OMA 2013 Newsletter Volume 4

by OMA | Thursday, January 16, 2014

OMA Quarterly

2013 Volume 4

Table of Contents

Address from the Technical Plenary Chair

Globalization of the Public Safety Sector Drives New Work at OMA

Get Ready for OMA Demo Day at Mobile World Congress 2014!

Defining Smart Networks to Maximize Quality of Experience for OTT Applications – Event Summary

Test Event a Success for Lightweight M2M and CoAP Specifications

Technical Achievements

New Work Items

Events Calendar

New Members

 

OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà

Francesco_Vadala3Welcome to the fourth quarterly newsletter of 2013. In the fourth quarter we have seen the approval of six new Work Items. This is a significant number and a promise of great and interesting work for next year!

In this address, I would like to summarize these new WIs and invite all our OMA member companies to get involved in this new work.

Interoperability
A couple of the new WIs are related to interoperability activity. OMA has experience and is known to provide test documentation for certification programs in GCF (Global Certification Forum) and PTCRB (the wireless device certification forum by North American Mobile Network Operators). With the “RCS 5.1 Testing” WI, OMA will continue the collaboration with GSMA providing the test documentation and test framework to allow certification of GSMA RCS 5.1 devices. Additionally, W3C is planning to develop a complete test framework for HTML5 and related specifications. OMA will contribute by developing a “Deployment Suite for HTML5” – an effort that can be used by GCF and PTCRB to verify the compliance of new versions of browsers.

VoLTE
With the increasing number of commercial LTE networks deployed, operators need a standardized mechanism to measure and monitor Voice-Over-LTE (VoLTE) performance and the “DiagMon VoLTE Function” WI will deliver an OMA DM Management Object that, used in conjunction with the DiagMon Enabler, will allow measurement and retrieval of performance metrics associated with VoLTE.

M2M
The new WI “Management Interface for M2M” will produce a list of requisites for the definition of a northbound interface wrapping an OMA DM server (both 1.X and 2.0 versions) and a LWM2M v1.0 server managing M2M devices. Through this northbound interface, a set of management operations will be exchanged between an M2M service layer and a DM server.

APIs
The Generic Open Terminal API (GotAPI) WI will serve as the container for producing guidelines for device API design, common device API definitions and exposure of device APIs to applications.

In concluding this overview of the new WIs approved in the fourth quarter of 2013, I would like to highlight that all of them are the result of OMA’s continued commitment to look forward as to how the mobile industry may be best served by OMA. Our renewed focus in 2013 on market requirements continues to strengthen the OMA work program, as evidenced by these new WIs.

Finally, I would like to note that the end of the year is always a time for evaluation. And certainly 2013 has been a very remarkable year for OMA and for the entire mobile industry, as detailed in the 2013 OMA Annual Report. I would like to encourage you to read this Annual Report and you will realize how many technical accomplishments have been reached! Also, you will find additional details on the full set of activities planned for 2014.

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Globalization of the Public Safety Sector Drives New Work at OMA

Public Safety Communication represents a significant market everywhere in the world, but until recently this market has been extremely fragmented based on regional requirements and spectrum allocations. One example, Push-to-Communicate for Public Safety (PCPS), focuses on a specific type of wide-area communication. These services are intended for first responders such as police, fire, and ambulance and have very aggressive requirements in terms of performance, robustness and reliability. Up to now, Public Safety services were provided through regional Public Safety standards such as TETRA and P25 that provide features not previously supported in commercial cellular systems.

There is now growing industry support for the use of LTE commercial technology, both with dedicated private and shared commercial spectrum for Public Safety networks and services. The advantages of this approach include economies of scale, a new level of investment, and a global standards-based approach that ensures interoperability between different vendors and networks.

Having global Public Safety standards could have a massive impact on pricing for equipment and applications, if managed correctly. The global first-responder market will always be much smaller than the commercial communications market, but the Public Safety sector is large enough for manufacturers and developers to take interest, especially if they don’t have to make major changes to their existing commercial products to participate.  In particular, the prevalence of LTE data networks and devices such as smartphones presents a tremendous opportunity for government agencies around the world to leverage new, more powerful equipment for communications.

Within 3GPP, the impact already has been felt, as some key public-safety requirements are on track to be included in LTE Release 12. Knowing that Public Safety LTE is more than a U.S. initiative means that 3GPP is more willing to consider Public Safety-specific requirements in its standards work.

Vast experience in creating standards that promote global interoperability makes the Open Mobile Alliance an excellent place to develop service layer enablers for the emerging global Public Safety market.  The first OMA Work Item (WI) to address this market is OMA PoC_PS (Push-to-Communicate for Public Safety) 1.0.  The OMA Push-to-talk over Cellular (PoC) Enabler standardizes a two-way form of communication that allows users to engage in immediate communication with one or more receivers, similar to a Walkie-Talkie, simply by pushing a button on their handsets. Many other features have been added from its first version up to the last version (2.1) released by OMA in 2011. The OMA PoC standard has been evaluated as a good baseline for further enhancements to meet Public Safety use cases, and the new Work Item POC PS 1.0 has been approved and assigned to the OMA COM Working Group. The relevance of such activity is also highlighted by the fact that regulatory organizations such as FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority, an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NTIA) and the UK Home Office have joined OMA and will contribute to this work.

See recent media coverage of OMA’s new Work Item at http://mccmag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=10337.

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Get Ready for OMA Demo Day at Mobile World Congress 2014!

The Open Mobile Alliance and OMA member companies will host the 2nd Annual OMA Demo Day at MWC.  The event will be held on site at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, February 26 from 15:00 to 19:00 in Hall 8 Theatre D.  OMA will be joined by ARM, Comverse, CSR, Friendly Technologies, Gemalto, GS1, Huawei, IPSO Alliance, Mformation, Open Geospatial Consortium, Red Bend, Smith Micro, Telecom Italia and Vodafone with presentations and demos throughout the event.

Across the mobile industry, advertising, automotive, utilities, public safety and more – many industries are going wireless. OMA and other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) enable broader adoption and deliver open specifications for the Internet of Everything.  Attendees will see hands-on examples using a life size automotive console, multiple Android devices and Google Glass, among others.

  • Doors open at 15:00.
  • Demos will run throughout the afternoon.
  • Presentations from Open Geospatial Consortium, IPSO Alliance/ARM, Red Bend, Comverse, GS1 and Telecom Italia begin at 15:30.
  • Appetizers and drinks served at 16:30.
  • Gifts for the first 75 pre-registered guests to arrive.

To register see  http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/open-mobile-alliance/.

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Defining Smart Networks to Maximize Quality of Experience for OTT Applications – Event Summary

OTT (Over-The-Top) players are becoming increasingly relevant to the consumer, and smartphones are shifting focus from the network to downloadable applications. Application behavior, with respect to wireless network capabilities exploitation, is often not purposeful and left to chance, resulting in less quality and less than optimal use of wireless resources. OMA is working on a set of enablers (such as Always Online Infrastructure, REST NetAPI QoS, Device Apps Network Efficiency), which all together will define a framework to allow mobile operators to offer their networks to OTT players as smart networks.

During this event OMA brought together app developers, network operators, equipment and handset vendors to discuss what OTT vendors need from operators to optimize application performance, as well as what capabilities the mobile ecosystem players can expose to ensure maximum Quality of Experience (QoE) for end users.

The event was streamed live over the web for over 150 registered participants.

Presentations are available for download at http://openmobilealliance.org/event/defining-smart-networks-to-maximize-quality-of-experience-for-ott-applications/.

Video footage of the panels and presentations can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/OpenMobileAlliance.

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Test Event a Success for Lightweight M2M and CoAP Specifications

The CoAP#3 and OMA LWM2M Plugtests event was held from November 19 to 22, 2013 in Las Vegas, USA, collocated with the OMA Technical Plenary and Working Group meetings. ETSI, the IPSO Alliance and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) jointly organized this event.

Following the 2nd CoAP Plugtests, held in November 2012 in Sophia-Antipolis, France, ETSI was asked by several participants to hold another interoperability event on CoAP in 2013. The previous event used draft specifications, which have significantly evolved over the past year. As CoRE CoAP is almost an RFC (Draft version 18 final), it was clear for many that it was a good time to have another event. It was also a good opportunity to go beyond CoAP, by proposing that companies test the CoAP security using DTLS and the brand new protocol OMA Lightweight M2M, which is based on CoAP.

This is in line with the standardization work of the oneM2M Partnership Project, where CoAP, DTLS and OMA LWM2M are considered key components of the future global standardized M2M architecture.

This event had fruitful participation from 8 companies (ARM, Ericsson, ETH Zurich, ETRI, Huawei, RIOT, TZI/ Uni Bremen, and the University of Luebeck) providing various CoAP clients and servers, DTLS and OMA LWM2M implementations. The implementations were connected via both IPv6 and IPV4 test networks.

ETSI provided the interoperability tool suite including the wiki, scheduling, a test reporting tool and the network infrastructure. Each day test sessions for IOP assessment were conducted. Two test documents were used for the testing; a Plugtests guide was produced by ETSI containing 55 interoperability tests and an Enabler Test Specification for LWM2M was produced by OMA containing 11 interoperability tests.

Conclusions and Results
At the end of each day a wrap-up meeting was held to discuss the main interoperability points of the day. Some conclusions drawn from this event include:

  • All implementations were compatible on a basic level.
  • CoAP standards are mature (this applies to the parts of base standards that were covered in the Plugtests event).
  • Interoperability issues identified during the event showed the importance of continuing interoperability events for this technology.
  • The level of Interoperability of OMA LWM2M is excellent, especially for a first event. As the scenarios were basic, it shows a good maturity at a basic level. The testing needs to be extended with deeper test scenarios.

As a result of the CoAP testing, 94.1% of the test verdicts were OK which shows a very high level of maturity of the implementations. There were 11 LWM2M test scenarios defined which were to be executed per session. In total 39 were executed with a success rate of 97.4% which is an excellent rate showing the maturity of the new enabler.

test-results

Overall, this event was considered very successful and additional test events are in the planning stages for 2014.  For more information on the OMA IOP Working Group, see http://openmobilealliance.org/about-oma/work-program/interoperability/.

To request detailed test event reports contact erose@omaorg.org.

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Technical Achievements

The following documents have been approved by the OMA Board of Directors during Q4 2013 and are available for download on the OMA public website.

October 2013
Enabler and Reference Releases
Candidate Approval
Management Policy MO V1.0 Enabler Release Package (containing RD and AD)
Immersive Social Centre V1.0 Enabler Release Package (containing RD and AD)

Candidate re-Approval
RESTful Network API for Terminal Status V1.0 Enabler Release Package

Final Approval
OneAPI Profile of RESTful Network APIs V3.0 Enabler Release Package
RESTful Network API for Payment V1.0 Enabler Release Package
RESTful Network API to Device Capabilities V1.0 Enabler Release Package
RESTful Network API for Terminal Location V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Diagnostics & Monitoring V1.2 Enabler Release Package

Notification
CPNS V1.0.1 Enabler Release Package

Enabler Test Specification, Test File Package and Enabler Validation Plan
Candidate Approval
Web Runtime API V1.0 Enabler Validation Plan

Web Runtime API V1.0 Enabler Test Specification

Notification
MMS V1.3 CON Enabler Test Specification


November 2013
Enabler and Reference Releases
Final Approval
Mobile Broadcast V1.1 Enabler Release Package
RESTful binding for OMA Push Access Protocol V1.0 Enabler Release Package


Candidate Approval
REST NetAPI Roaming V1.0 Enabler Release Package
SOAP_NetAPI_Roaming V1.0 Enabler Release Package


December 2013
Enabler and Reference Releases
Candidate Approval
Rich Communication Centre V1.0 Enabler Release Package

Device Management V2.0 Enabler Release Package

Lightweight Machine to Machine V1.0 Enabler Release Package


Notification
Authorization Framework for Network APIs V1.0 Enabler Release Package


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New Work Items

The following have been approved as new OMA Work Items (WID) in Q4 2013.

  • WID 0290 – RCS 5.1 Testing V1.0
  • WID 0291 – HTML5 Deployment Suite 1.0
  • WID 0292 – DiagMon VoLTE Function 1.0
  • WID 0293 – GotAPI (Generic Open Terminal API) V1.0
  • WID 0294 – Management Interface for M2M V1.0
  • WID 0295 – Push to Communicate For public Safety 1.0

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Events Calendar

Upcoming Industry Events

Big Data Innovation Summit
22-23 January 2014 / Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Mobile Payments Conference
28-31 January 2014 / Miami, Florida, USA

Mobile + Web DevCon
28-30 January 2014 / San Francisco, California, USA

M2M Evolution Conference
29-31 January 2014 / Miami, Florida, USA

Smart Card Alliance—7th Annual Payments Summit
5-7 February 2014 / Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

M2M Telematics for Usage Based Insurance
19-20 February 2014 / London, UK

Mobile World Congress
24-27 February 2014 / Barcelona, Spain

Smartphone & Embedded Connectivity Vehicle Integration 2014
26-27 February 2014 / San Francisco, California, USA

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New Members

OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q4 2013!

CompanyCompany LevelCompany URL
General Dynamics Broadband UKExplorerwww.gd-broadband.com
Zeebric, Inc.Explorerwww.zeebric.com
Kochar InfotechExplorerwww.kochartech.com
Eway Miami Corp.Explorerwww.ewaysa.com
GS1 CanadaExplorerwww.gs1ca.org

For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.

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