Messaging standard for machine-to-machine sensors makes headway

One version of the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol could boost applications for the Internet of things.

A bevy of enterprise technology players are teaming up on an open standard that will allow more machine-to-machine intelligence to be swapped.

The move will enable better applications and analytics for the so-called Internet of things. Cisco, Eclipse Foundation, Eurotech, IBM, Kaazing, M2Mi, Red Hat, Software AG, and Tibco, members of the OASIS open standards consortium, will develop one version of the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol. 

MQTT, which is already used in sensors and medical devices, is a lightweight messaging system that will connect sensors and physical items to servers and networks. If successful, MQTT will enable data to be swapped between sensors, tablets, phones and data centers. MQTT will be standardized for low bandwidth, power and code and efficient distribution of data.

The MQTT specification has been contributed to the OASIS MQTT Technical Committee by IBM and Eurotech.