Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Ayla extends IoT platform capabilities

Steve Rogerson
August 9, 2018
Ayla Networks has extended the capabilities of its IoT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for device management and application enablement. The aim is to simplify the ability to gain business value from the IoT.
This platform release overcomes restrictions on choosing wireless modules to connect to the Ayla IoT cloud and streamlines the creation of enterprise applications that use IoT device data.
A portable software agent cuts the time needed to get to market with IoT initiatives by allowing manufacturers to select essentially any cellular or wifi module and have it connect easily to the Ayla IoT cloud. For makers of IoT products and service providers, the platform has added application enablement capabilities that make it faster and easier to build mobile and web-based enterprise applications that take advantage of IoT data.
“IoT applications and use cases continue to grow in size and complexity, and Ayla Networks is committed to keeping our IoT platform technology a step ahead of what the market needs,” said Jonathan Cobb, CEO of California-based Ayla Networks. “Our new portable device agent allows business priorities, rather than connectivity technology, to dictate the basis for choosing hardware modules to connect devices to the IoT cloud. And our expanded application enablement capabilities will be particularly useful for enterprises, service providers and manufacturers that are getting started on IoT projects and want to scale quickly and innovate faster.”
To connect to an IoT cloud, devices use an embedded cellular or wifi module – comprising a hardware chip and a software agent – that provides wireless cloud connectivity. Until now, IoT software agents had to be built and certified to work with a specific chip and module type, an expensive process that could take a year or more and involve significant certification overhead.
The portable agent circumvents this problem by enabling connectivity to the Ayla IoT cloud from any cellular or wifi module without the lengthy process of certifying a different software agent for each chip or module variation, and without having to generate source code to port the agent to a chosen module. As a result, IoT providers that want to connect to the Ayla IoT cloud are no longer restricted to a list of certified cellular or wifi modules; instead, they can take a bring-your-own approach to IoT modules.
“The Ayla portable agent will help companies with the development of new IoT products by reducing the burden on module hardware selection, allowing them to concentrate on differentiating their offerings to serve rapidly expanding markets,” said Jessica Yu, director of WP1 PLM for Universal Global Scientific Industrial.
The portable agent includes source code, reference implementation, porting guide and test suite for both cellular and wifi. In addition, Ayla Networks can recommend development partners able to perform porting work for enterprises that lack in-house IoT firmware development expertise.
“As a world-leading communications module manufacturer, Lite-On appreciates partnering with Ayla Networks to make it easier for our customers to complete the last mile of their IoT applications,” said Steven Wu, general manager for the internet communications modules business unit of Lite-On. “With growing demand for low-power wide-area network chips, enabling easy access to the Ayla IoT cloud will expand the markets for our comprehensive communications modules.”
Antony Chen, marketing director of Ampak Technology, added: “We believe that the Ayla portable agent will allow us to offer a more diverse range of modules to a wider range of industries. The combination of our modules and easy Ayla IoT cloud access will help our customers win in the smart device market by offering more creative and cost-effective products.”
And Patrick Lin, product marketing director of AzureWave Technologies, said: “The Ayla portable agent will help manufacturers save significant amounts of time and effort in developing and connecting their IoT solutions.”
The Ayla mobile app foundry is Ayla’s next mobile application platform, designed primarily for large enterprises and service providers.
Introducing a template-based approach that reduces mobile app development costs, the foundry speeds the development and maintenance of mobile apps. It allows enterprises to develop and update quickly derivative versions of an app, such as consumer, field service, dealer, retail staff and geographically localised versions. The ability to generate apps from a common template – without managing multiple code bases –shortens the innovation and release cycles as enterprises expand and scale their IoT businesses.
The Ayla web software development kit (SDK) reduces development cycles for applications that leverage IoT device data with an enterprise’s other cloud or data integrations. The SDK makes it easier for developers to create business applications on top of the Ayla IoT platform. It provides pre-packaged functionality for user management, device monitoring, session management and rule-based access control management.