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The webinos cross platform open source consortium releases its first specifications for review

The EU webinos consortium headed by Fraunhofer FOKUS is excited to announce that an important milestone has been achieved.

 
PRLog - Nov. 8, 2011 - The webinos consortium has released its first specifications and is inviting external feedback from car companies, phone manufacturers, mobile operators, TV companies, broadcasters and application and software developers.


The specification builds upon the Device APIs and security work driven within W3C, HTML5, PhoneGap and the Wholesale Application Community (WAC), Already webinos members are developing implementations on different devices and operating systems – to trial and enhance these specifications. The webinos objective is to define a ubiquitous platform for secure, interoperable web application deployment. It is not just about getting web applications running in isolation on phones, but providing the technical architecture to allow web applications to run on, and communicate across, multiple device types (TV, Car, PC, Mobile).

webinos is pioneering the vision to define a ubiquitous platform for secure, interoperable web application deployment. Recent announcements from Tizen and Sony Ericsson/Sony all lend support to the vision of “multi device” and “device intercommunication” based upon “web based applications”.

webinos is structured  for innovation and open collaboration. We invite any parties interested in multi device web applications to join the consortium and to commit to the internet ethos of openness and interoperability. Already, Nitobi, Present Technologies and Telecom ParisTech have joined. “We are very determined and active in growing this base further,” says Stephan Steglich (Fraunhofer FOKUS) Project Co-ordinator “Our specifications are only the first step, our open source code base is well underway, and will be released shortly”. The webinos specifications consist of three parts. The first part describes and defines the overall webinos platform, structure and the interaction of its components. The second part describes the specific APIs available on webinos devices. The third part is the webinos security framework, which covers the policy based security and privacy elements of webinos. Nick Allott, Technical  co‐coordinator explains: ”In total webinos has released the specifications of 27 distinct JavaScript APIs, some of these APIs are references to (or minor enhancements of) existing W3C or WAC specifications, others are brand new, such as Vehicle, TV,  Discovery, Attestation, NFC, and Sensors. It is important to understand webinos is not just about new JavaScript APIs. A new architectural model is proposed, which specifically addresses the requirement for devices to allow web applications to seamlessly but securely communicate with each other, even when offline. Some specific highlights of note:

•   The use of JSON-RPC to allow device APIs to be used remotely, and as a side effect bridging the gap between traditional web services and RESTful interfaces and JavaScript APIs.
•   Incorporation of node.js technology into the implementation for both client and server processing
•   Innovative new protocols, device and user identity mechanisms, that forms a strong architectural foundation for running applications in web contexts
•   Mechanisms for remotely discovering and invocating services between applications and devices, both on the public internet and for local networking (WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC) scenarios”

The webinos consortium has been set up by 22 organisations, including global players such as Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, BMW Research and Technology, Sony Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. Also a member of the consortium is W3C, the international internet standards body, which will ensure that the webinos work is consistent with current and emerging standards. Further webinos members include renowned universities and research institutes such as The University of Oxford, application developers and media companies - all of whom support the webinos vision:  "Deutsche Telekom is anticipating the fast developments of the internet, the demand for usage of applications across screens and the existing technical barriers. Telekom welcomes the engagement of academia and industrial companies across the domains with the desire to overcome these technical barriers and with the vision to create an open source platform that allows applications to run across screens. We are committed to webinos and are encouraging others to contribute to and adopt webinos." says Stephan Berg, Vice President Architecture Blueprints, Strategy & Architecture, Deutsche Telekom AG

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About webinos
webinos (Secure Web Operating System Application Environment) will deliver a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices. The project receives ten million Euro co-funding, under the EU FP7 ICT Programme, No 257103, and will run for three years starting in September 2010. webinos has been initiated by a research consortium with the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS at the helm.
More than 20 partners are represented within the consortium. For further information contact info@webinos.org Facebook/linkedin: webinos Twitter: #webinosproject
The webinos specifications can be found at:
http://dev.webinos.org/deliverables/wp3/index.html
All further webinos reports can be found at: http://webinos.org/downloads/

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