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Test and Measurement: AllSeen, OCF merge work on IoT standards

In a sign of some consolidation in the standards work being done by various groups for the “internet of things,” AllSeen and Open Connectivity Forum have agreed to merge their work under the OCF name. This will bring interoperability between the devices using the AllJoyn and OCF’s IoTivity open source projects, both of which will continue. Charter members of the AllSeen organization included Cisco and Qualcomm; OCF was founded by Intel, Broadcom and Samsung and has become one of the largest organizations working on IoT standards. It also worked out a liaison agreement with Thread Group earlier this year to foster interoperability with Thread products.

Read more about how standards proliferation is impacting IoT development and testing in RCR Wireless News’ new special report.

In other test news this week:

EXFO reported that sales in its fiscal fourth quarter were up 11% year-over-year to $62.9 million, and net earnings were about $2.2 million for the quarter. Net earnings for the year were $8.9 million, up from $5.3 million in fiscal 2015.

Germain Lamonde, chairman, president and CEO of EXFO, said in a statement that he is “quite pleased” with the company’s progress in fiscal 2016 and that “many of the transformations implemented in 2015 started to pay off.”

EXFO also is supporting the new network-as-a-service offering from NEC/Netcracker announced this week, expanding its network function virtualization reach with some pre-integrated features within the new offering. The NEC/Netcracker focus is on the ability to help operators and enterprises manage NFV deployments at scale and swiftly deploy new services.

IBwave has released the latest version of its network capacity planning tool. IBwave Release 8 includes a feature for identifying high-traffic zones within a venue, the company said, which is available for both cellular and Wi-Fi network planning. Other new features include coverage for LoRa IoT networks, GPS capability for timing purposes and expanded bands for public safety, as well as a compass and the ability to split traffic by whether it is cellular or Wi-Fi, and by operator.

Dekra has opened a new facility in Shanghai for automotive testing. Dekra said the new lab is a major investment and that its focus is testing automotive components and materials due to “growing demand for safe wireless components for the Internet of Vehicles and safe electromobility.” The Shanghai lab in the Jiading district will conduct chemical and materials tests; certification and safety testing; and electromagnetic compatibility and reliability testing.

Dekra has opened a number of labs in the last two years, including an IoT-focused lab in Taiwan this past summer.

Teledyne LeCroy this week launched a new PCI Express protocol analyzer that addresses the new PCIe 4.0 specification for interconnections between IoT and other mobile devices; the standard is expected to be released in early 2017.

– Dutch internet protocol traffic exchange platform AMS-IX, which is used by major wireless and wireline operators and internet service providers, is now publishing real-time data on its connectivity performance, enabled by Accedian Networks.

PacketZoom, which focuses on optimizing mobile app performance over Wi-Fi and cellular networks, recently raised $4.3 million in venture capital and is adding a new CEO: Shlomi Gian, comes to the company after leading mobile app development at content delivery network company Akamai. Founder and CEO Chetan Ahuja is taking on the role of CTO within the company.

– Spanish professional services company Arca Telecom will be using Anite’s Nemo measurement tools for a major benchmarking project with Orange Spain, according to Anite. Data from Anite’s Nemo Xynergy solution will be used for gathering benchmarking data into a single repository and generating reports that will be used for network analysis and optimization.

– Radio frequency power measurement equipment provider Tegam was recently awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force to replace older RF power sensor calibrators within the USAF’s Precision Metrology & Electronics Laboratories. Those labs service the USAF’s test and measurement equipment.


Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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