OMA Workshop ‘Home Environment Services’

February 23, 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

At their member meeting in Honolulu, the OMA held a workshop on the topic of ‘Home Environment Services’. The event attracted over 70 attendees, and 8 interesting papers by distinguished presenters from the OMA membership.

A few years ago, the World Wireless Research Forum (WWRF) predicted that by 2017 there would be 7 trillion devices for 7 billion people. In other words, there will be a thousand devices for every man, woman and child on the planet. Whether this prediction is accurate or not, we can all observe that the number of devices is growing rapidly and the expectation is that most if not all of them will be connected in some way. Not only your computer and their peripheral devices are connected in home networks, but such networks will include your TV, game console, and music player as well. Add to this smart meters, medical and environmental sensors, security monitoring equipment, etc, and you can see the so-called ‘network of things’ emerge.

Personal Network Services, Wireless Sensor Networks, Machine-to-machine communication, and Near-me Area Networks are R&D domains relevant in this space.
At the workshop, OMA members explored these trends and technologies, in particular how they apply services to end-users in the home environment. The workshop exit survey showed that the topic of Home Environment Services was considered relevant to their business by all OMA member attendees, with almost three quarters rating the topic as very relevant.

Home Environment Services opens up the possibility to offer services that are meaningful to a group of people in close proximity, even if those people are not connected to the same physical network or using the same operator. Such end-users are often members of a family, where the family relationship leads to different requirements and properties of the services that are offered (e.g. different privacy constraints and access rights, specific mobility characteristics, possibility of discounted connectivity rates, etc). Home environment services are related to the concept of Home Networking, e.g. the service can be offered to run between devices in the home environment, or between devices in the home environment and devices outside.

The Papers

Wang Shanshan (China Mobile) kicked off the workshop on Home Environment Services by outlining different scenarios from an operator’s perspective, highlighting the advantages for operators in deploying such services, emphasizing in particular the importance of family-relationship and role models for service requirements. Finally, Shanshan deduced technical requirements describing required features for a unified platform and device-side framework supporting Home Environment Services.

China Mobile does expect technical solutions leading to product implementations from the industry.
One OMA enabler that will play a role within the Home Environment Service concept, according to Xhafer Krasniqi (NEC), is the Converged Personal Network Services (CPNS) enabler, which enables full convergence between Cellular/WAN and Home Electronic Devices. Xhafer, representing the CPNS working group, outlines how CPNS fits in the Home Environment, identifies stakeholders and introduces main use cases as well as provides insights of technical details. Concluding by also presenting market trends and main drivers for CPNS take off. The CPNS Enabler will reach the Candidate status during 2011.

Starting from existing products, Youn-Sung Chu (LG Electronics) sees great business opportunity in the new user experiences coming from converging home environment products. LG distinguishes two approaches in HES, one narrow, limited to home area services and a broad HES approach, with focus on the living of human based on home-oriented activities. Some use cases were presented as well as several activities in the SDO area like ETSI M2M, UPnP/DLNA. The presentation concluded with a brief discussion of possible future activities in this area of OMA.

With a large number of smart devices playing a role in Home Environment Services, there is a demand for managing, controlling and updating these devices in an effective way. At present, important standardization activity about Device Management for mobile networks takes place in OMA, addressing protocols (used by server to communicate with and to operate on a device), the data model (the information handled by the protocol), and policies (the rules and authorizations which allow a provider to operate DM actions on a device).

In this context, Bipin Patel (Interop Technologies) has provided an overview on OMA GwMO (Gateway Management Object) Enabler, an enabler that may find its practical place in the Digital Home Environment.

The scope of OMA GwMO is to facilitate the interaction between a management server and a management client in situations where a direct interaction is not possible (e.g. device sitting behind a firewall, device supports a management protocol other than OMA-DM). In this way, the devices are managed indirectly through a gateway (this gateway is managed by an OMA DM server, and in turn, the gateway manages other devices under it). The GwMO Enabler will reach Candidate status during 2011.

Kong Posh Bhat (Samsung Electronics) has provided a view on the role that OMA may play in the Home Environment Services. The realization of the total vision of Connected Home Services will require the collaborative confluence of multiple SDOs. OMA has developed a strong suite of technologies in many areas (such as standardization of APIs, Digital Rights Management, Location based services) that can be leveraged in the Digital Home Environment;on the other hand, there are other SDOs (such as UPnP, HGI, OSGi) OMA may work with as part of a whole ecosystem consortium to get a holistic view and a total solution.

Mark Staskauskas (Qualcomm Incorporated) has provided an overview on the ‘The Internet of Everything’ and its relationship with the Digital Home Environment; this new paradigm of Internet is enabled by the real time exchange of information between (potentially billions of connected) objects. Market research shows that there is an interest expressed by consumers on new connected home experience (Home Security, Home Energy Management, Home Automation) and in home healthcare services (Remote Patient Monitoring, Ambient Assisted Living), and in this scenario cellular connectivity is definitely a solution of choice (anytime, anywhere connectivity) that complements short-range connectivity.

Thibaud Mienville (Orange) proposed a number of key strategic items to drive OMA activities in the future within the context of the Home Environment Service. Thibaud argued for the enabling of service access for multi-access and multi-device environment, using IMS as the tool of convergence. OMA has a role to play in standardization of new Person-Person communication, such Telepresence, in the context of Home Environment Services. OMA should leverage their enablers in the area of user preferences and device capabilities, and evolve their work on security (e.g. user authentication, application authorization) and device management related aspects.

Linyi Tian (Huawei Technologies) presented his companies’ view on Future IPTV Services in Connected Home Environment. Telecommunication service providers are aggressively moving towards Content Business via IPTV, and this opens up new business models and revenue opportunities. According to Linyi, OMA can play a role in the standardization of this domain, through collaboration with other SDOs (OIPF, DLNA, HGI, 3GPP, MPEG, IETF, etc), promoting existing OMA Enablers (DM, Mobile AD, APIs, CPM, CAB, CPNS, etc) and initiate work on new service enablers (e.g. Open APIs for IPTV Capabilities, Federated Social Network, Social REST APIs and Auth Framework for APIs).

The Presenters

Wang Shanshan works for China Mobile and is mainly engaged in research and development of mobile value-added services. She Joined OMA in 2007 and has participated in various activities in multiple working groups, including the work items for Converged IP Messaging, Converged Address Book, and RESTful bindings for Parlay X Web Services.


Xhafer Krasniqi is a Senior Consultant at NEC, where he has worked for more than 10 years. Prior to this, Xhafer worked for MCI WorldCom and Philips Electronics. His involvement in the Telecom Industry began in 1996. Xhafer was actively involved in a number of Standards organizations such as IETF, ETSI, MSF, ECMA focused on Internet protocols, VoIP, NGN, 60GHz, green energy etc., and continues to be involved in OMA since its founding, focusing on mobile applications and services. Xhafer holds a PhD in Telecom and an MSc in IT both from London University. He is a member of IEE and IEEE. In addition to his Standards related activities, he has submitted a number of academic papers and presentations. Xhafer holds a visiting lectureship position at UBT-University for Business and Technology in Prishtina, Kosova.

Youn-Sung Chu as a Senior Research Engineer in the CTO division of LG Electronics has made great endeavors for Security, DRM and Convergence technologies since 2004, and also takes the role of a leader for Mobile Application Standardization. He is the LG Electronics OMA delegation technical co-ordinator, a leading contributor in OMA DRM Working Group and a contributor in CPNS Working Group. Especially, he led an initiation of Secure Removable Media (SRM) 1.1 Work Item and has made important contributions to make forward and finalize the work item successfully. Also, he has been contributed on OMA Secure User Plan Location (SUPL) Security. In the past, he developed software on UMTS network simulator. He received a M.S (2005) of Information Security Engineering at the Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

Bipin Patel brings more than 20 years of technical data and voice networking experience to his role in Product Management at Interop Technologies. In addition to serving as a product manager for Interop’s Multimedia Messaging Service, WAP Gateway, and Common Short Code solutions, Bipin participates in the company’s Open Mobile Alliance and GSMA standards development processes to ensure that the company’s solutions and technologies are developed to optimize the standards. In past roles, Bipin has served as a consultant for Neohapsis, where he lead the development team and assisted in life-cycle management of GRC applications, reviewed new business opportunities, and prioritized requirements. He also served as the senior director of product management for China Managed Services and ServGate Technologies, where he led product management for Unified Threat Management (UTM) products, software portal development, and customer document teams. His role also included identifying and establishing strategic partnerships with evolving software security vendors. He has held similar positions with several other companies, including Metro Optix and 3Com Corporation.

Kong Posh Bhat is a standards architect, representing Samsung Electronics in the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI). His interest areas are converged services in general and converged device management in particular. He is currently championing the Gateway Management Object work item in OMA and the Next Generation Communication project in HGI. Prior to joining Samsung, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel Networks. In his previous roles, he has managed various software development projects, many of which entailed managing an offshore development team. Kong Posh lives with his family in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Staskauskas is a Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D Standards group. He is Qualcomm’s primary OMA representative and has been participating in OMA since its inception in 2002. He also works on a number of M2M-related standards activities. He was previously with Bell Labs, where he conducted research on the formal specification and verification of distributed systems. Mark holds a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thibaud Mienville is employed by France Telecom Orange since 2001, and has an all-round knowledge and expertise in the field of multimedia services, terminal platforms, standards strategy and participation, research and development. Thibaud has been part of Multimedia Services standardisation since 2006 in FT/Orange’s Corporate CTO Office. In his role of Multimedia Services and Device standardisation Manager, Thibaud is responsible for FT/Orange’s standardisation and technical strategy for multimedia services and terminal platforms (LiMO, JCP). He is also directly participating to several international standards organisations such as the Open Mobile Alliance and GSMA (e.g. in Rich Communication Suite Initiative as primary Orange representative in RCS Technology Group). He has a number of patent applications in his field of expertise. Thibaud is an electrical and computer science engineer, and graduated from the Supelec engineering school in France.

Linyi Tian works for Huawei Technologies and started his activity in OMA with contributions to OMA DS and SyncML. Linyi currently serves as the chairman of the OMA Device Management working group, with previous roles including editor, champion, and vice-chair. In 2010, Linyi received an OMA Award in the category Outstanding Contribution and Leadership. In addition to OMA, Linyi is actively participating, and contributing to other international standardization bodies, such as 3GPP and IETF.

About OMA Workshops

OMA Workshops are a forum for open discussion and information exchange among OMA members on a range of topics (non-exhaustive):

1. Information about marketing and technology development
2. Market needs, requirements and expectation on deploying the services
3. Introduction to concepts, ideas, technologies or technical solutions
4. Introduction to service deployment cases, experiences, achievements, problems, and/or suggestions on deploying services
5. Progress of standardization/industry landscape

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