FLO Forum adopts tech specs

FLO Forum today published three mobile video specs: the Service Information Specification, the FLO Services and Use Cases Specification. It also updated versions of the FLO Device and Transmitter Minimum Performance Specifications were approved by the FLO Forum’s membership.

The System Information Specification defines the functions and structure of the system information (SI) associated with real-time and non-real-time broadcast and multicast services in FLO Networks. The SI in this specification provides users with the advance information needed to make service subscription and service selection decisions.

“Approval of the System Information Specification marks a key milestone towards multi-vendor interoperability of the FLO system,” said Vinod Valloppillil, vice president of product marketing for Roundbox and FLO Forum member. “The specification is an important toolset for operators and software developers looking to provide consumers a powerful, flexible, branded solution for content navigation.”

The FLO Services and Content Committee’s Service Descriptions and Usage Flows Specification presents a set of use cases and service models for FLO services which are used to derive requirements for other FLO technical specifications.

“The Service Descriptions and Usage Flows Specification is a roadmap for the exciting services and features that FLO will provide, ” said Ben Gibbs, senior manager of product planning for Sharp Corporation and chair of FLO Forum’s Services and Content Committee. “It strongly reflects what is important to service and content providers.”

The updated FLO Minimum Performance Specifications for both the Device and Transmitter provide refined performance guidelines based on the most up-to-date testing of commercial-grade FLO devices and transmitters.