Aptilo SMP IoT

Aptilo SMP IoT

Things. We have enabled connectivity for them since 2001.

Aptilo SMP Unified IoT Connectivity Platform

The Aptilo SMP IoT platform provides a Unified IoT connectivity. It is based on the same Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) platform 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.

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 2019 mobility report, an astonishing 80% (or 17.8 billion devices) of all IoT devices in 2024 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.

Zero-touch IoT Wi-Fi connectivity – delivered from the cloud

We will deliver several IoT connectivity solutions from the cloud. First out is the Aptilo zero-touch Wi-Fi IoT connectivity solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS) integrated with Amazon AWS IoT Core.

A robust high performance IoT connectivity platform

Aptilo’s IoT connectivity platform is designed to meet service providers’ requirement for a carrier-grade and highly 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’s IoT platform and Aptilo will deliver.

Future-proof your IoT connectivity platform

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 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.

One platform instance can be scaled to support many 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 as 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 Platform intelligently connect “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.

Aptilo Unified IoT Connectivity platform Aptilo SMP IoT

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 on Amazon AWS IoT Core.

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.