M2M and Network APIs: Two Keys for Open Mobile Alliance

by OMA | Thursday, April 18, 2013

m2mevolution.com, Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor, April 16, 2013

Can’t we all just get along?

That’s the goal of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), at least when it comes to bringing together the mobile communications community.

Founded in 2002 by some of the world’s leading mobile operators, device and network suppliers, information technology companies and content and service providers, OMA is the focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications that support the creation of interoperable, end-to-end mobile services.

One strategic focus for OMA right now is machine-to-machine communications (M2M), according to Eshwar Pittampali, director of market development for OMA.

“M2M is a functional area for us—it is very exciting,” he told TMCnet in January during ITEXPO Miami. “We have been playing in this area for two to three years. We have quite a bit of assets developed already in terms of enablers.”

Pittampali and OMA call them enablers, but what OMA really is talking about is specifications—the lifeblood of interoperability.

“These specifications have been very popular,” he noted, “and our current assets such as device management protocol is going to be used for M2M deployment applications. It is an enabler that has proven to be scalable.”

With 1.4 billion commercial deployments, according to Pittampali, it’s easy to agree with his assessment.

“When you think of M2M, you think of billions of devices being connected,” he noted. “So, with our expertise and our commercial exposure, I think our enablers are going to meet the challenge of connecting and operating with billions of connected devices.”

Network APIs is a second strategic area for OMA in its attempt to get every mobile device talking to every other mobile device.

“APIs are the assets, the interfaces that expose the embedded assets of both the network and the mobile end device,” he said. “So once you have these embedded assets exposed, the application developer might be able to come and write a creative, innovative application using this APIs and are going to provide a service to people.”

Watch the full interview with Eshwar Pittampali here.