OMTP Opens Up Compliance Process

The Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) has announced that following the success of its member-only product profile conformance process, launched in 2006, it is now enabling the procedure to be used by non-members. From now on, any organisation can check its products, including applications, against OMTP requirements, and make declarations of compliance. This means that application developers and any vendor of devices or service platforms can demonstrate their compliance with the corresponding requirements from the operator community.
Following the OMTPs recent announcement on Recommended Practice for Connected Applications, the product profile compliance scheme has already being used by organisations in the connected applications and device management areas to test for compliance. The non-member developer community can now utilise the OMTPs website to check the compliance of its applications against the OMTP requirements. Organisations offering applications and services in the fixed Internet world should make the OMTP website their first stop if they want benefit from the OMTP member experiences documented in Recommended Practices for Connected Applications and kickstart their presence in mobile, the organisation says.
We are delighted with the success of the initial product profile process, and are enthused that were now able to offer this to the entire industry, says OMTP Managing Director, Tim Raby. The organisations utilising the service can highlight their products and applications to the OMTP operator members, which in turn enables the operator industry to select applications that suitably fit their devices and networks. Compliant applications drive the market forward and enforce the message of the OMTP to enhance the consumer experience.
Mike Whittingham, VP, Ecosystem Development at Symbian adds:
Symbian actively contributed to the OMTP Recommended Practices for Connected Applications document with the ultimate aim of helping to spread third party connected application development best practice. The new compliance process means companies from the developer community can acknowledge they have reflected documented best practice and then concentrate on promoting the innovative and compelling features of their application.