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Standardized Interfaces & APIs


A modern interface for efficient service usage accounting

IPDR is a two-way standardized interface that enables the collection and re-distribution of data found in the IP ecosystem. It runs anywhere and everywhere. It will allow you to gather data up to 95% faster from any device it is deployed on. It is simple to deploy and has proven scale as demonstrated by its industry adoption – specifically within the cable community which has a device footprint of more than 54 million users.


10 Functions Enabled By IPDR’s data collection capabilities

  • Capacity management
  • Charging & Billing
  • Customer experience management
  • Fault and performance management
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Inter-partner settlement
  • Marketing analysis
  • Revenue assurance
  • Traffic analysis
  • Usage accounting


The Industry Need for IPDR

New commercial and residential applications and a seemingly endlessly growing library of content are putting a strain on available bandwidth. Network service providers must keep building capacity.

At the same time, application and content owners are working with new distribution channels and want to make sure their assets are valued appropriately.
Consumers want to easily locate the application/content that they are interested in and they don’t want to have to be extremely technically savvy to consume it. Furthermore, they only want to pay for value received.
This translates to an industry requirement for a lightweight and flexible standard protocol that enables inter-business usage accounting. IPDR was built to fill this need and fulfills it today across the cable industry and through many other implementations.

5 Benefits of Using IPDR

  • Enables straight forward implementation of consumption-based services and billing
  • Gather usage data 95% faster than alternative methods
  • Gain insight to design next-generation IP-based services whose usage is hard to predict and which carry complex accounting models
  • Improve operational efficiency and find new revenue opportunities through analytics on collected data
  • Get more robust data than is typically captured with other standards allowing for more sophisticated analysis of usage patterns


What does the future hold for IPDR?

TM Forum maintains four additional interface suites. These interfaces have been used across the communications industry for many years and are widely deployed. Each of these interface packages has unique properties. Click on each to read more.

  • Data collection for millions of new IP endpoints
  • Automobile
  • Appliances
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Medical Devices
  • Machine-to-Machine communications
  • Environmental sensors (water, carbon credits, industrial emissions, etc.)
  • New Aggregation Points (Smart Meters, Home Gateways, Wireless Gateways, etc.)
  • Development of a Lightweight (Java-based) reference architecture to support deployment in mobile/sensor devices
  • Growth of specification and use cases beyond communications service providers to include content distributors, cloud service providers, utilities, location-based, multi-platform ad industry
  • Extension of IPDR into monitoring, policy, billing, and analytics support for Cloud infrastructures

Be part of that future

Join the TM Forum Collaboration Community IPDR Next Gen Group now to provide input and be part of the process of developing the next generation of IPDR.

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