Open Mobile Alliance, IPSO Alliance merge

March 27, 2018 Brandon Lewis

SAN DIEGO. The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and IPSO Alliance have merged to form OMA SpecWorks. IPSO has transferred its assets, work, and membership to OMA, and all technical working groups from both organizations will remain active under the OMA SpecWorks umbrella. OMA SpecWorks also defines an agile process for standards development that working groups can adopt to streamline publication (Figure 1).

OMA SpecWorks will drive specifications for the mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) services layers, and address interoperable technology specifications for messaging, location, device management, APIs, security, privacy. The organization will continue to house the LightweightM2M standard, as well as IPSO’s work promoting the use of IP in IoT devices under the smart object framework.

“Our work on the Smart Object Guidelines, which were implemented by OMA’s Lightweight M2M effort, first brought our organizations together,” says Jan Höller, former board member, IPSO Alliance and current board member, OMA SpecWorks. “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.”

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