IPSO Merges with Open Mobile Alliance

All technical working groups will remain tasked with creating and driving a set of technical deliverables in the mobile and IoT services layers.

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The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the IPSO Alliance (IPSO) recently announced that IPSO has transferred its assets, work and memberships to the OMA, forming a joint organization called OMA SpecWorks. All technical working groups from IPSO and OMA remain active and are tasked with creating and driving a set of global technical deliverables in the mobile and internet of things (IoT) services layer.  

“OMA has accomplished a great deal over the last 16 years, enabling the seamless data services that the industry enjoys today,” said Gary Jones, chairman of the Board, OMA. “By combining forces with IPSO to form OMA SpecWorks, we are able to extend our work to ensure a standardized approach to device management for the IoT that takes advantage of the many smart objects defined by IPSO.”

“With IP now in widespread use, it’s clear that IPSO achieved its goal,” said Jan Höller, former board member, IPSO Alliance and current board member, OMA SpecWorks. “Our work on the Smart Object Guidelines, which were implemented by OMA’s Lightweight M2M effort, first brought our organizations together. With a growing need to formalize the definitions, and with our work increasingly focused on issues relating to the IoT services layer, it quickly became clear that, together, IPSO and OMA could make strong technical progress to define technical specifications for the IoT.”

The OMA has delivered more than 200 technical specifications since 2002, enabling interoperability across geographies and network technologies in the mobile wireless and IoT markets. With specifications spanning messaging, location, network and device APIs, push-to-talk, device management (DM) and more, the OMA DM specification alone has been deployed in over two billion devices.

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