The city of tomorrow will be shaped by machine-to-machine communication.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication serves above all the monitoring, control and localization of units that were equipped with M2M technology. It allows for innovative applications for a variety of fields, for example for building surveillance and control, electronic healthcare and smart metering.

Modern cities therefore need a flexible M2M communication infrastructure based on convergent networks that lay the foundation for new applications and their flexible combination. This leads to new possibilities for the use of previously isolated applications and data that are now the basis for new business models. For example, environmental data can be combined with up-to-date values attained from within the building to ensure the more efficient and automatic control of heating and ventilation systems. A uniform M2M communication infrastructure can make those and many other applications possible in both the private and industrial sectors. Sustainable information and telecommunication innovations are supported by the flexible availability of data and applications in all areas of urban life, such as in local electronic marketplaces.

Current research aims for the development of a generic M2M platform that is meant to act as a facilitator between different service platforms and the core network to enable the seamless communication management of different terminals, sensors and actuators. It will thus be a priority to meet the special requirements of the M2M communication and the ability to flexibly adapt the platform for special M2M service domains like the automotive sector.