Microsoft, Progress, CA, Others Agree on WS-* for Devices

OASIS has approved new standards to bring SOA/web services to peripherals, consumer electronics, and various instruments for smart apps. The three new standards are supported by Microsoft, Progress Software, CA, Software AG, Rde Hat and other OASIS members.

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OASIS has approved new standards to bring SOA/web services to peripherals, consumer electronics, and various instruments for smart apps. The three new standards are supported by Microsoft, Progress Software, CA, Software AG, Red Hat and other OASIS members.

The latest OASIS standards will allow organizations to use web services to identify, communicate with, and control a variety of specialty devices, including: hand-held computers, cellphones, printers, storage devices, sensors, building security devices, entertainment systems, energy management equipment, and remote controls.

OASIS' three new standards include:

  • Web Services Dynamic Discovery (WS-Discovery),
  • SOAP Over User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and
  • Devices Profile for Web Services (DPWS)
  • .

    "These standards make it possible for a new generation of enterprise-enabled resources to be developed which will automatically be discovered and function seamlessly together," said Alain Regnier of Ricoh, co-chair of the OASIS WS-DD Technical Committee, in a statement.

    WS-DD sets out an approach to dynamically discover and describe a web service, which in turn will allow organizations to securely interact with these devices - to exchange messages, enable devices to subscribe and receive events and other integration / interaction, OASIS documents said.

    OASIS said the WS-DD standards are offered on a royalty-free basis. And any company, non-profit group, government, academic institution, and individual can participate in the OASIS WS-DD Technical Committee. Members and non-members can access the archives of the committee's work and OASIS said it hosts an open mail list for public comment.

    Microsoft officials noted the importance of the OASIS work in broadening the value and the reach of SOA and web services.

    "WS-DD expands the scope of the WS-* stack to encompass an exciting range of devices used by both consumers and professionals. Together, WS-Discovery, SOAP-over-UDP, and DPWS define a lightweight footprint that offers the potential to broaden the reach of Web services," said Toby Nixon of Microsoft, who also co-chairs the WS-DD Committee at OASIS, in a statement.




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