Here is an interesting development: GSMA, a group that represents most of the world’s mobile operators, has issued guidelines for how IoT and M2M developers should communicate over mobile networks to prevent network overload.
I am not sure if this is the first of its kind but if there wasn’t one before, having a common set of guidelines will go a long way to keep the M2M/IoT momentum going.
The examples given in the IT World Canada story, like when 375,000 IoT devices switched to the backup wireless network and overloaded it, illustrate well what can happen if best practices are not observed. Aside from ensuring that mobile networks stay up and running, a common set of acceptable guidelines will also ensure a common understanding between the different M2M/IoT players as well as confidence in the value of M2M/IoT systems.
The 73-page document has been designed for both hardware and application developers and has been endorsed by many of the major carriers around the world as well as module manufacturers like Sierra Wireless. It includes guidance on data aggregation within devices, non-synchronous network access, application scalability and how to manage signalling traffic from de-activated or out-of-subscription SIMs.
These guidelines will only work if M2M/IoT developers know about them, so spread the word!