There are a number of standards that describe OTA functions. The Zig Bee suite of standards includes the Zig Bee Over-the-Air Upgrading Cluster which is part of the Zig Bee Smart Energy Profile and provides an interoperable (vendor-independent) way of updating device firmware.
OTA is similar to firmware distribution methods used by other mass-produced consumer electronics, such as cable modems, which use TFTP as a way to remotely receive new programming, thus reducing the amount of time spent by both the owner and the user of the device on maintenance.
Depending on implementation, OTA software delivery can be initiated upon action, such as a call to the provider's customer support system or other dialable service, or can be performed automatically.
Typically it is done via the former method to avoid service disruption at an inconvenient time, but this requires subscribers to manually call the provider. provides a number of OTA functions to its subscribers via the *228 service code.
On modern mobile devices such as smartphones, an over-the-air update may refer simply to a software update that is distributed over Wi-Fi or mobile broadband using a function built into the operating system, with the "over-the-air" aspect referring to its use of wireless internet instead of requiring the user to connect the device to a computer via USB to perform the update.Please provide your contact details to get started with a free trial or discuss a project with our sales team.Firmware Over-The-Air, or "FOTA", is a way in which the firmware of a mobile device is updated wirelessly by the phone's manufacturer.Interop Technologies provides a number of nationwide wireless operators in the US with an SS7 Based Over-the-Air device management solution.This solution allows operators to manage wireless device functionality including renumbering handsets, updating phone settings, applications and subscriber data and adjusting PRL to manage cost structures.