OMA 2014 Newsletter Volume 1by OMA | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
2014 Volume 1
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OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà
Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter of 2014. OMA has had many successes in the first quarter of this year, but in my address, I would like to highlight three significant areas of opportunity and success.
First, for the second consecutive year, tangible examples of OMA activities have been shown at the OMA Demo Day held at Mobile World Congress on Wednesday February 26, 2014. OMA members and their partners presented 11 demos, and you can find detailed information about the event and demos in section III of this newsletter. I would like to point out that all the demos were really well packaged, and exemplified how OMA Enablers can be used to package final services that have a concrete (and innovative) value for the market. Many attendees came to visit and they were very interested in understanding the demos, as well as getting information on OMA and the technologies behind the demos. I had the honor to make a presentation at the event, aiming to introduce the demos, and providing a brief overview for each OMA Enabler at the basis of the demos shown.
Another important OMA opportunity arises from the challenges for the near future in the development of M2M. This represents a massive market opportunity for mobile operators to provide M2M services – enabling machines to talk to each other and be managed. OMA is continuing to address this important area, and at the same time fully exploiting the potential of OMA Device Management Enablers for M2M. For this reason, at the end of 2013 OMA has contributed to setting up a joint coordination among oneM2M MAS (Management Abstraction and Semantics) WG5 (in charge of the technical aspects related to management of M2M entities and/or functions), BBF Broadband Home WG (to maintain and evolve the TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP)) and the OMA Device Management WG. The scope of this joint effort is to define a framework and requirements for the interaction between the M2M Service Layer and the Device Management Layer. The joint activity has been taking place in recent months and promises to produce concrete results very relevant for the M2M market.
Finally, I would like to highlight how OMA is contributing to another key topic: WebRTC. RTCWeb/WebRTC is a suite of IETF and W3C standards primarily developed to allow web browsers to act as end points (source and/or sink) of real-time media (containing audio, video, and data channels) in a peer-to-peer fashion, or to communicate with another entity such as a media gateway or a media application. Network Operators are challenged to create WebRTC services, leveraging the integration with existing communication platforms (SIP/IMS, PSTN/PLMN interoperability, QoS control). As part of their continued “API Program,” OMA has released a new Network API. This Network API, named “RESTful Network API for WebRTC Signaling”, provides a method for the signaling of voice and video sessions over IP, something that was missing and that contributes to completing the landscape of this new and challenging technology.
I invite you to browse the entire newsletter and consider all the ways in which OMA brings value to your organization and the wireless industry as a whole.
OMA Contributes Network APIs to ETSI’s Technical Framework for the Separate Sale of Roaming Services in the European Union
The Open Mobile Alliance has delivered three Network API specifications as part of the technical framework for the separate sale of roaming services in the European Union defined by ETSI Mobile Standards Group (MSG) published in the first quarter of 2014 (TR 103 227). EU roaming regulation III intends to promote more competition in the European roaming environment by introducing alternative roaming providers by mid-2014, which could propose new roaming offers to European citizens, without changing their SIM card or telephone number.
Specifications in this framework provided by OMA include a new Network API for Roaming Provisioning to permit interaction between the home mobile operator and the alternative roaming provider for the provisioning of a user that buys a roaming offer from an alternative roaming provider. This Roaming Provisioning Network API has been defined with both REST binding and SOAP binding. Moreover, OMA has produced an extension of the existing REST binding, the Terminal Status Network API, in order to enable the notification from the home mobile operator to the alternative roaming provider of the subscriber’s roaming status while travelling within the EU.
The European Parliament and the Council issued Regulation (EU) No 531/2012* on roaming over public mobile communications networks within the Union. This Regulation introduces a common approach to ensuring that users of public mobile communications networks, when travelling within the Union, do not pay excessive prices for Union-wide roaming services in comparison with competitive national prices, when making calls and receiving calls, when sending and receiving SMS messages and when using packet switched data communication services. The aim is to encourage competition and enhance consumer choice. This regulation introduces the “Separate sale of regulated retail roaming services”, meaning users will be allowed to sign up for an alternative mobile roaming offer, separate from their contract for national mobile services, while using the same phone number. Beginning July 1, 2014, European Mobile Network Operators (MNO) must be ready to allow their customers to buy roaming services from an alternative roaming provider.
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has been appointed to provide specific technical guidance on the separate sale of regulated retail roaming services. BEREC has created a Stakeholder Forum as a cooperation platform for industry players to allow timely and consistent implementation across the European Union. The Stakeholder Forum has been in charge of identification and development of the necessary technical interfaces and specifications for the implementation of separate sale of roaming services.
The technical solution to implement roaming unbundling requires interaction among the network elements and platforms of the actors involved. Some of these interactions are achieved through signaling interfaces and protocols, based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard. For some other interactions, such as provisioning, an approach based on Application Programming Interfaces (API) was determined to be the most appropriate. Therefore, the Stakeholder Forum agreed to use a Network APIs approach between the MNO and the alternative roaming provider for the non real-time signaling interfaces. It is for these interfaces that the OMA APIs have been specified.
“It was clear to the OMA Technical Plenary that Network APIs were the best approach to fulfill this need within the Technical Framework,” stated Francesco Vadalà, OMA Technical Plenary Chairman and OMA Representative to the Stakeholder Forum. “OMA used a fast track procedure and its recognized expertise in defining Network APIs to quickly deliver high quality specifications for inclusion in this important Framework.”
Open Mobile Alliance Brings Together Industry Leaders at Mobile World Congress 2014 to Demonstrate Unique Future Mobile Concepts
The Open Mobile Alliance hosted their 2nd annual demonstration day at Mobile World Congress on Wednesday February 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Visitors to the event saw a variety of pioneering demonstrations and presentations in this four-hour spectacular from OMA companies including ARM, Comverse, CSR, Friendly Technologies, Huawei, Mformation, Red Bend Software, Smith Micro, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, as well as from associations that collaborate with OMA such as GS1, IPSO Alliance and Open Geospatial Consortium.
Attendees got exclusive insight into how the OMA and other Standards Development Organizations (SDO’s) are enabling broader adoption and delivering open specifications for the Internet of Everything. Exciting hands-on demonstrations included a life size automotive console, Android devices and the widely speculated Google Glass platform.
The Google Glass platform was shown as part of the demonstration from Swiss research institute iCare, in conjunction with GS1 and OMA, to show the power of barcodes on product packaging to receive nutritional information and recipes, save coupons and share on social media websites. GS1 and OMA standards (OMA Mobile Code Enabler) are critical in enabling this vision of the connected consumer of the future whose shopping trip and product usage are augmented with trusted information and services.
Using the OMA Mobile Augmented Reality (MobAR) Enabler, Huawei showcased the popular ‘Looklike’ demo, which extracts age, gender, and emotion information from an image of the user’s face. Based on this information, the demonstration makes targeted recommendations of products and services to the user.
Highlighting the applicability of OMA Enablers for automotive applications, Red Bend’s innovative and compelling demo was presented on a life size automobile console. Red Bend demonstrated how software management is used to manage head units, in-vehicle infotainment systems and engine control units. With software management the OEM benefits from production efficiencies and reduced recalls. The dealership saves time and money. The Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can offer services based on existing OMA Device Management (OMA-DM) infrastructure and the consumer realizes an improved driving experience.
Two member companies – ARM and Vodafone – highlighted the OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) Enabler. ARM demonstrated end-to-end software and rapid development for the efficient management of and communication with Internet of Things devices using the OMA LWM2M Enabler. A server side web application and an OMA LWM2M server were shown using the ARM Sensinode NanoService solution demonstrating both device management and application data over the same system.
Vodafone demonstrated their cellular 3G router, which has an embedded OMA LWM2M prototype client to support remote management of M2M devices via a LWM2M web server from Device Insight. The OMA LWM2M prototype implementation was developed as part of a Vodafone R&D/Innovation Park project jointly with Device Insight and NetComm Wireless.
Adding to the widely talked about Internet of Things topic, Mformation demonstrated its uniquely scalable, high-performance solution for managing the Internet of Things, providing a horizontal, standards-based device management platform for performing key device activation and configuration, software update and remote diagnostics functions on the projected billions of connected M2M devices used in a wide range of industries. The Mformation solution supports multiple OMA Management Objects (MOs) based on OMA DM infrastructure to meet a wide range of vertical industry requirements on a single platform.
Comverse demonstrated its new offering, embodying an approach that enables MNOs to rapidly build a critical mass of users for new IP-based services by modernizing traditional voice and messaging services with a rich user experience on any connected device. Comverse’s offering is built on the OMA Converged IP Messaging (CPM) Enabler, which Comverse strongly endorses and recommends for every MNO seeking to become a significant player in the digital life of their subscribers.
Location-based services (LBS) were addressed by CSR, using the SiRFusion platform, which uses the OMA Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) Enabler for location aiding and standard OMA interfaces for data transfer. Through the fusion of MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), Wi-Fi and other signals of opportunity, the SiRFusion solution provides high quality continuous indoor location. The solution is fully crowd sourced, is not dependent on new infrastructure or infrastructure upgrades being installed and supports Bluetooth Smart beacons.
Telecom Italia demonstrated an innovative smartphone development device, intended to be offered to developer communities, industrial partners and Universities, as a reference implementation of the best current open standards. This reference smartphone model aims at maximizing the user’s Quality of Experience (QoE) and the exploitation of next generation wireless networks, through the new OMA framework “Generic Open Terminal API.”
Friendly Technologies, a provider of unified OMA-DM and TR-069 device management solutions for mobile and fixed operators, showcased their innovative 4G LTE/ WiMax Device Management (MDM) and Quality of Experience (QoE) & Monitoring solutions. Based on the OMA-DM Enabler, Friendly’s MDM Solution streamlines the deployment and support of sophisticated mobile devices, plus Fixed and Nomadic 4G LTE and M2M devices allowing mobile operators to remotely manage all mobile devices on a single platform. Friendly’s QoE solution measures quality of service at the subscriber endpoint, enabling Service Operators to proactively identify problems before the customer feels them, reducing service calls and churn and increasing satisfaction.
Smith Micro showcased its NetWise Policy-on-Device solution for intelligent network connectivity and remote device control. Utilizing OMA-DM and ANDSF (Access network discovery and selection function), NetWise helps to reduce congestion, improve quality of service, and increase efficiency for operators and enterprises by measuring user experience and seamlessly transitioning data between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Smith Micro demonstrated ANDSF interoperability, as well as device and data management for an M2M module commonly used in telematics, adding carrier-grade connectivity, security and interoperability to M2M deployments.
Presentations from this event as well as video coverage are available at http://openmobilealliance.org/event/oma-demo-day-mwc14/.
OMA Board Chairman Gary K. Jones Opens the OMA Demo Day at MWC14.
Huawei presents the ‘Looklike’ demo.
Gil Kazes of Comverse addresses the Demo Day audience.
OMA to Host Automotive Telematics/Infotainment Webinar
On April 15th 2014, the Open Mobile Alliance will host a GoToMeeting/Webinar on the topic of Automotive Telematics and Infotainment. The webinar is open to the public and will begin at 3PM CET/9AM EDT.
Automotive telematics and the convergence of automotive and telecom are gaining industry and consumer awareness. The benefits of adopting such technology within the automotive industry include improved safety, security, maintenance, convenience, and infotainment. A much discussed topic at GSMA Mobile World Congress, by 2020 it is predicted that the scale of connected cars is to reach into the millions of units in many regions. This seminar examines automotive telematics features, trends, drivers and barriers. It will also explore the telematics ecosystem, as well as providing strategic recommendations/requirements for future consumer needs.
The seminar will feature a variety of pioneering presentations, including a presentation from T.Russell Shields (Board Member of the ITS World Congress and the Chair of the ITU organized Collaboration on ITS Communications Standards), as well as presentations from KDDI Corporation, Red Bend Software and Smith Micro Software. For a complete agenda and speaker bios, see http://www.omaevents.org/.
If you are interested in attending this webinar please click here.
LWM2M White Paper Available Now!
ARM, Ericsson and Vodafone support OMA’s Lightweight M2M Standard
The market for connected devices is growing tremendously. Though there are industry standards available that cater to the remote management requirements of fixed network broadband routers and smartphones, those established standards are not particularly useful for the remote management of a large and growing category of connected devices: those with limited network bandwidth, computing power and memory, those depending on a limited battery lifetime and those viable only at very low production costs.
This white paper gives an introduction to a new, emerging communication standard developed at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) with high relevance for the growing machine-to-machine (M2M) industry and the Internet of Things (IoT) as a whole.
The industry has been looking for a simple, low-cost remote management and service enablement mechanism, which embraces modern architectural principles (in line with Internet standards), works over wireless connections and is fit for this purpose due to being lightweight. This new standard is called OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M).
OMA Working Groups Prepare to Meet in June
The Open Mobile Alliance will host our next face-to-face member meeting from June 2 to 6, 2014 in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. The meeting will feature Technical Plenary, Working Group, and Leadership sessions, which allow OMA members to discuss new work for OMA, continue to develop specifications for the OMA Enablers, and meet with their industry peers.
Some highlights of upcoming and expected activity at the OMA meeting this June include:
- Location Working Group (LOC WG) is currently working on 3 enablers including: Dynamic Navigation (DynNav) 1.1, Mobility Locations Service (MLS 1.4), and LPP Extensions (LPPe 2.0). LPPe 2.0 is expected to be able to support many new positioning technologies including new Global Navigation Systems (GNSS) and possibly some terrestrial systems, Crowd Sourcing, and RF Heat Mapping; several decisions are expected to be taken at the meeting on this topic, so this is a good opportunity for influencing such decisions especially for mobile operators. The MLS 1.4 is a response to capabilities requested by external organizations ATIS, and In-Door Location Alliance (ILA) with whom we have liaison relationship and/or cooperative agreements with.
- The Content Delivery “Mobile Codes” Sub-Working Group (CD MC SWG) and GS1 will come together to work on the Mobile Codes Version 2.0 Specification, which includes support of GS1 requirements on barcodes and identification, GS1 Source data aggregation, and a device client-side API to enable and leverage WebApps to promote use of mobile codes in innovative ways. Participants of this meeting in June will work to move the specification forward towards completion.
- The new Communications “Push-to-Communicate for Public Safety” Work Area (COM PCPS WA), created at the beginning of 2014, will continue through phase 1 development targeting to update the PoC enablers to align with 3GPP R12 and their supporting OMA enablers, aiming to be used as the reference solution for the new Public Safety requirements being developed in 3GPP SA1 (phase 2). OMA members who support new Public Safety use cases are invited to join the group.
- The Device Management Working Group (DM WG) is currently working on several enablers, specifically OMA DM Gateway MO (Management Object) v.1.1, OMA DM DiagMon VoLTE MO v.1.0 and M2M Interface Requirements v.1.0. The group’s focus in June will be on finalizing OMA DM DiagMon VoLTE MO v.1.0 and completing the discussion on M2M Interface Requirements v.1.0. The M2M Interface Requirements v.1.0 is derived directly from collaboration with oneM2M with the purpose of defining the requirements of the interface, which will allow the oneM2M Service Platform to interact with DM Servers (OMA v.1.X, v.2.0 and LWM2M v.1.0). The DM WG welcomes operators interested in VoLTE as well as all M2M stakeholders in order to provide comments and to close the specification during the June meeting.
- The Architecture Working Group (ARC WG) is expected to spend the majority of its time at the meeting in June working on RESTful Network APIs in support of GSMA RCS and OneAPI requirements, in particular about the RESTful Network APIs for NMS (Network Messaging Store) and for QoS. Several new important topics and market-requested activities are being evaluated (even though at its early stage), such as collaboration with 3GPP on the Service Exposure model and activities related to implication of NFV (Network Function Virtualization) to the overall service enablers architecture and potentially the related APIs (e.g. Management APIs).
OMA sponsor, full, associate, and explorer member companies as well as government agency participants are invited to join us this June as the Working Groups continue to add to the over 275 work items already achieved. For the OMA Organizational Chart, see the graph picture extracted from the OMA “2013 Annual Report”. To learn more about the current OMA work program, please visit: http://technical.openmobilealliance.org/Technical/OMAWP/Current/menu.aspx
OMA meetings are open to members only. For more information about June’s meeting, please visit the Member Meetings page.
If you are not a member of OMA and wish to become one, please visit the Join OMA page.
During the first quarter of 2014, OMA Board of Directors has approved the documents listed below.
Enabler and Reference Releases
Dynamic Navigation V1.0 Enabler Release Package
BCAST Next Generation Handheld V1.2 Enabler Release Package
BCAST Enhancement of OMA BCAST enabler V1.3 Enabler Release Package
RESTful Network API for WebRTC Signaling V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler and Reference Releases
Guidelines for RESTful Network APIs V1.0 Reference Release Package
ETS, EVP, TFP
Lightweight M2M V1.0 Enabler Test Specification
RCS V1.2.2 Conformance Enabler Test Specification
New Work Items
The following have been approved as new OMA Work Items (WID) in Q1 2014.
- WID 0296 – Enhanced Visual Call (EVC) 1.0
Congratulations to the following individuals on their election to OMA leadership positions.
Board Officer Elections
- Chair: Gary Jones – T-Mobile USA
- Treasurer: Christopher Wallace – InterDigital
- Board Vice-chair: Cecilia Corbi – Telecom Italia
- Board Vice-chair: Bryan Sullivan – AT&T
Board Committee Elections
- Board External Liaison (EL) Chair: Isabelle Valet-Harper – Microsoft
- Board Evolve Chair: Alan Hameed – Fujitsu
Technical Plenary and Working Group Elections
- Chair of the Location Working Group (LOC): Mark Younge – T-Mobile USA
- Vice-chair of the Location Working Group (LOC): Andreas Wachter – Qualcomm
- Vice-chair of the Technical Plenary (TP): Kennie Kwong – AT&T
- Chair of the Architecture Working Group (ARC): Vincenzo Amorino – Telecom Italia
- Vice-chair of the Architecture Working Group (ARC): Pierre-Henri Gross – Alcatel-Lucent
Upcoming Industry Events
The Internet & Mobile Show Asia 2014
23-24 April 2014 / Singapore
M2M for Oil and Gas
28-29 April 2014 / London, UK
LTE Latin America
28-30 April 2014 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Big Data Week
5-11 May 2014 / London, UK
12-13 May 2014 / Dubai, United Arab Emirates
AppConext Auto Conference
13-14 May 2014 / Detroit, Michigan, USA
21-22 May 2014 / Dallas, Texas, USA
NFC Solutions Summit
3-4 June 2014 / Austin, Texas, USA
Mobile Asia Expo
11-13 June 2014 / Shanghai
Enterprise Apps Conference & Event
17-18 June 2014 / London, UK
LTE World Summit
23-25 June 2014 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apps World – Discover the Future of Multi-Platform Apps
12-13 November 2014 / London, UK
OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q1 2014!
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For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.