WASHINGTON – ATIS has launched an initiative to develop the industry’s first comprehensive suite of tools to give device manufacturers and application developers access to core network capabilities, making it easier for applications to leverage advanced network features such as quality of service, security, reliability and cloud applications. This work is taking place within ATIS’ Unifying Client Architecture (UCA) Focus Group. Release of initial ATIS software libraries for application developers is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Until now, there has not been a way for devices to easily access network features, or to have consistent access across operators. ATIS is the only organization focusing on integrating service provider functionalities into applications and devices. The new suite of tools creates the potential to integrate new capabilities into communications services including customer interaction, conferencing, interactive sites, and integration of voice/video communications in a web environment.
“Providing the tools to access service providers’ advanced network features opens up a range of new options in terms of the services that operators can offer customers,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan M. Miller. “Initial functionality will be through HTML5 browsers, but ultimately this solution will extend beyond the browser to any HTML5-enabled device. The new ATIS toolkit will reduce the complexity and cost of app development and speed delivery of real time apps to market. Service providers benefit from the increased use of advanced network features that it makes possible. The end user will see a proliferation of innovative real-time applications that leverage robust network features.”
"ATIS is conducting industry-leading work starting with call control over IMS for WebRTC," said Marcus Weldon, Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent. "The solution will allow HTML5-enabled web clients, such as browsers, to support a full suite of communications services by connecting these web clients to the IMS core deployed in operator's networks. Essentially, any such 'web' app will now be able to leverage the full power of high-quality multi-party and next generation social communications that are being deployed as part of the IMS and RCS suites of applications that will power LTE broadband networks."
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, ATIS brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most-pressing business priorities. Through ATIS committees and forums, nearly 200 companies address cloud services, device solutions, M2M communications, cyber security, ehealth, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle—from design and innovation through solutions that include standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, and interoperability testing.
ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of oneM2M, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.