Connecting vehicles deployed internationally can require automotive OEMs to work with local network operators for regulatory reasons, depending on the country. Since permanent roaming is not permitted in every country, local network providers must be integrated into the solution.
The T IoT Hub provides an orchestrated view and allows the control of SIMs from different network providers. This means that vehicles can all be managed on one platform, regardless of the country of use.
Utility providers which roll out smart meters in large numbers need a fully automated workflow to activate a large set of SIMs at the time of delivery and to monitor their status. They also need to constantly keep track of data consumption and performance, even across multiple subsidiaries. This is made possible by the T IoT Hub.
With the T IoT Hub, different solutions can be united on one platform using an API and all devices can be controlled independently of the manufacturer.
Critical infrastructures, such as wind farms, must be connected to the mobile network at all times. This is the only way to detect irregularities in a timely manner. Operators therefore need real-time visibility into whether SIM cards are online or offline – regardless of the SIM provider.
With the T IoT Hub, operators of critical infrastructure can view the status of their SIM across providers in real-time.
The Connection Management Orchestrator API (CMO API) can retrieve usage and tariff data from connectivity platforms operated by mobile network providers. For example, it enables an overview of the SIM card usage data of all IoT devices in a company, even if they are provided by different mobile network operators. These functions are offered by the API:
- Search and Retrieve Connectivity Products
- Retrieve Connectivity Product Details
- Retrieve Connectivity Product Consumption
- Change SIM Card Product Status
- Update Connectivity Product Characteristic
- Manage Custom Attributes
Device Management Orchestrator API (DMO API) is an interoperability layer for integration of different devices, applications, and platforms that provides core functionalities. These functions are provided by the API:
- Device control
- Device provisioning
- Synchronization of device data
- Flexible search and retrieval
- Subscriptions and notifications
- Device data management
- Application data management
IoT projects can become complex due to the need to integrate and manage multiple different types of platforms from multiple vendors. These platforms may use different technologies and standards, which can make it challenging to ensure that they all work together seamlessly.
For example, an IoT project may require the use of a connectivity management platform to provide network access and connectivity for all devices in the system, as well as a device management platform to manage and control them. These platforms may be provided by different vendors and may use different technologies and standards. This can make it difficult to ensure that they are able to work together effectively and can add complexity to the overall project.
In addition, different IoT devices and sensors may use different communication protocols and standards, which can also add another layer of complexity. Ensuring that all of the different devices and sensors are able to communicate and share data effectively can require additional time and effort as well as the use of gateway devices or other technologies to bridge the different communication protocols and standards.
T IoT Hub is designed to help overcome many of the challenges that can arise when using these types of platforms. The T IoT Hub provides a range of tools and services that can help you manage your IoT devices and connectivity, including:
- Orchestrating IoT connectivity, device management, and application enablement: T IoT Hub can bridge a wide range of IoT connectivity, device management, and application enablement platforms, suitable for both cellular and non-cellular devices, so you can be confident that it will work with the devices you are using.
- User-friendly interface: The T IoT Hub interface makes it easy to manage your IoT devices and connectivity, even if you are new to IoT or connectivity management.
- Unified APIs for integration with other systems: T IoT Hub provides APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow you to easily integrate the platform with other systems or applications, such as your existing device management or data analytics systems.
- Security: T IoT Hub includes robust security features to protect against unauthorized access or attacks, including encryption, authentication, and access controls.
Connectivity management involves managing connections between devices, while device management entails maintaining and updating each device in the system.
Connectivity management and device management are important in IoT because they help ensure that the devices in an IoT system can communicate effectively with each other and with the broader network. These two areas are critical for ensuring that an IoT system functions properly and can deliver the benefits it is designed to provide.
Mobile network operators frequently offer connectivity for IoT devices using their existing mobile networks. Connectivity management platforms provide the tools and services needed to manage and maintain these connections in a large-scale IoT network. They are an important part of any IoT system and can help ensure that the networked devices are able to communicate effectively and deliver the benefits they are designed to provide.
Connectivity management platforms offer SIM management functions that are designed to provide the tools and services needed to control and maintain a large number of SIM cards and IoT devices connected to a mobile network.
These platforms typically have several functions, including:
- Providing network access and connectivity for IoT devices: Connectivity management platforms manage the SIM cards, embedded eSIM and nuSIM modules that give IoT devices access to mobile networks.
- Monitoring and managing network performance: Monitor the performance of your network, including metrics such as signal strength, data usage, and network availability.
- Activating and provisioning SIMs: Ensure that SIMs for IoT devices are ready to connect to the network when they are deployed.
- Managing SIM data usage: Track how much data each device is using and set limits as needed.
- Updating SIM settings: Remotely updating the settings on SIMs, such as the APN (Access Point Name) or authentication credentials.
- Monitoring SIM status: Provide near real-time visibility into the status of SIMs, including information on network availability, signal strength, and any errors or issues that may be affecting connectivity.
There are many different vendors that offer connectivity management platforms for IoT, and their platforms are not always compatible with each other. This means that if you are using multiple vendors’ platforms, you may need to spend additional time and effort ensuring that the platforms are able to work together seamlessly. In this case, T IoT Hub helps connect the platforms with little effort.
Connectivity management platforms are typically accessed through a web-based user interface. Typically, they also offer APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). This can provide additional flexibility and functionality, such as the ability to automate certain tasks or integrate the platform with your existing management systems.
IoT device management platforms provide the tools and services needed to manage and maintain the individual devices in an IoT system. This can help ensure that the devices are able to deliver the benefits they are designed to provide, and that the entire system functions properly.
- Activating and provisioning devices: Ensure that new devices are ready to connect to the network and start transmitting data when they are deployed.
- Monitoring device status and performance: Provide real-time visibility into the status and performance of the devices in the system, allowing you to monitor metrics such as signal strength, data usage, and battery life.
- Updating and controlling devices: Many IoT device management platforms provide tools to remotely update and control the devices in the system. This can include features like over-the-air software updates, remote device reset, and the ability to configure device settings.
- Security and authentication: Connectivity management platforms often include security features to protect against unauthorized device access. This can include features like encryption, authentication, and access controls.
IoT application enablement platforms contain tools and services to help developers create, test, and deploy IoT applications. In addition to the features and capabilities offered by IoT device management platforms, IoT application enablement platforms typically offer:
- Development tools and frameworks: Simplify creating and testing IoT applications. This can include things like pre-built components, libraries, and APIs that can be used to speed up the development process.
- Analytics and data management: Tools for managing and analyzing the data generated by IoT devices and applications. This can include features like data storage, backup, and archiving, as well as tools for visualizing and analyzing the data.
- Integration with other systems: Tools and services for integrating the platform with other systems or applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) or customer relationship management (CRM) systems. This can help ensure that the platform works seamlessly with other systems in your organization.