Campaign Timing

Campaign times vary depending on whether they are scheduled on OMA-DM and LWM2M FOTA devices versus HTTP FOTA devices.

Campaign times for OMA-DM and LWM2M FOTA devices

Devices using LWM2M or OMA-DM for device management respond to “push” messages to start a campaign. 

The ThingSpace campaign API allows the user to schedule an "on-demand" update or a day in the future. On-demand updates usually occur within two hours once they are scheduled, to allow all the pre-validation checks to occur.  An example schedule for an OMA-DM or LWMM2M on-demand campaign is shown in the following image:

Updates in the future normally begin around 12:00 AM UTC. For LWM2M devices, if the device does not respond, the system tries again around 4:00 AM UTC, and repeats this for up to 3 days. An example schedule for an OMA-DM or LWM2M future campaign is shown in the following image:

These devices follow the LWM2M and OMA-DM standard so these devices will respond to a push message with a response that the device has started, and eventually completed, the update. The Open Mobile Alliance has a well-documented FOTA state machine for the firmware update process.

Campaign time windows for HTTP FOTA devices

Devices using HTTP(S) for FOTA device management do not respond to “push” messages to start a campaign, but rather, devices check-in during periodic intervals as specified by the device OEM. To accommodate a campaign with variable start times, the Schedule Campaign API requires a start and end date. For example, the start date could be on a Sunday at 12:00 AM UTC and the end date could be on a Saturday at 11:59:59 PM UTC. When the device checks-in during that window, it will download and apply any new eligible firmware/software updates available.

Note: Campaign time windows for downloading and installing software are available as long as the device OEM supports this. (The devices must support date windows, but the device OEM may download and install once they checked-in, provided they are in the date range.)

An example on-demand campaign schedule for HTTP devices is shown below:

A set of optional parameters allow you to specify more discrete times within the start and end dates in the event that the device should only receive the update during those times. For example, if the device is a smart light that should not be updated during the evening, a time window can specify not only that the campaign runs from Sunday-Saturday, but that it must only happen during the late morning hours.

The Schedule Campaign API also offers an optional parameter that allows you to specify a discrete time window when the device should download the update, and a different time window when the device should apply the update.

A campaign schedule for a future campaign with discrete time windows is shown below.