TM Forum Inform

Catalyst drones to answer telco ecosystem questions

TM Forum Inform

May 26, 2017

Watch the video to find out how telcos can build an ecosystem, attract and work with partners, generate new revenues and provide a simple monetization platform – plus secure end-to-end service assurance, and use orchestration to ensure efficient use of the network.

Alan Byrne, Head of Innovation, IRC, Huawei, explains a key metric for this proof of concept Catalyst project, A platform for IoT and anything as a service, was “everyone in the ecosystem makes money and that operations are more efficient.”

The team is championed by Vodafone. Huawei provided the orchestrator, Centina covered the secure service assurance, InverCloud is a digital marketplace and Infosys contributed the video analytics. When they demonstrated their solution at TM Forum Live!, it received a TM Forum Award for Outstanding Performance in the Catalyst Program.

The Catalyst is an extension of one demonstrated in Nice in 2016, which involved the fixed network and looked at how a digital small-to-medium sized enterprise could create a platform and determine what applications to run on it. This year’s extended play includes wireless and IoT, “looking at a platform business model that covers all industries. It uses TM Forum’s Open APIs as well as APIs from other industries,” according to Byrne.

Droning on

He says, “The biggest difference is that this year we went to people outside TM Forum, to people who are making drones, operating drones and developing drone applications, as well as those providing insurance for drones. We asked them if this platform-based anything as a service was of interest to them, would they use it and what they would expect to pay.

“We had a number of workshops with ecosystem players and used the CurateFX tool to document what APIs they would need. What we found out was that they want a platform – platforms make life easier – but they want data analytics as well as connectivity. They said a key question was, that as we get more and more connected IoT devices that generate more data, can we bring it all together so we can generate more value?


“The parties wanted to know not only how they collect and analyze data, but how they could sell it to other people.”

In Nice, the team showed it could orchestrate a 5G network slice and assure it, end-to-end, including the drone and the application in the cloud. For the purposes of the network, the drone was, in effect, an SDN controller. The team demonstrated how it could control the flight of a drone, identify a flaw in the mission and fix it. Partners onboarded through a portal.

Technology feedback

The team produced two white papers as a result of their work on this phase of the Catalyst: one on the platform business model and partnering, another on service assurance.

Regarding Open APIs, the team looked at extending the service qualification API because drones don’t just need an address, the operator needs to know the height and multiple addresses during a mission. It gave all the competitors access to all the APIs the team used at the Open Hack, which also took place in Nice, to show how easy to use and adaptable they are.

The project also designed an architecture for the IoT platform.

Business takeaways

“Service assurance is important: It is a key differentiator telcos have over cloud services – and we’ve laid out how it can be done for IoT services in the second white paper

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