NewsAllgemeinINSIDE M2M starts new research project

In the project “Enhanced M2M – Intelligent and agile processing of M2M events using Complex Event Processing”, INSIDE M2M is studying the innovative use of techniques from the field of complex event processing for the intelligent networking of machines and devices in an M2M environment.

The project partner is Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, „Faculty IV – Economic Studies and Computer Science“, represented by the professors Dr. Ralf Bruns and Dr. Jürgen Dunkel and their project team. The research project is being sponsered by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

A key feature of recent technological progress is the continuously expanding use of digital data networks. Whereas formerly only pure IT components were networked, in recent times more and more intelligent machines are provided with suitable communication components and can be integrated within IT networks. So-called M2M (Machine-to-Machine) systems use different communication mechanisms to monitor and control machines and devices without manual intervention and to exchange data.

M2M systems are already being used for a wide range of applications, e.g. management of solar power installations, vehicles, building components, multifunction printers and vending machines. The aim of the project is the design and implementation of an overlying real-time-capable and flexible software architecture for M2M systems. The technical basis of the projects is to apply innovative concepts of software technology which have not been used in the M2M field up to now:

  1. Complex Event Processing (CEP): A central, new software component consists of a CEP container which extends the previous software architecture with the ability to intelligently evaluate and efficiently process machine data in the form of continuous event streams.
  2. Domain Specific Language (DSL): A further aim of the project is to develop a Domain Specific Language for machine to machine applications. The language should be problem-oriented, simple, easy to learn and also usable by M2M experts, and allow CEP to be effectively and flexibly applied to M2M systems.

The intended result of the project is to develop an integrated M2M system based on Complex Event Processing, which combines intelligent data correlation, rapid reaction time and high flexibility. It will enable a new quality of M2M applications which will benefit the customers of INSIDE M2M.