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. 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. An example where we have used this capability is our Zero-touch Wi-Fi IoT connectivity for devices.
We have built the Aptilo SMP platform for multi-tenancy. This means that service providers can host all their business customers in the same scalable platform and allow them to see only their own analytics and manage their own devices.