Small Cell Forum and OMA Expand API Cooperation
Published on: 22nd Feb 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
The Small Cell Forum (better know by its former name the Femto Forum) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) say that they have established a cooperation agreement for OMA to develop API standards for femto and pico cells.
Small cell technology allows application developers to incorporate enhanced presence, context and location-sensitive features into new and existing apps. Small cells also allow operators and their customers to take advantage of faster data connections by extending existing network capabilities. For example, a small cell can efficiently provide location information to within a few metres [both indoors and outdoors], making location-based apps vastly more consistent and effective.
In March 2011, the Small Cell Forum published the first APIs that define how to create and write new mobile applications based on small cell technologies. This work has already borne fruit. Telecom Italia in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent have deployed the Small Cell Forum's APIs to use small cells' improved geo-location capabilities - creating a museum application that provides multimedia information about specific exhibits in closest proximity to visitors.
"More than 30 operators, handset, software and IT vendors worldwide have endorsed OMA's API program," says Musa Unmehopa, Chairman, OMA Technical Plenary. "We welcome the Small Cell Forum's cooperation to offer more accurate and contextual services for existing operator networks and anyone who will use the OMA and Small Cell Forum API standards."