Internet of Things

OSGi_IoT_400TransparencyThe Internet of Things, which describes a network of devices connected to the Internet and each other, is just emerging and presents incredible opportunities for many industries.

Building an IoT architecture with a modular OSGi approach future–proofs investments, reduces development cycles and enables rapid and cost-effective delivery of new services to these connected devices.  The pace of mobile service adoption on smartphones demonstrates how quickly consumers adopt useful and easy-to-use services.

OSGi provides a cornerstone for a standards-based end-to-end IoT solution. It offers a component-oriented execution environment to dynamically maintain, manage, bill, and enhance networked devices and their applications remotely. OSGi also provides a programming model for applications and services and is being deployed in various industries.

Joining the OSGi ecosystem provides you with cross-industry insights, a broad variety of possible partners, and a growing number of product offerings, applications and development tools. It also helps you to leverage and further shape the OSGi standard to your specific industry needs.

A natural fit for IoT, the OSGi programming model builds applications in components that can dynamically interact, thus offering the re-use of software components and dynamic updates. New communication protocol APIs, device abstraction, cloud-focused and other activities are part of the currently developed specifications.

Businesses are tapping into the IoT industry to capitalize on machine-to machine (M2M) communication, and to understand and analyze consumer behavior to anticipate new service offerings.

The OSGi Alliance has been collaborating with other organizations for years, resulting in standardization activities between the OSGi Alliance, HGI, BBF and UPnP Forum for customer premise equipment (CPEs) like routers or gateways, which have been adopted by telecom operators and solution providers to provide first cross-industry service offerings such as the ones from QIVICONAT&T Digital LifeSTM Smart Home and Amdocs.

The OSGi Alliance and its members have extended the scope of these and other coordinated efforts, which result in Release 6 .

Today, the OSGi Alliance continues to collaborate, forming strategic alliances with complementary industry bodies that align with the work of the OSGi IoT Expert Group.  The IoT EG  collects industry requirements for IoT and provides solutions for IoT use cases within the scope of an OSGi framework. RFP 174  is the first outcome of such industry requirements collection and will be processed by the IoT EG and its members.