Cloud of Things and Monogoto embed cellular in IoT offering
August 5, 2020
Israeli companies Cloud of Things and Monogoto have bundled secure global SIM network services with ready-to-run IoT orchestration, automation, monitoring, management and maintenance with cyber security built in to enable indoor and outdoor connected systems on a unified operating platform.
The two firms have joined forces to roll out a global offering to smart product manufacturers that reduces complexity and risk, and speeds time to market with services supporting secure edge-cloud deployments.
The Cloud of Things DeviceTone IoT suite, which includes its patented CloudSwitch technology, has been integrated with Monogoto's global cellular connectivity platform using the firm’s IoT SIM. This makes it easier to spin up and scale connected systems, including automatically and securely registering end-points to the network, whether those end-points are fixed or mobile, on land or at sea, are indoors or outdoors, and include single or multiple sensors.
"For the first time, any company who wishes to develop and distribute smart products on a local or global basis can take full advantage of a real-time operating system using a single network with security embedded merged with a single platform based on Microsoft Azure's worldwide infrastructure that can connect to any cloud," said Avner Ziv, CEO of Cloud of Things. "After years of assisting product manufacturers, utility companies and others in standing up proven IoT offerings, and following on our announcement with Microsoft last month, we selected Monogoto as our exclusive global cellular connectivity provider given their reach, their innovation, cyber-security approach, and their software-defined network architecture."
The combination of the two platforms is enhanced with APIs, which means smart product and utility companies and providers can benefit from a unified, customised provisioning, management and maintenance environment, which drives up productivity and drives down cost. Given the open and configurable nature of both platforms, agility, scale and cyber security are also improved.
"The alignment of vision became immediately clear with perfect timing given the air gap in the market for a truly end-to-end experience," said Itamar Kunik, CEO of Monogoto. "Our teams have been working together on this joint solution which addresses the most difficult challenges the IoT community has been facing for years – the need for truly secure end-to-end services that are fully programmable, open and flexible, affordable and easily scaled up. Smart product companies, smart building and facilities operators, smart city providers and more no longer need to hope their connected systems will work; with Cloud of Things and Monogoto they have access to highly available real-time capabilities with edge and cloud control."
Monogoto offers coverage in all major markets and is global, including its cellular suitcase and the ability to roam into private networks such as CBRS in the USA for service in remote places. The companies plan to announce an additional partnership based in the USA next month.
The companies are going to market in the USA, Europe and globally together. Cloud of Things will co-sell Monogoto as part of its services, and Monogoto will co-sell DeviceTone as a pre-integrated, tested and secure IoT platform ready to run on Mongoto's network connecting with its IoT SIM.
With its multiple cellular profile container, the secured IoT SIM has a globally redundant footprint in more than 170 countries and 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE Cat-M1 connectivity federating more than 550 cellular networks.
Supporting standard UICC (triple form factor), eUICC and iUICC, the IoT SIM card guarantees compatibility to any IoT device or use case.
While the companies are developing specific vertical and horizontal services, their first joint offering is an end-to-end prototyping package, which includes the DeviceTone Genie, a ready-to-run device launched last month, and made available on the Microsoft Azure IoT marketplace, and Monogoto's kit which includes zero code service creation for rapid flow formation and global IoT cellular connectivity.
Designed for the connected field service market, the DeviceTone Genie starter kit that comes with a full featured IoT environment is available for $99 and will come with a SIM and complementary support services.
The DNA of both companies' technologies includes a commitment to open source, no-code, zero-touch and zero-trust approaches, reducing friction and risk. Instead of having to hire engineers, companies rolling out smart products simply design connected systems to serve their customers, and embed DeviceTone and Monogoto capabilities, which can be prototyped in days or weeks, including a front-end experience that works on desktops and mobile devices in the field.
"Now, these companies have always-on connectivity not only for the devices at the edge, but for the smartphones and tablets which define the future of connected field service, whether that service is delivered remotely or physically," Ziv said. "On a single, secure network with global access, companies can contract for services with a single provider and world-class SLAs. This was extremely important in our decision to work exclusively with Monogoto, given the needs of our customers and partners. Monogoto makes our relationship with Microsoft Azure even more valuable as every instance in every geography can now be connected over an advanced global network, where every device reports only to its designated cloud instance according to clients' preferences."
In addition to providing cloud service platforms, Microsoft Azure also contributes to the performance, agility and security at the edge and in the cloud.
"We are extremely excited to have been selected by the Cloud of Things team, given their success over the past several years in Israel and Western Europe," Kunik said. "This revolutionary combination has limitless potential and gives innovators a fast, affordable and frictionless way to rapidly prototype, advance, sell and provide on-going services with recurring and growing revenues, liberated from painful, expensive and inflexible legacy IoT frameworks. We are especially excited to bring this to new markets, including North America and Asia as demand continues to grow."
Monogoto is a secure cellular core as-a-service enabling enterprises, manufacturers and IoT start-ups with secure cellular connectivity for IoT and M2M use cases. It provides network survivability and service resiliency, based on multi-network (local and global) coverage. This is combined with a private LTE as-a-service on CBRS or any other band. This allows users to build their own network alongside the possibility of interconnecting to multiple MNOs, all from the same SIM card using the same mobile core.
Offering self-service for cellular connectivity via a web-based management platform, Monogoto provides capabilities mostly available to tier-one operators, such as full control over data, voice and SMS traffic, full visibility and monitoring of all network events, automated event-based alerts, security policy enforcement, and global roaming control. Every functionality in the network can be embedded into existing business processes via its Restful APIs.
Cloud of Things was established in 2016 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Boston, Massachusetts.