Technical Committee (TC) Smart Machine-to-Machine Communications (SmartM2M) Activity Report 2022

Chair: Enrico Scarrone, Telecom Italia

Developing specifications for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services and applications, including the Internet of Things (IoT).


M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communications are the foundations for a fast-emerging world of smart devices, appliances, homes, cities and communities.

TC SmartM2M (Smart M2M Communications Technical Committee) is the main Technical Body supporting ETSI’s role in the oneM2M Partnership Project ( With much of its work focused on the IoT, SmartM2M creates reports and specifications that enable users to build platforms allowing devices and services to be connected – regardless of the underlying technology used.

TC SmartM2M has primary responsibility to:

  • Provide specifications for M2M services and applications. Much of this work focuses on aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Applications/ Appliances and Smart Cities;
  • Support European policy and regulatory requirements including mandates in the area of M2M and the Internet of Things;
  • Identify EU policy and regulatory requirements on M2M services and applications to be developed by SmartM2M, and the conversion of oneM2M specifications into European Standards.

The wide scope of SmartM2M’s interests sees the committee interacting with several other ETSI Technical Bodies and projects including TCs CYBER, HF, ATTM, SmartBAN, eHealth, EMTEL and ISGs CIM and OEU, as well as with oneM2M EPP. The committee is also an active participant in relevant CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Groups on Smart Grids and Smart Manufacturing. 

The committee’s work enables connected devices to exchange information through SAREF, ETSI’s Smart Applications REFerence ontology that runs with oneM2M-compliant communication platforms. Providing building blocks that allow separation and recombination of different parts of the ontology depending on specific needs, SAREF specifies recurring core concepts in the smart applications domain and the relationships between them.

During 2022 TC SmartM2M published these new deliverables:

TS 103 779 is a Technical Specification detailing requirements and guidelines for cross-domain data usability of IoT devices. Defining minimum requirements for data and services usability on professional and general public IoT devices and platforms, it develops a horizontal cross-domain specification encompassing these requirements. 

TS 103 780 is a Technical Specification that provides guidelines for the use of SAREF over oneM2M (also including Smart Device Template interoperability) for vertical industry sectors.

TR 103 783 is a Technical Report on SDT interoperability and oneM2M base ontology alignment. Assuring alignment of SAREF and the oneM2M base ontology, it offers guidelines on how devices adopting the oneM2M SDT (Smart Device Template) informational model can interoperate with oneM2M devices and systems adopting SAREF and vice versa.

TS 103 849 is a Technical Specification that considers standardization of the IoT system for Smart Escalators. This complements the related family of Smart Lifts standards, namely TR 103 546 ‘Requirements & Feasibility study for Smart Lifts in IoT’, TS 103 735 ‘Smart Lifts IoT System’ and TS 103 410-11 ‘Extension to SAREF; Part 11: Lift Domain’ (SAREF4LIFT). 

Under the leadership of ETSI’s Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI), SmartM2M also continued its contribution to a set of standardized conformance test specifications (Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes and Abstract Test Suite) for oneM2M architecture and core protocols. 

Part of ETSI’s New Working Methods initiative, the official ETSI portal for SAREF gives user communities direct links to SAREF ontologies and related work items. See the latest SAREF core, extensions, specifications and documentation at


See the full list of SmartM2M Work Items currently in development here.