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Big Data IoT directory launched

New service makes harmonised data from multiple sources available to developers and third parties

The IoT currently generates a huge amount of data that is retained in vertical silos
The IoT currently generates a huge amount of data that is retained in vertical silos

A common and collaborative approach to data will remove "commercial and technical barriers"

GSMA wants to usher in a new era of IoT solutions that will help the market to scale

The GSMA has introduced a directory of APIs to help developers and third parties come up with innovative new Internet of Things (IoT) services.


The mobile operator industry body’s IoT Big Data API Directory aims to encourage a common approach to data sharing that will help the IoT to realise its full potential and encourage the development of new projects across transport, the environment and smart cities.


Hailed as the first of its kind, the directory provides details of IoT and context data sets covering machines, devices, automotive, roads, environment, smart home and agriculture. All of the data sets are harmonised and can be viewed on github. A common approach to data sharing lowers costs and creates opportunities for IoT developers, data brokers and data providers


Global mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom, KT Corporation, Orange and Telefónica have already implemented solutions enabling them to share harmonised IoT data, the GSMA said.


“The IoT generates a huge amount of data that is currently retained in vertical silos. However, in order for the IoT to reach its full potential this data needs to be released and made available to developers and third parties,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA.


“A common, collaborative and interoperable approach to big data will remove the commercial and technical barriers to capitalising on the IoT opportunity and usher in a new era of IoT solutions that will help the market to scale. We encourage mobile operators to collaborate with the wider industry to benefit from the big data opportunity.”


The GSMA has also released a document called the IoT Big Data Framework to define how mobile operators can approach the delivery of IoT big data services. It is designed to enable industry participants to work together collaboratively to deliver big data services and support an ecosystem of third-party application developers.


The document provides a framework for the delivery of IoT big data services that recognises the many different approaches towards the services that are offered and the technology choices that are made. The proposed architecture offers a degree of flexibility which allows IoT big data services to be offered in multiple ways.


The GSMA will showcase the work it is doing on IoT Big Data at the Innovation City (Hall 4 Stand 4A30) at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.



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