Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled a swathe of new products today (30 November 2016) aimed at helping organisations overcome some of the challenges inhibiting the mass of adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial deployments. These solutions include:
• HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler
• HPE Universal IoT Platform
• Aruba ClearPass Universal Profiler
• Aruba 2540 Series Switches
• Edgeline Systems expand partnerships in edge computing and integrated control.
“Cost-prohibitive economics and the lack of a holistic solution are key barriers for mass adoption of IoT,” said Keerti Melkote, senior vice president and general manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
“By approaching IoT with innovations to expand our comprehensive framework built on edge infrastructure solutions, software platforms and technology ecosystem partners, HPE is addressing the cost, complexity and security concerns of organisations looking to enable a new class of services that will transform workplace and operational experiences.”
HPE’s view is that as organisations integrate IoT into mainstream operations, they are finding that the on-boarding and management of IoT devices remains costly and inefficient particularly when it comes to scaling up deployments.
At the same time, the relatively large number of IoT connectivity, protocols and security offerings, prevent organisations from easily aggregating data across a heterogeneous fabric of connected things.
HPE’s latest solutions are aimed at helping organisation to deliver on IoT’s promise of deriving valuable insights from billions of connected things. By reducing IoT connectivity costs and translating device communications to a common language, HPE said it is ‘arming organisations with tools to dramatically change the economics and viability of large scale IoT deployments’.
Improved IoT economics in wide area IoT deployments
To improve the economies of scale for massive IoT deployments over wide area networks, HPE is announcing the new HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) and enhancements to the HPE Universal IoT (UIoT) Platform.
HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler: The new HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler gives customers greater control over IoT devices that need cellular connectivity and services. It will foster the emergence of new, specialised IoT mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that resell IoT connectivity directly to customers at price points optimised for large scale machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT deployments.
HPE MVNE provisioning, configuration, administration and billing services: This is paired with wide area mobile network operator coverage to change the economics of large-scale deployments by reducing IoT provisioning costs by up to 80%.
HPE Universal IoT Platform: Designed for massive scale, multi-vendor and multi-network support using the oneM2M interoperability standard, the HPE Universal IoT Platform manages the HPE MVNE devices and provides multivendor IoT monitoring, reporting, and analytics services with carrier-grade reliability and scale.
The platform supports long-range, low-power connectivity deployments such as LoRa and SIGFOX, as well as devices that use cellular, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
New enhancements include:
• Lightweight M2M standards support – delivers plug-and-play interoperability between IoT devices and UIoT services.
• Expanded device management – allows management of both SIM and non-SIM based devices across different systems, devices, and applications.
• Increased LoRa gateway support – enables the use of multiple LoRa gateways with a common set of applications to simplify device provisioning and control in heterogeneous LoRa environments.
“For the full benefit of IoT to be realized by commercial interests and consumers alike, IoT sensor networks need to be deployable anywhere, reaching the most remote places on Earth,” said Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat’s Enterprise business.
“The combination of Inmarsat’s industry-leading, global satellite network and HPE’s cloud-based Universal IoT Platform, allows enterprises to do exactly that. Our first project together in Precision Farming promises not only to create a new model for best practices in agriculture but is also an ideal go-to-market model of what our companies will be able to do across many other industries.”
IoT device security in local area networks
To deliver visibility and secure connectivity for large scale IoT deployments at the enterprise network edge, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced the Aruba ClearPass Universal Profiler and the Aruba 2540 Series Switches. These new solutions identify and inventory all IoT devices as they connect to the network, and drive down the per-port cost of wired IoT connectivity.
The new ClearPass Universal Profiler automatically identifies the attributes of IoT devices as they attempt to connect to the network. This enables IT managers to catalogue what IoT devices are on wired and wireless networks and assign the appropriate policies to each one. The Universal Profiler provides visibility and context regarding risk and performance issues derived via IoT devices.
The Aruba 2540 Series Switches further protect IoT devices with unified role-based access. This feature identifies and assigns roles to IoT devices as they connect, prioritising business-critical applications and controlling which network resources the devices can access. The 2540 Series Switches are optimised for small-to-medium density IoT enterprise edge deployments.
Delivering edge focused innovation for Industrial IoT deployments
Technology ecosystem partners are critical ingredients driving innovation for IoT. New application technology partners fuel the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems to solve a variety of customer pain points and deliver new capabilities.
HPE is announcing multiple solutions and uses cases with an ecosystem of partners that will enable new IoT opportunities, including:
• Factory asset anomaly detection and remediation: in collaboration with PTC and National Instruments, this Edgeline Systems offering enables early warning of potential failures, allowing maintenance techs to correct an issue before it becomes a major problem.
• Data management at the edge: developed with OSIsoft, this Edgeline Systems solution is designed for storing, managing and accessing time series data that is readily present in the operational technology and IoT world.