SIMalliance Updates Open Mobile API and Launches Complementing Test Specification
Published on: 3rd Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The SIMalliance has release the latest update to its Open Mobile API Specification v2.05 together with the launch of the accompanying Open Mobile API Test Specification v1.0.
The Open Mobile API Test Specification v1.0 has been developed by SIMalliance in response to industry demand for a globally standardised approach to the implementation of the Open Mobile API.
It outlines mobile device compliance to the Open Mobile API Specification v2.05 and defines test cases in order that conformance tests can be executed.
"The Open Mobile API Specifications enable the mobile industry to ensure consistency in SE access management between devices, promoting global interoperability," comments Frédéric Vasnier, Chairman of SIMalliance. "The release of our test specification will support MNOs, device manufacturers and developers with the successful implementation and verification of the Open Mobile API Specification in the most efficient way. The period of public consultation has been invaluable in this regard, we have been able to take into account change requests from the industry and also incorporate additional test cases requested by the GSMA."
The Open Mobile API specifies how mobile applications may access different SEs in the mobile device, such as the UICC and embedded SE. It provides interface definitions and UML diagrams to support implementation across a variety of mobile platforms and programming languages. The specification is closely referenced in the GSMA's own technical support materials, including the NFC Handset & APIs Requirements specification and the NFC Handset Test Book.
The next step for SIMalliance will be to liaise with GlobalPlatform to support the development of its Device Compliance Program, providing updates and adaptations to the Open Mobile API specifications in accordance with prevailing requirements.