Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Aptilo facilitates wifi IoT on-boarding for AWS

Steve Rogerson
February 20, 2019

Swedish firm Aptilo Networks has launched zero-touch IoT connectivity to facilitate automatic and secure on-boarding of wifi IoT devices running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Aptilo is using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and AWS IoT Core to bring IoT connectivity for enterprises and telecoms operators to add to their existing offering. Aptilo makes use of Amazon EC2 for automation, scalability and high-availability and to help wifi IoT devices connect to AWS IoT Core for device management, analytics, security and application enablement.
"Customers are looking for a solution that can help them deliver IoT services effectively," said Tim Mattison, global technology lead at Amazon Web Services. "With Aptilo's IoT connectivity, wifi becomes scalable, seamless and secure."
Typically, on-boarding of wifi IoT devices is difficult. Existing wifi connectivity requires some kind of manual action when the device is switched on for the first time. This has been a hindrance when rolling out IoT services based on wifi connectivity. As a result, cellular connectivity is sometimes preferred over wifi in spite of being widely available at indoor locations.
"The only way for wifi to be used on a large scale for IoT is for on-boarding to happen automatically, after powering up the device for the first time," said Paul Mikkelsen, CEO at Aptilo Networks. "Aptilo offers an elegantly simple, secure solution that also allows control to stay with the enterprise IT department. AWS makes it easy for us to provide a scalable cloud service globally."
Aptilo's IoT offering, based on its SMP service management platform, leverages Hotspot 2.0 and Passpoint, while also supporting legacy wifi equipment and devices.
Instead of requiring endless manual labour to on-board every device, it uses device identities that already exist in AWS IoT Core. Through the integration with AWS IoT Core, SMP can also verify if the device is active and collect input to form connectivity policies. The enterprise remains in control, but the service is seamless.
"As a long-time customer of Aptilo, we appreciate that they are adding more functionality to enable IoT services over wifi," said Hanspeter Stofer, ICT architect at Swisscom. "This is a game-changer for wifi IoT connectivity."
Aptilo Networks provides carrier-class systems to manage data services with functions for authentication, policy control and charging. Aptilo SMP has become synonymous with wifi service management and wifi offload in large-scale deployments with over 100 operators in more than 75 countries.