GSMA encourages IoT data sharing with new API directory

Wednesday 15 February 2017 | 11:11 CET | News
The GSMAy announced the launch of the ‘IoT Big Data API Directory’ that will make harmonised data sets from multiple sources worldwide available to developers and third parties, enabling them to create new Internet of Things (IoT) services. The mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom, KT, Orange and Telefonica are already sharing harmonised IoT data under the platform. 

The IoT Big Data API Directory provides details of IoT and context data sets covering machines, devices, automotive, roads, environment, smart home and agriculture. All of the data sets are harmonised and can be viewed on Github. The GSMA said the common approach to data sharing should lower costs and create opportunities for IoT developers, data brokers and data providers.

The GSMA has also released a document called the ‘IoT Big Data Framework’ to define how mobile operators can approach the delivery of IoT big data services. It is designed to help mobile operators asset their role in delivering big data services, work with other industry players and support third-party application developers. The document provides a framework for the delivery of IoT big data services that recognises the many different approaches towards the services that are offered and the technology choices that are made. The proposed architecture offers a degree of flexibility which allows IoT big data services to be offered in multiple ways.

The GSMA will showcase the work it is doing on IoT big data at the Innovation City at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Telefonica will demonstrate environmental monitoring and show how CO2 emission data is collected from ground sensors and satellites in Nantes and Valencia before being analysed. Orange will demonstrate how it can deliver harmonised public transport, weather station and air quality data streaming based on heterogenous and anonymised open data sources in India and France utilising FIWARE open source enablers. KT will demonstrate a smart agriculture supply chain solution which is an information service that provides detail on cultivation history, distribution status as well as a guarantee of provenance of farm products, underpinned by an international standard for electronic data interchange, the GS1 standard. China Mobile will also demonstrate at Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June how its OneNET IoT big data platform is helping to monitor and analyse environmental factors such as wind speed, temperature and humidity in Chongqing City.


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