The Broadband Forum, DECT Forum, HGI, Open IPTV Forum, Open Mobile Alliance and the Small Cell Forum held a successful workshop to investigate shared issues and opportunities to enhance support of services in the home.

Hosted by the Open Mobile Alliance, the Home Environment Services workshop convened immediately preceding the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and identified shared focus areas in the rapidly diversifying home environment:

  • addressing the ever expanding range of computing and connected devices in the home environment
  • ensuring devices in the home have quality of service regardless of the access method, i.e. 3G, UMTS, LTE, DSL, Fibre, Cable, Wi-Fi
  • offering users ubiquitous access to converging services across devices in the home as well as seamless handover from one device to another in terms of service continuity
  • strengthening and standardising wired and wireless support of Device Management
  • supporting Machine to Machine (M2M) devices which are playing an increasingly important role in the extended distribution of services, and need a common management platform
  • empowering users of devices in the home environment to exploit other capabilities such as centralised address books and access to rich multimedia content repositories

Acoording to Mark Cataldo, Chairman of the Board of the Open Mobile Alliance and Workshop Chairman is the Open Mobile Alliance very pleased that all involved organisations have come together to address this key technology area.  By cooperating, the organisations, OMA’s service enablers and APIs will enrich the support of multimedia services across the rapidly diversifying range of devices.

With the advancing introduction of M2M devices, they require remote management and their distinctive functionalities provide exciting opportunities to create new services.

The fora are now investigating how to further cooperate around these shared interest areas, and look forward to continued development and promotion of emerging services in the home environment.