The winning Catalysts are…

At TM Forum Live! today, TM Forum announced the winners of the 2016 Catalyst Awards.

Catalysts are member-driven proof-of-concept projects – which connect communications service providers, technology suppliers, and global enterprises from a variety of industries – to develop innovative, commercially viable prototypes of new digital services and business models.

The six winning projects were selected from a record-breaking 29 Catalysts showcased at TM Forum Live! 2016.

More than 90 member companies and 300 individuals participated in the 2016 Catalyst projects which spanned Open APIs, NFV/SDN, digital health, smart climate, data monetization, customer experience management, smart cities, the Internet of Everything and more.

The 2016 Catalyst Award winners are:

Most Innovative Catalyst – Technical

Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative technical concept and demonstration.

  • NFV ecosystem enabler: A well-enabled VNF package

This Catalyst project provides the framework for network providers to adopt virtualization within the telecommunications environment.

Champions: AT&T, China Mobile, Orange

Participants: Cloudsoft, Huawei, IBM

Most Innovative Catalyst – Commercial in Smart X

Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative commercial concept and demonstration in Smart X.

  • Smart city: Service level management for smart city ecosystems & trusted IoT

This Catalyst builds on a previous project showcasing the live smart city use case of Milton Keynes in the UK (MK:Smart), which demonstrated how BT’s Data Hub approach enables a smart city ecosystem to collect, trade and monetize data and data-intensive services. This latest phase of the project adds the ability to provide service level management and trusted Internet of Things (IoT).

Specifically, the team is looking at how to ensure the data platform is stable and reliable, and is demonstrating how to enable data providers to offer ‘classes’ of service, for example, charging more for higher-speed data delivery. Should the data provider fall short of the agreement, they will show how compensation and penalties can automatically be calculated and applied. This iteration of the Catalyst also focuses on ensuring that data collection is secure, meaning that only authorized devices (like sensors and gateways) can connect to the platform.

Champions: BT, NRECA, Open University

Participants: Cloudsoft, Huawei, Infonova/BearingPoint 

Most Innovative Catalyst – Commercial Applications in Communications Industry

Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative commercial concept and demonstration in the communications industry

  • New business models with mobile sponsored data

This Catalyst demonstrates a new way to monetize mobile data in a business-to-business-to-consumer business model and create a trustworthy experience between digital service providers and their customers by leveraging the network of mobile operators – in this case a digital service provider that wants to create a best-in-class experience with its customers.

As an example, a bank (or any other service such as an insurance company, travel agency or merchant) may want to incentivize its customers to use its mobile app and handle transactions digitally instead of going to a branch, which has high operating costs. During the customer service session, which may involve heavy content or a video chat, all the data used is taken care of by the bank (the digital service provider) and does not lead to a reduction in the consumer’s data bundle.

Champions: Orange

Participants: CloudSense, Comptel, DataMi, Salesforce, Sigma

Greatest Contribution to the Evolution of TM Forum Assets

Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces or contributes the most to the evolution of TM Forum assets.

  • Building model-driven service orchestration via an FMO architecture

This Catalyst project, now in its second phase, continues with defining network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestrator behavior through model-driven and micro-service chaining approaches. The project focuses on a model-driven practice and development of necessary metadata to define the behavior of the NFV orchestrator.

Additionally, it explores a micro-service chaining approach with a Future Mode of Operation (FMO) architecture and the definition of FMO component interfaces to understand the traffic models of different layers. This helps to build the linkage between end-to-end traffic and service orchestration behavior through closed-loop automation, dynamic inventory, topology models and cost models covering operating and capital expenses, and licenses.

Champions: China Mobile, Orange
Participants: Huawei, Inspur

Greatest Adoption of TM Forum Assets

Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces the most effective implementation or proof-of-concept of a TM Forum best practice or standard, demonstrating the value of the asset and encouraging adoption.|

  • DigiCOPLife: Smart life: My city, my home, my planet

The Internet of Things promises a safe, simpler and more eco-friendly lifestyle by delivering automated security and energy management solutions. Accomplishing this requires provisioning services on a single integrated platform that is easy to configure and easier to use, with a ‘set-and-forget’ philosophy.

This Catalyst demonstrates the foundation for an agile IoT ecosystem delivering a broad range of smart digital services and shows how different vertical domains can be interconnected into a seamless service bundle that will have a direct impact on our carbon footprint. It shows the activation of physical devices (energy, security, temperature control, etc.) which are triggered automatically based on the location and movement of the customer/citizen, and provides easy awareness of any carbon impact.

Champions: Orange
Participants: BaseN, BearingPoint/Infonova, ESRI, NTS

Best New Catalyst 

Awarded to the Catalyst team with the best new concept and use case.

  • Smart industrial manufacturing: Robots-as-a-Service

Communications is not the only industry sector coming to grips with digitalization and how best to take advantage of the transformation. Other industries are looking at communications as the means of improving the ways they operate, especially in accessing and utilizing cloud services. A chief focus for them is the industrial Internet, but there are significant challenges in coordinating things like factory floor machines with cloud-based systems, and in helping people use dynamically connected solutions.

This Catalyst goes beyond the scope of traditional closed-loop supervisory control and data acquisition (also known as SCADA) implementations and narrow machine-to-machine services to demonstrate online orders for robot-based services, along with remote activation and configuration of robot cells using TM Forum REST-based Open Digital and DSRA application program interfaces. The Catalyst shows the general applicability of TM Forum assets for new use cases. Moreover, it presents a real-world scenario to potentially save the manufacturing industry billions of dollars in lost capital utilization of industrial robots due to extended downtime for reconfiguration and preventive maintenance that results from disconnected manual processes.

Champions: TWI
Participants: EnterpriseWeb, Infosim

Catalysts: Get involved

The full list of all 29 Catalysts along with videos, interviews, and articles can be found here.

The next round of Catalysts will be developed at TM Forum Action Week, taking place July 11-15, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.


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