Broadband Forum this week released code designed to provide vendors and operators with a future-proof, interoperable base they can use to create and accelerate connected-home deployments.
User Services Platform (USP), Open Broadband – USP Agent (OB-USP-Agent) is a standards-based solution that service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and end-users can leverage to manage connected devices, upgrade equipment and add new equipment, according to the Forum. It is the latest evolution of USP, which uses the same data models of Broadband Forum's TR-069 standard to create a network of controllers and agents that allow applications to manage service elements. TR-069 has been downloaded more than 1 billion times.
"We're doing a lot of work with user services platform -- USP -- which I think will start to gain a lot of momentum in 2019," said Geoff Burke, Broadband Forum chief marketing officer, in an interview with Broadband World News earlier this month. "This is the successor to TR69 that will enable [providers and vendors] to take that connectivity in the home into the next generation -- the IoT generation -- in which you're starting to work with a multitude of devices and some new challenges and introducing things like WiFi and WiFi mesh into the mix."
Operators can, for example, use OB-USP Agent to remotely monitor and troubleshoot IoT devices, along with services and home network links, to enhance support, reduce truck rolls and improve customer satisfaction.
"By combining the best of standards-based deployments with the latest software developments, OB-USP-Agent opens up the possibilities of the Connected Home to the entire broadband industry," said Kevin Foster, Broadband Forum Chairman and Head of Broadband Standards and Ecosystems at BT, in a statement. "With the release of the open source implementation, I am confident that the important role USP has to play in Internet of Things deployments will become even clearer, providing operators and vendors with the tools to deliver a future-proof Connected Home experience that enhances consumers' day-to-day lives."
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