OpenMTC: Prototyping Machine Type communication in carrier grade operator networks
The current trend in operator networking is towards supporting the communication of devices which do not require human intervention for information gathering, processing and exchange over the network, generically named Machine Type Communication (MTC). This paradigm aims to increase the level of system automation in which the devices and systems can exchange and share data, facilitating the communication for other industry branches resulting in new services such as smart cities, smart grids etc. This paper introduces the OpenMTC platform a software reference implementation of the ETSI M2M standards including advanced features for machine communication, application integration, remote management and integration with available sensors and actuators. OpenMTC in addition to fostering research and development enables academic and industry researchers to rapidly realize testbeds and demonstrations in the MTC communication area.