OMA 2015 Newsletter Volume 2by OMA | Wednesday, July 1, 2015
2015 Volume 2
Table of Contents
OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà
Welcome to the second quarterly newsletter of 2015. To keep up with user base and network growth and in order to satisfy needs of their customers, several operators are changing their approach to network architecture from buying off-the-shelf platforms from incumbent vendors, to using low-cost “commodity” hardware and relying on software to manage the set of functions the network has to perform. This allows new, lower-cost and disruptive entrants to enter the ecosystem, which is good for the broader telco community. When the specifications become open source, any hardware maker can come to an operator with an offer to supply the platforms/nodes. This point about open source software and virtualization is a most interesting item that is happening in the telco system, as initiatives like OPNFV are illustrating. OPNFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services. As an open source project, OPNFV is uniquely positioned to bring together the work of standards bodies, open source communities and commercial suppliers to deliver a de facto standard open source NFV platform for the industry.
Here in OMA we are working to be part of the game on this topic too, and we are developing the white paper “Service Enabler Virtualization” that will provide useful input and motivation for OMA to establish a relationship with these open source projects, similar to their developing relationship with other SDOs/SSOs and the “upstream” open source projects that initiatives such as OPNFV depend upon. I invite you to keep abreast of these activities, as they will determine much of the standardization work to be done here at OMA and across the telco community.
GotAPI – Enabling Interoperability, Security and Development Time and Cost Reduction for IoT Devices
Bryan Sullivan, Board Vice-chair, OMA
Takafumi Yamazoe, NTT DOCOMO
The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies offers unprecedented opportunity to enhance the way we live, work and play. From healthcare to automotive to public utilities, there is almost no aspect of life that will not be touched by IoT. According to the 2015 Cisco(R) Visual Networking Index(TM) (VNI) Forecast, the number of IP-connected personal devices and M2M connections online will grow to more than 24 billion by 2019. However, in order to realise the potential benefit of IoT, there are business, technology and privacy hurdles that must be addressed and overcome.
The first challenge to be addressed is fragmentation. Increasingly, many types of devices and sensors need to connect to our smartphones, our cars or our home gateways. Smart watches and personal healthcare devices will need to connect to our smartphone, appliances to our home gateway and many of these will connect to our car. Today, developers of each of these sensors and devices must customize their development to each operating system such as iOS or Android. Additionally, similar features from different device manufacturers require different application programming. This can hurt time to market or even consistent functionality across various operating systems, while also driving up development costs.
What’s more, today there is no way for web-based applications running in a browser to work with external devices such as a smart watch. And native applications provided on your device require Software Development Kits (SDKs) that are different for each device. Again this drives up technical complexity, cost and time to market.
A third challenge involves the use of cloud-based servers to manage these devices and act as the interface between the device and the smartphone. Cloud-based data storage, while extremely useful and necessary for many applications, can compromise application speed, as well as add cost and personal data security risk for smaller personal networks.
In order to address these issues, the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has developed the OMA Generic Open Terminal API Framework (GotAPI) Version 1.0. GotAPI provides a secure framework for smartphone web applications to access external devices and internal apps through Web-standard technologies supported by major web browsers and smartphone platforms. This allows developers to create applications compatible with a variety of devices, which until now have required dedicated native code development efforts. With GotAPI, applications running in browsers can access external devices consistently across any OS, giving developers the opportunity to help create a new ecosystem of interoperable devices and applications. This open architecture allows developers to write less complex applications for smart devices while expanding market reach.
GotAPI enables application development independent of any particular OS via web technologies such as HTTP (REST), WebSockets, Server-sent Events and WebRTC for Web-based, native and hybrid applications. GotAPI bridges applications and external devices through a standardized framework for APIs, providing for registration, discovery, access, security and authentication, so that these functions no longer have to be implemented independently for each external device, eliminating costly development time and effort. GotAPI Plug-Ins implement the host-device-internal Web APIs exposing services from external devices to applications through GotAPI. Data privacy and confidentiality is maintained and application speed is optimized, because data is not going through other companies’ cloud-based servers.
Many companies have contributed to the development of GotAPI including NTT DOCOMO who contributed their Device Connect WebAPI as the basis for OMA GotAPI. In April of 2015, the Device Web API Consortium was created to promote the use of GotAPI for IoT and wearable devices. To date more than 60 companies have joined this effort including NTT DOCOMO, Softbank and KDDI. There is already a Device Web API Manager supporting GotAPI available for download from Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.deviceconnect.android.manager.
It is the hope of OMA and the Device Web API Consortium that the GotAPI community will continue to grow. NTT DOCOMO’s open-source software project at GitHub already supports various devices through their Plug-Ins with device WebAPIs, which are available at https://github.com/DeviceConnect. Additionally, healthcare device WebAPIs are being developed at OMA. Given these efforts are already underway, we can look forward to a variety of devices coming to market that can connect to our smartphones, cars and gateways to enhance our lives in an open, secure, and cost-effective manner. For more information see our free GotAPI white paper at http://openmobilealliance.hs-sites.com/gotapi-making-the-internet-of-things-interoperable.
Upcoming OMA Meeting in Saigon – Register Today!
The next OMA member face-to-face meeting will take place from August 31 through September 4, 2015 at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Sheraton Saigon is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant business and entertainment district within walking distance to many of the city’s landmarks, markets, and high end restaurants. Free registration is now open until Friday, August 14 to Sponsor, Full, Associate, Supporter, and Explorer members as well as Government Agency participants. Members can access all the meeting and hotel information and deadlines, including requests for Visa letters, on the Next Event Registration Page.
The third quarter meeting will include the Technical Plenary “Looking Forward” session, Board Committee and Governance meetings, Working Group meetings, and the Technical Plenary session. Working Groups that will continue their work on OMA enablers in Saigon include: ARC, CD, COM CPM, DM, IOP, LOC, REL and REQ. You can read more about each of these Working Groups on OMA’s Work Program page.
Do you have a question regarding the member meeting in Saigon? Email OMA Event Manager, Megan at: MLeonard@omaorg.org.
Mobile World Congress Shanghai – OMA Enablers in Action
The Open Mobile Alliance will participate in GSMA’s Mobile World Congress – Shanghai 2015 (MWC Shanghai 2015) from July 15 to 17 in Shanghai, China. At booth number W4.A30, OMA will discuss its Generic Open Terminal API (OMA GotAPI), which was introduced in April 2015. GotAPI enables Web-based device APIs to work seamlessly on smartphones such as Android devices or iPhones. Additionally within the OMA booth, five member companies will bring exciting demonstrations based on OMA Enablers.
AVSystem from Poland will present their Unified Device Management Platform – a next generation system for network maintenance, monitoring and device orchestration based on OMA’s open specifications like OMA Device Management (OMA DM) and OMA Lightweight M2M (OMA LWM2M).
Haolian, an OMA member from Beijing will introduce its WePTT push-to-talk service that works over public cellular mobile communication networks including Edge/3G/4G and WiFi, and is based on the OMA Push-to-talk over Cellular (OMA POC) specification.
Redstone, an OMA member also from Beijing will bring two demonstrations including Redstone Over-the-Air (RSOTA) and Health Cloud, which are both based on OMA DM standards. RSOTA is a remote device management solution over wireless. Health Cloud can provide important OTA functionality to wearables.
Redbend will show its Connected Car Software Management for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to manage vehicle software in a holistic way. Redbend Connected Car Software manages both Head Units and Electronic Control Units (ECUs) over the air, by leveraging OMA DM, Redbend FOTA and virtualization solutions.
Tenggle, an OMA member from Beijing will showcase its Tenggle-Cloud, which is a Smart Device Management platform based on SaaS. Currently it hosts multiple smart devices of different models for many enterprise customers including smartphones, tablet computers, wearable devices like watches and bands, as well as 3D printers.
OMA’s management team will come to MWC Shanghai for meetings with China’s industry organizations, standards bodies and leading ICT companies. Topics include standards and specifications for next generation wireless communication, Automotive Telematics and the Internet of Things.
OMA is developing a strong connection and cooperation with China’s ICT industry, and OMA member companies from China also contribute significantly to the development and promotion of OMA’s global standards. Among OMA members, approximately one third of them are from Asia, and Chinese companies comprise about 60% of Asian membership. In 2014, OMA launched its Chinese website for better service for members and the ICT industry in China. OMA brought its 4th quarter 2015 member meeting to Shanghai after participation in MWC Shanghai 2014 and PT/EXPO 2014. OMA hopes to attract more Chinese companies to join OMA and work with their global colleagues on development, optimization and application of international standards in the areas of next generation mobile services, IoT and more.
The following publications from Q2 of 2015 are available at the OMA web site:
Enabler and Reference Release
Enabler Test Specification, Test File Package and Enabler Validation Plan
Enabler and Reference Release
Enabler Test Specification, Test File Package and Enabler Validation Plan
New Work Items
The following have been approved as new OMA Work Items (WID) in Q2 2015.
- WID 0314 – Exposing Network Capabilities to M2M V1.0
Elections 2Q 2015
We would like to congratulate Cristina Badulescu of Ericsson, elected as Vicechair of the Communications Working Group (COM WG).
Upcoming Industry Events
GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai
15-17 July 2015 / Shanghai, China
The IoT Evolution Experience
17-20 August 2015 /Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Service Delivery Innovation Summit
21-23 September 2015 / London, UK
OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q1 2015!
|Company||Company Level||Company URL|
|Imagination Technologies Limited||Explorer||www.imgtec.com|
|Tile Data Processing Inc.||Explorer||www.tilepay.org|
For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, please visit http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.