OSGi Alliance and HGI Collaborate to Boost Broadband Provider Flexibility and Service Offerings

Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:01am EDT

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Standards Groups Will Define Software Execution Environment for Home Gateways
SAN RAMON, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
The OSGi Alliance and the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) announced today a
partnership agreement that will enable broadband service providers to offer more
flexible applications to residential customers. Under this agreement, the
partners will work together to integrate the OSGi Service Platform into the home
gateway, creating a software execution environment that will facilitate the
deployment of new service capabilities into the digital home. 

The home gateway (HG) plays a central role in the digital home, interconnecting
computers, devices on the home network, and the Internet, all while supporting
Quality of Service and remote management. Service providers are increasingly
looking to deliver HG-based consumer services such as energy management, media
server, and home network diagnostics. Pairing the dynamic and modular OSGi
technology with HG-specific Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and
protocols will greatly extend the service capabilities of the home gateway. 

"The HGI`s projects are driven by the business requirements of its service
provider members," said Duncan Bees, chief technology and business officer of
the HGI. "Within HGI, we recognize the requirements to offer more flexible
services from the home gateway, and to select a technology which allows software
applications to be more easily customized within a multi HG-vendor environment. 

"The OSGi Service Platform is a mature, open and dynamic modular software system
that meets the needs of advanced home gateways. It was important for us that
OSGi technology has been widely adopted by other industries, and that it
incorporates service-oriented architecture concepts. The work we are doing in
adapting the OSGi technology to the Home Gateway will be a key part of HGI`s
Release 3 and we think it will lead to increased service innovation by companies
across the ecosystem." 

"The OSGi Alliance started its specification with the service gateway concept
and is a natural partner to define a software execution environment for home
gateways. Our Residential Expert Group is dedicated to tailoring and extending
the OSGi Service Platform to connected gateway devices and connected devices,"
said Stan Moyer, president of the OSGi Alliance. "Working with the HGI, an
organization strongly supported by operators and the home gateway ecosystem, we
can now review, adapt and extend our technology according to the most advanced
concepts and requirements of Home Gateways. Cooperating with HGI also ensures
that OSGi technology will be optimally integrated at all levels and layers of
the gateway." 

The OSGi Alliance and the HGI will develop the software execution environment
for Home Gateways within the context of established concepts, standards, and
technologies in the home gateway and software/middleware markets. To implement
the agreement, members of the organizations` OSGi Residential Expert Group and
HGI Software Execution Environment Task Force will align requirements and
specifications, timetables and roadmaps, and identify other organizations and
technologies which should be involved. 

About HGI

The HGI, founded in 2004 by nine telecom operators, is shaping the next
generation of internet and voice services. Starting from use-cases and service
needs, the HGI sets requirements for Home Gateways, infrastructure devices, and
the home network. The HGI now has members from across the globe, representing
the entire spectrum of players in the broadband home area. For further
information, please visit www.homegatewayinitiative.org or email

About the OSGi Alliance

The OSGi Alliance, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, is a worldwide
consortium of technology innovators that advances a proven and mature process to
assure interoperability of applications and services based on its component
integration platform. The alliance provides specifications, reference
implementations, test suites and certification to foster a valuable
cross-industry ecosystem. OSGi technology is delivered in many Fortune Global
100 company products and services. Member companies collaborate within an
egalitarian, equitable and transparent environment and promote adoption of OSGi
technology through business benefits, user experiences and forums. For more
information on the non-profit technology corporation, visit http://www.osgi.org.

OSGi is a trademark or registered trademark of the OSGi Alliance in the United
States, other countries, or both. All other product or service names are the
property of their respective owners. 

OSGi Alliance
Alisa Hicks, +1-775-720-5071
BCS Public Relations for HGI
Brian Dolby, 0115 9486901

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