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Introduction

In order to optimize the IOT process the NVIOT Forum produces a variety of documents for its members to use in their IOT activities. The production of these documents has resulted in a significant improvement in the planning phase of IOT as well as providing a more uniform approach.

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Master Test Catalogues

One of the key outputs from the NVIOT Forum are Master Test Catalogues (MTCs). These documents are test specifications which capture the tests possible in an IOT environment for a specific network interface. The MTCs represent a superset of tests and they are used by the NVIOT Forum members as a reference point when planning an IOT test session.

The Steering Committee defines which interfaces are worked on, and the roadmap for their creation, based on market requirements. It is then the responsibility of the relevant Work Group to prepare the MTC, and maintain it once released. It should be noted that NVIOT work, due to the need to have documentation available before IOT starts, may be ahead of customer requirements.

MTCs are grouped into various technologies, including but not limited to 2G&3G, IMS and LTE/SAE. Within each technology group there are multiple MTCs covering the required interfaces. Examples of interfaces currently covered by NVIOT Forum work per technology are as follows:

2G&3G: A, C&D, E&G, Gb, Gn&Gp, Gr, Gs, Iu, Iuh, Iur, Nb, Nc 

IMS: Cx, ISC, Mg, Mj, Mr, Mw, Sh

LTE/SAE: S1, S6a, S3, S4, S5&S8, S10, S11, SGs, X2

It should be noted that the above is not a complete list, it merely represents a subset of the current status and is subject to change.

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Common Documents and Templates

In order to optimize the IOT process and at the same time provide operators with a common look and feel to the IOT documentation they receive from their suppliers the NVIOT Forum has developed a set of common documents and templates. These are recommended to be used by the NVIOT Forum members in their IOT activities. For more information on each document please follow the links.

IOT Methodology    Joint Test Plan Template    Joint Test Report Template    Joint Interoperability Statement Template

IOT Methodology

The NVIOT Forum has developed a standard approach to IOT which is captured in the IOT Methodology document. This document defines the scope of IOT and also describes the IOT process in detail. The IOT process defined by the NVIOT Forum is technology agnostic and has been successfully used by the NVIOT Forum members for many years. This document is owned and maintained by the Steering Committee.

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Joint Test Plan Template

A Joint Test Plan (JTP) template is used by the NVIOT Forum members to prepare a plan for a specific IOT test session. There are JTP templates prepared for each interface within the scope of the NVIOT Forum, which contain all the tests relevant for that interface. These templates have enabled the NVIOT Forum members to reduce the time spent preparing for an IOT test session.

In addition to the interface specific JTP templates the NVIOT Forum has also created and maintains a generic JTP template. This serves as the reference for the interface specific JTP templates and can also be used in the unlikely event that an interface specific JTP template is not available at the time of testing.

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Joint Test Report Template

A Joint Test Report (JTR) template is used by the NVIOT Forum members to prepare a report for a specific IOT test session. There are JTR templates prepared for each interface within the scope of the NVIOT Forum. These templates have enabled the NVIOT Forum members to reduce the time spent finalising an IOT test session, and also provide operators with a common look and feel to the IOT documentation provided by their suppliers.

In addition to the interface specific JTR templates the NVIOT Forum has also created and maintains a generic JTR template. This serves as the reference for the interface specific JTR templates and can also be used in the unlikely event that an interface specific JTR template is not available at the time of testing.

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Joint Interoperability Statement Template

The Joint Interoperability Statement (JIS) template has been created for the situation where it has been deemed that IOT testing is not necessary, e.g. due to no evolution on a particular interface in a new software release. This template provides operators with a common look and feel to the IOT documentation provided by their suppliers.

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