About the NVIOT Forum

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Introduction

The Network Vendors Interoperability Testing (NVIOT) Forum is an informal group of leading 3GPP-based wireless equipment suppliers.

The members of the NVIOT forum are committed to interoperability testing and open-standards. The group's intent is to ensure that their equipment/solutions will interoperate from the very beginning, and therefore enable rapid establishment of multi-vendor networks.

The NVIOT Forum also aims at identifying common IOT methodology and procedures to improve and optimize the IOT process. See Scope of Work for more information on the activities within the NVIOT Forum which are carried out to achieve these aims.

It is expected that operators will significantly benefit from this initiative. It will allow identification and solution of interoperability issues early on, improving the quality of tests and associated documentation, and reduce network integration costs and facilitate the commercial deployment of mobile systems.

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History

3rd of March 2000

Creation of the informal NVIOT Forum was announced by its founding members Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks and Siemens. The objective was to further ensure that General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) systems from multiple vendors are interoperable.

12th of September 2000

The NVIOT Forum expanded its scope to include UMTS IOT during the 7th NVIOT Forum Steering Committee meeting, all members committing to continue the activities with further releases of GPRS and UMTS.

25th of February 2004

The NVIOT Forum expanded its scope to include IMS IOT during the 21st Steering Committee meeting.

15th of May 2008

The NVIOT Forum expanded its scope to include LTE/SAE IOT during the 34th Steering Committee meeting.

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Organisation

The structure of the NVIOT Forum is shown in the diagram below. For more information on each part of the Forum please follow the links.

Steering Committee 

CN Interfaces Work Group    RAN Interfaces Work Group    Air Interfaces Work Group

Steering Committee

The purpose of the NVIOT Steering Committee is to manage the processes and procedures of the NVIOT Forum.

It is the steering body for the work groups. The Steering Committee defines the scope of the work by setting the requirements, priorities and by monitoring the work. Work Groups report to the Steering Committee via the Work Group chairpersons.

Additionally, the Steering Committee provides a forum to exchange and develop ideas of common interest to the IOT industry.

The role of the Steering Committee is to decide:

    ·   Scope and extent of NVIOT Forum work

    ·   The scope of the work groups

    ·   NVIOT Forum communication

    ·   NVIOT Forum information availability

    ·   New members

The responsibilities of the Steering Committee are:

    ·   Establish, monitor and terminate work groups

    ·   Define the master test catalogue roadmaps

    ·   Maintain the IOT Methodology

    ·   Maintain the NVIOT Organisation and Working Practices

    ·   Agree customer communication and public events

    ·   Agree the NVIOT Forum documentation availability

    ·   Identify new development ideas

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CN Interfaces Work Group

This work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the NVIOT master test catalogues for the core network interfaces. These catalogues are created on a per interface basis and based on the relevant 3GPP standards.

The work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of joint test plan and joint test report templates for each catalogue they create. The vendors use these templates in their bi-lateral IOT activities to aid in the planning and reporting phases of the IOT process.

The work group is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of the NVIOT documentation handling. This NVIOT internal document defines the procedures used to create and maintain the NVIOT documentation.

In addition the work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the templates that are used to create and maintain the NVIOT documentation.

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RAN Interfaces Work Group

This work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the NVIOT master test catalogues for the RAN interfaces. These catalogues are created on a per interface basis and based on the relevant 3GPP standards.

The work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of joint test plan and joint test report templates for each catalogue they create. The vendors use these templates in their bi-lateral IOT activities to aid in the planning and reporting phases of the IOT process.

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Air Interfaces Work Group

This work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the NVIOT master test catalogues for the air interfaces. These catalogues are created on a per interface basis and based on the relevant 3GPP standards.

The work group is responsible for the creation and maintenance of joint test plan and joint test report templates for each catalogue they create. The vendors use these templates in their bilateral IOT activities to aid in the planning and reporting phases of the IOT process.

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NVIOT Forum Members

Full Members

Alcatel-Lucent http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
Ericsson http://www.ericsson.com
Huawei http://www.huawei.com
Kapsch CarrierCom http://www.kapschcarrier.com
Nokia Networks http://nsn.com

Samsung
ZTE

https://www.samsung.com/global/business/telecommunication-systems/
http://www.zte.com.cn

Associate Members

Cisco http://www.cisco.com
HP http://www.hp.com
ip.access http://www.ipaccess.com
Sasken http://www.sasken.com

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