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New OSGi Spec Released

The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) Tuesday rolled out its new service platform for managed services delivered via home networks.

The non-profit industry group officially announced widespread availability of OSGi Service Platform Release 2. The initial OSGi version was released in 2000.

OSGi aims at delivering a common architecture for service providers, network operators, developers and gateway and equipment vendors for delivering managed services such as home monitoring and automation, on-demand content, energy management and in-car telematics.

The new release embraces a wide variety of home networking standards including 802.11b and HomeRF wireless networks and Bluetooth. The group said the new specification improves on existing application programming interfaces (APIs), includes new APIs for user administration and configuration and provides enhanced security.

Among the members of the group are Ericsson, IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Sun Microsystems and Whirlpool. The full specification is available from the group's Web site.