Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taiwan cellular operator picks Ayla for IoT development

Steve Rogerson
December 12, 2108
 
Taiwan cellular operator Asia Pacific Telecom is to use California-based Ayla Networks’s recently enhanced IoT platform to develop IoT applications.
 
The IoT platform as a service (PaaS) delivers device management and application enablement. It has added capabilities to make it easier and more affordable to build IoT services that run over any cellular protocol, including low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) such as Cat-M1 and NB-IoT.
 
Ayla Networks is launching four device agents and modules for embedding cellular connectivity into edge devices: a Linux cellular agent; a cellular portable agent; cellular LPWAN production modules using SimCom and Quectel hardware; and a Qualcomm cellular IoT software development kit (SDK) collaboration. An Ayla web SDK is available for rapid development of business applications that leverage cellular device data.
 
The enhanced IoT cloud management over cellular networks is being leveraged by Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) for the region's NB-IoT projects
 
With these cellular IoT capabilities incorporated into its IoT platform, Ayla is helping makers of IoT devices and IoT service providers leverage low-power cellular networks including Cat-M1 and NB-IoT without making changes to their own product designs.
 
"These new cellular IoT capabilities provide yet another example of how the Ayla platform can speed time to market while also future-proofing IoT products," said Jonathan Cobb, CEO of Ayla Networks. "It's all part of the philosophy Ayla Networks has followed since its inception: integrate all the tough parts of doing IoT into a comprehensive IoT platform that's continually updated and improved. That way, product manufacturers and service providers using the Ayla platform can put all their attention on their own businesses, without worrying about the IoT aspect of their offerings."
 
The added Ayla cellular capabilities are suitable for IoT applications such as remotely located equipment that lacks wifi access, but whose types and volumes of data transmission make LTE cellular services prohibitively expensive. Advancements in LPWAN cellular technologies are making deployments of Cat-M1 and NB-IoT networks more prevalent, but previous IoT connectivity required dedicated connectivity to one of these cellular protocols. In other words, IoT companies had to commit to a particular communications network from the beginning of their design process.
 
The cellular IoT capabilities offered through the Ayla platform enable product manufacturers to move from one connectivity type to another – whether wifi, LTE, Cat-M1, NB-IoT or other protocols such as Zigbee and LoRa – at any time. They also enable Ayla Networks to meet the needs of the widest range of customers, with wifi connectivity for residential IoT applications, cellular connectivity for commercial applications and gateway products for industrial applications.
 
Additionally, once connected to the Ayla IoT platform, IoT devices running on low-power cellular networks can use Ayla platform features such as battery and data usage optimisation. A remotely located battery-powered IoT device can send an alert that its battery power is running low or that it is reaching the limits of its data plan. The device's operator can reduce battery or data usage as needed through the platform, without having to change anything on the device itself.
 
"Ayla Networks is the leading platform provider of IoT device connectivity, virtualisation and management," said Nicole Chen, director of APT’s IoT business development division. "We selected Ayla Networks as our strategic partner for our commercial projects in Taiwan and are already seeing rapid time-to-value as well as market-leading scale and performance."
 
At the cloud level, the Ayla cellular IoT capabilities include an enhanced messaging architecture optimised for LPWAN networks' data usage and frequency of sending data. They also include an improved device management platform for developing and deploying cellular devices at scale.
 
The web SDK can help IoT device makers and service providers create applications that take advantage of their devices' cellular data. For instance, they could build support portals, service applications that reduce truck rolls, or provide anomaly detection and other product performance monitoring applications.