Novell this week will partner with Lucent Technologies to advance a specification that lets various services providers share end-user data and deliver customisable services across wired and wireless networks.
The specification is called the Presence and Availability API (PAM), and is available for industry comment and feedback at http://www.pamforum.org. The two companies plan to submit PAM for standardisation.
PAM is designed to let communications systems share authorised information about subscribers' identity, presence and availability across communication mediums, including telephony and IP technologies. With PAM, users will be able to define a single set of personal preferences for their email, telephone, wireless or instant messaging environments, as well as caching engines, conferencing and PBX systems.
For instance, a single user could establish a digital identity consisting of information about themselves, email addresses, numbers they can be contacted at and personal website preferences, and submit it for storage in a PAM-enabled device or service. The service could then share it, with the customer's permission, with other services or devices that are PAM-enabled.
Novell Directory Services eDirectory would be used to administer, manage and enable PAM identity services. Lucent makes a variety of phones, handheld and communications devices.