performance data, etc. The data collectedmay consist of a combination of lowbandwidth sensor information and, at thesame time, high bandwidth, rich displaycontent. Ensuring that each differentstream of data receives the appropriateclass of service is a complex challenge.As a result, there is a need for smartM2M aggregation devices that can collectdata from a range of local serving devicesand forward it in a timely and efcientmanner to the network using a connection:such as a mobile Radio Access Network(RAN). This capability is now available inan Intel® Atom™ processor-based M2MOpen Service Platform, which intelligentlymanages M2M data from a wide rangeof serving devices and provides efcientoptimisation and routing to the collectioncentre across the RAN. The M2M OpenService Platform incorporates softwarefrom GoS* Networks, which performsprioritisation and optimisation of trafcand policy enforcement, ensuring that eachindividual application and device has fairand appropriate access to the RAN.
M2M Open Service Platform
For M2M opportunities to be realised, thecomplex issue of managing multiple datastreams from the same location or vehicleneeds to be addressed. Simplifying accessand control of data collection, the M2M OpenService Platform - built with powerful Intel®architecture processors – is a single-box,Nano-express based form factor solutionthat functions as an M2M gateway, collection,aggregation and forwarding device.
By deploying the M2M Open ServicesPlatform, M2M application vendors andMNOs can efciently collect prioritiseddata from multiple sources and ensure thatappropriate QoS is applied to each stream.Some of the benets provided by the M2MOpen Services Platform include:
• Simplies M2M service delivery by providinga single, common aggregation point formultiple, variable bandwidth data streams
• Manages, aggregates, sorts and prioritisesM2M data• Optimises M2M data collection byefciently prioritising trafc withdifferent QoS requirements• Ensures each managed device has fairaccess to the network• Provides a central “connection manager”responsible for managing multiple localinterfaces• Protects infrastructure investments withan Intel® architecture-based platform thatcan run current and future applications forM2M data collection
The most important feature of the M2MOpen Service Platform is the provision of awide range of local and wide area networkconnectivity options. A complete softwarestack is provided that includes the connectionmanager and supports options for integratingdifferent WANs and gateways.
Southbound on the LAN side, the M2MOpen Service Platform supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Zigbee*, Gigabit Ethernetand USB connectivity for Bluetooth* andZWave*, ensuring connectivity to anyPersonal Area Network (PAN).Northbound to the RAN, any carriermodem device can be integrated, providingconnectivity to 3G UMTS / HSPX networksand allowing full 4G access to be supportedin the future.Other key features and functionality:• Zero-touch provisioning and remotemanageability using TR-069
Figure 1. Two-Dimensional Classication of Network Quality
• Self-diagnostic and management features• Security and rewall via IPSec / VPN, orLink Layer• Monitoring, statistics and alarms• Small form factor• Thermal solutions for compute andradio modules• Server applications (e.g., Web, File, Media)• Back-up and failover functionality• Application framework for enabling Javaand other applications to be run on theplatform itself
Dening Service Quality Classes
The rapid growth of M2M trafc is creatingan opportunity for service providers andM2M application vendors to improvethe quality and delivery of collecteddata. A major issue is that the standarddelivery process does not provide any
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predictable level of quality of service(QoS); that is to say, there is absolutelyno guarantee. In orderer to be effective,M2M applications that generate trafcwith high bandwidth demands requireQoS guarantees. Application vendors andMNOs can differentiate their servicesbased on the promise of reliable QoS andservice guarantees. A successful QoSmechanism for demanding and emergingM2M applications must simultaneouslyprovide reliable quality to an assortmentof aggregated M2M services, each withdifferent needs.