-physical systems machine to machine communication; Internet of things; cyber-physical systems

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Latvakoski, J.; Iivari, A.; Vitic, P.; Jubeh, B.; Alaya, M.B.; Monteil, T.; Lopez, Y.; Talavera, G.; Gonzalez, J.; Granqvist, N.; Kellil, M.; Ganem, H.; Väisänen, T. A Survey on M2M Service Networks. Computers 2014, 3, 130-173.

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