SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 25, 2006 -- The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), an international specifications setting body, announces the public availability of its Client Side Content Screening Framework Enabler Version 1.0 and its Games Services Client Server Interface Enabler Version 1.0 as candidates for market deployment. Both industry firsts, the two new specifications have now entered the Interoperability Testing Program of the OMA to further refine and improve the standards before they become fully Approved Enabler Releases.
"Our members continue to answer market demand for new and innovative ways to meet the challenges of interoperability and serve the needs of both users and the industry," said Jari Alvinen, Chairman of the Board, OMA. "Increased participation in our Games Services Working Group and the growing concern about security threats to handsets has led to our two latest Enabler Releases. We are proud to add these specifications to our growing repertoire."
Emergence of malicious content
The new Client Side Content Screening Framework Enabler specification defines the framework and interfaces for use by application enablers residing in mobile terminals. Scanning data on the mobile terminal to detect and remove malicious content, the specification defines how applications interact with the OMA content scanning functionality. This allows multiple screening protocols to work together to detect and remove potential risks, providing an effective countermeasure to the emerging threats in the mobile market place as they are passed among multiple networks and devices.
"As richer content becomes available, we have seen the need for an effective counter-measure to the growing amount of malicious content delivered to handsets," said Mark Cataldo, Chairman of the OMA Technical Plenary. "Before more dangerous variants, such as self-spreading viruses and worms create havoc on networks and users, the goal of the OMA Client Side Content Screening Framework is to facilitate the development of client-side content screening technologies for the mobile environment. Additionally, OMA is continuing to address the protection of and threats to mobile devices from certain types of content by developing further specifications."
Please visit http://www.openmobilealliance.org/release_program/Client_Side_CS_FW_v1_0.html for detailed technical specifications on the new standard.
Client-server interoperability for mobile games
OMA's second games services specification allows games running on a mobile terminal to interact with a game server in an interoperable manner. This will facilitate and encourage the broad deployment of increasingly richer game content. Through this Enabler, connected mobile games can interact in a consistent manner with game servers from multiple service providers to bring compelling services like multi-player gaming, chat, and sharing high scores to consumers.
"As gaming communities and interaction become more diverse and spread across regions, the demand for interoperability increases," said Kevin Mowry, Chairman of the OMA Games Services Working Group. "OMA's market driven specifications allow all the parties of the games value chain to invest with confidence in the global extensibility of their work."
Please visit http://www.openmobilealliance.org/release_program/gs-csi_V1_0.html for detailed technical specifications on the new standard.
About the OMA Release Program
To date, OMA has published 49 Enabler Releases. The OMA continuously operates an interoperability program to validate Enabler specifications, as well as the implementations of member products and services. Using a clear working process, the Enabler Release Program is designed to deliver two key milestones for each enabler:
-- A Candidate Enabler Release (CER) delivers an approved set of open technical specifications that can be implemented in products and solutions, and then tested for interoperability.
-- An Approved Enabler Release (AER) represents Candidate Enabler Releases that have gone through the Interoperability Program (IOP) of OMA. The IOP tests interoperability between different member company's implementations -- either within the OMA or through other means.
For more information, visit http://www.openmobilealliance.org/release_program/index.html. About the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across countries, operators, fixed and mobile terminals. Driven by users' needs and the expanding market for data services, the member companies of the Open Mobile Alliance stimulate the adoption of new and enhanced information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes contributors from all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications.
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