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Method and System for Using Instant Messaging Application as a Transport Medium for Device Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192871D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Feb-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Feb-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 113K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method and system for using instant messaging application as a transport medium for device management is disclosed.

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Method and System for Using Instant Messaging Application as a Transport Medium for Device Management

A method and system is disclosed for using instant messaging application as a transport medium for mobile and semi-mobile device management.

The mobile and semi-mobile device includes a mobile phone, an IP (Internet Protocol) set-top-box, a WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) and similar class of resource constrained devices having access to an IP network. Typically, increasing complexity in these mobile and semi-mobile device applications require varying levels of configuration and software upgrades. These configuration and software upgrades are needed to manage the usable lifecycle of the mobile and semi-mobile device applications. Currently, OMA-DM (Open Mobile Alliance Device Management) standard enable management of software, device and network configurations. The OMA-DM also enables device diagnostics and software upgrades for a mobile and semi-mobile device applications using client-server architecture. The OMA-DM standard defines protocol, security and information models necessary for configuration and software upgrades of mobile and semi-mobile device applications.

The method discloses using an instant messaging protocol (example: XMPP or any proprietary IM protocols which allow extensions to add application-level protocol messages) as a transport medium for implementing OMA-DM based management of mobile and semi-mobile device applications. Though the disclosure specifies OMA-DM as device management protocol, any text based device management protocols (example: TR-069) are also suitable for being used with instant messaging protocols as transport.

The figure depicts an architecture in which an instant messaging application is used as a transport medium for implementing OMA-DM based management of mobile and semi-mobile device applications. As shown in the figure, each mobile and semi-mobile device application is identified using an Instant Messaging Identifier (IMA). This IMA may be translated to Mobile Station Integrated Services Digital Network (MSISDN) or Electronic Serial Number (ESN) for extended functionality. A Management Server is a mobile and semi-mobile device Management Server. The Management Server acts as an "authorized management buddy" in an internally managed "management-buddylist" of mobile and semi-mobile device applications. The OMA-DM standard also allows the configuration to be changed through Over-The-Air bootstrap

procedure. This procedure may be extended to update the "manage...