Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

OMA API lets apps work with smartphones and external IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
April 23, 2015
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Generic Open Terminal API (Got API) framework version 1.0 is now available. Got API is a framework that enables web-based device APIs to work seamlessly on smartphones such as Android devices or iPhones. Using it, applications can work with both the smartphone and external IoT devices using web technology.
Many devices such as watches, cameras, smart glasses, toys, healthcare devices and even cars are connecting to smartphones. Got API lets these devices connect to smartphones or other devices in a standardised way. This allows developers to create applications compatible with a variety of devices, which until now have required dedicated development efforts. Applications running in browsers can access external devices consistently across any operating system, giving developers the opportunity to create an ecosystem of interoperable devices and applications. This open architecture should let developers write less complex applications for smart devices while expanding market reach.
“OMA is pleased to have been able to publish the Got API framework in such a short amount of time,” said Gary Jones, chairman of the OMA board of directors. “Interoperability across devices and networks is one of the primary goals of OMA and, with Got API, we have given the developer community an excellent new tool for creating the internet of everything.”
The OMA Content Delivery Working Group began development on Got API in the first quarter of 2014 and the framework was released in February of 2015. Development has been widely supported by OMA members including NTT Docomo, which contributed its device connect Web API as the basis for OMA Got API.
“For widespread use and expansion of IoT, NTT Docomo believes that openness of the relevant technologies is essential,” said Seizo Onoe, chief technology officer at NTT Docomo. “That is why we have been actively leading the standardisation of Got API and we have open-sourced the Got API-compliant software to promote the innovation. We expect that the Got API 1.0 release will trigger the opening of the new era of cooperation between smartphones and external devices.”
OMA member Vuzix demonstrated OMA Got API at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The demo live-streamed video from Vuzix M100 smart glasses to a remote PC browser window. The Got API framework allows web-based device APIs in smart devices such as the Vuzix M100 to work seamlessly across multiple platforms and operating systems.