UNIFIED IOT CONNECTIVITY MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
The Aptilo IoT Connectivity Management Platform (SMPIoT) provides a Unified IoT connectivity. It is based on the same Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) as the award-winning Aptilo SMP for Wi-Fi and features a scalable and flexible architecture. The Aptilo SMP has already been proven in over 100 demanding carrier Wi-Fi deployments and works as a policy control function (PCRF) for cellular services at mobile operators such as 3Scandinavia.
The award-winning new service for mobile operators, Aptilo IoT Connectivity Control Service™ (IoT CCS), is based on Aptilo SMPIoT and IoT security from Fortinet. It provides a unique and programmable hyperscale IoT connectivity management layer for mobile operators that want to innovate in the IoT era.
There are many good IoT application enablement platforms in the market today. They all need to onboard and communicate with devices using different IoT connectivity radio technologies. Low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) radio technologies such as LoRa and Sigfox. 3GPP-based LPWAN such as NB-IoT. Mesh-based IoT radio technologies such as Wi-SUN. And more than anything else, short-range IoT connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee. In fact, according to Ericsson’s June 2020 mobility report, an astonishing 78% (or 19.1 billion devices) of all IoT devices in 2025 will use short-range radio technologies such as Wi-Fi. No wonder, as most things are not moving.
Unified IoT connectivity – filling the gap
There is a need for a unified IoT connectivity platform that can seamlessly and intelligently connect the IoT devices running on different radio technologies with the different application enablement platforms. With the vision to become the leading unified IoT connectivity platform, Aptilo has started with Wi-Fi and 3GPP connectivity. We will add additional IoT connectivity radio technologies on customer request.
IOT CONNECTIVITY MANAGEMENT PLATFORM IN THE CLOUD
Although service providers can host the Aptilo IoT Connectivity Management Platform in their own datacenters, we primarily offer or platform as a service hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Currently we offer two services on AWS.
The Aptilo IoT Connectivity Control Service™ (IoT CCS) is a groundbreaking IoT connectivity management service for mobile operators that want to innovate in the IoT era. They can leave their Mobile Core untouched and create cellular IoT connectivity services previously considered unthinkable.
Are you using AWS IoT Core to enable your IoT applications and finding it tiresome to manually onboard Wi-Fi IoT devices to a secure Wi-Fi network? Check out our brand new service on Amazon Web Services, the Aptilo Zero-touch Wi-Fi IoT connectivity cloud service. The same principles that we use with AWS IoT Core can be used for other IoT platforms as well.
Robust high performance IoT connectivity management
Aptilo’s IoT connectivity management platform is designed to meet service providers’ requirement for a carrier-grade and scalable architecture with high availability. This includes geographical redundancy and disaster recovery. Regardless of whether you are a service provider with extremely high usage or an organization with fair usage, you can always trust that Aptilo SMPIoT and Aptilo will deliver.
Future-proof your IoT connectivity needs
B2B or B2C or B2B2C we do not care. Aptilo’s IoT connectivity platform works for every business model and the flexibility will support your business no matter who your end customers are. The Aptilo SMP IoT platform is built around our API-adapter concept and our service logic engine which we call Aptilo ServiceGlue™. It features a powerful rules engine with configurable logic helping you to intelligently enable IoT connectivity for different IoT applications for yourself or your customers.
Multitenant IoT connectivity management platform
Our IoT connectivity platform is designed from the ground-up to provide a multitenant solution to the service provider. A tenant represents the highest level of an organization utilizing the platform. The platform can be shared by many tenants which each get access to their private set of functions and analytics.
One platform instance can be scaled to support thousands of tenants and many different services, reducing installation and operations costs and shortening timelines when onboarding new users and new devices.
Multitenacy means that:
- The device database can be shared by multiple tenants whose data is still kept separated.
- Policy rules can be defined to apply to specific tenants only.
- Analytics are provided per tenant in a hierarchical fashion, to give each tenant a complete view of their own events and services at any given level in the organization.
- The device onboarding maps into the tenant structure.
Our IoT Connectivity Management Platform intelligently connects “things” with IoT applications.
A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE APTILO UNIFIED IOT CONNECTIVITY PLATFORM
The keyword here is “Unified”. The Aptilo Unified IoT Connectivity Platform serves as a glue between IoT devices using different radio technologies and the different IoT application enablement platforms such as AWS IoT Core, other cloud-based platforms and operators’ IoT platforms. If you are a service provider, we can “glue in” your core systems as well. We do that over standard interfaces such as RADIUS, SIGTRAN and Diameter or through our flexible REST API and can then connect to your own or to third party IoT platforms. The REST API can also be used to integrate different enterprise systems.
For Wi-Fi IoT connectivity, we recommend the secure and seamless EAP authentication methods EAP-SIM/AKA, EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS. These are one of the cornerstones in Hotspot 2.0 and Passpoint, but also works with older Wi-Fi networks supporting 802.1x. This provides a Wi-Fi connectivity just as secure as any cellular connection, as 802.1x encrypts the Wi-Fi radio network. There is also a possibility to use MAC authentication which provides a seamless connection although less secure and without encryption.
Our experience, after having connected hundreds of millions people and devices since 2001, is that it is often not enough to just do a standard-based authentication. Many times you need an intelligent connectivity. A connectivity able to look-up policies in other subsystems to connect the device in the desired way. This is in particular true for IoT devices. Using the flexibility in our advanced policy engine, the Aptilo ServiceGlue™, we can do magic that goes beyond the standards. We can for instance, make a halt during the authentication and authorization process. Then look up policy information from multiple sources, form a new connectivity policy based on this information and then connect the device according to this policy.