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Hewlett Packard aims to remove barriers for mass adoption of IoT

Steve Rogerson
December 1, 2016
 
At this week’s Hewlett Packard Discover event in London, HPE Aruba announced the company’s strategy for IoT connectivity, as well as products to help enterprises identify, profile and secure a new generation of IoT devices.
 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the innovations to help organisations rapidly, securely and cost-effectively deploy IoT devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial deployments. Products include a mobile virtual network enabler, universal IoT platform, Aruba ClearPass universal profiler and Aruba 2540 switches.
 
“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 of California-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “By approaching the IoT with innovations to expand our comprehensive framework built on edge infrastructure, 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.”
 
As organisations integrate the IoT into mainstream operations, the onboarding and management of IoT devices remain costly and inefficient particularly at large scale. Concurrently, the diverse variations of IoT connectivity, protocols and security prevent organisations from easily aggregating data across a heterogeneous fabric of connected things.
 
To deliver on the IoT’s promise of deriving valuable insights from billions of connected things, HPE is helping organisations optimise the lifecycle of IoT devices. By reducing IoT connectivity costs and translating device communications to a common language, the company says it is arming organisations with tools to change the economics and viability of large-scale IoT deployments.
 
To improve the economies of scale for massive IoT deployments over wide area networks, HPE is announcing the mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) and enhancements to its universal IoT platform.
 
The MVNE gives users more control over IoT devices that need cellular connectivity and services. It could foster the emergence of specialised IoT mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that resell IoT connectivity directly to customers at price points optimised for large-scale M2M and IoT deployments. MVNE provisioning, configuration, administration and billing services – paired with wide area mobile network operator coverage – change the economics of large-scale deployments by reducing IoT provisioning costs by up to 80 per cent, says HPE.
 
Designed for massive scale, multi-vendor and multi-network support using the OneM2M interoperability standard, the universal IoT platform manages the MVNE devices and provides multivendor IoT monitoring, reporting and analytics services with carrier-grade reliability and scale.
 
“The OneM2M standards are focused on bringing the vision of a truly connected society to life through the development of technical specifications that address the need for a common M2M service layer that drives interoperability,” said Fran O’Brien, steering committee chair at OneM2M. “OneM2M recognises the work of companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise for its achievement in launching a OneM2M compliant IoT platform that solves a myriad of industry use cases such as smart city, smart transportation and connected car.”
 
The platform supports long-range, low-power connectivity deployments such as LoRa and Sigfox, as well as devices that use cellular, radio, wifi and Bluetooth.
 
The latest enhancements include:

  • Lightweight M2M standards support: Delivers plug-and-play interoperability between IoT devices and universal IoT services.
  • Expanded device management: Allows management of 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 realised 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. We are extremely excited about this prospect.”
 
To deliver visibility and secure connectivity for large scale IoT deployments at the enterprise network edge, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard subsidiary, announced the ClearPass universal profiler and 2540 series switches. These identify and inventory all IoT devices as they connect to the network, and drive down the per-port cost of wired IoT connectivity.
 
The profiler automatically identifies the attributes of IoT devices as they attempt to connect to the network. This enables IT managers to catalogue which IoT devices are on wired and wireless networks and assign the appropriate policies to each one. It provides visibility and context regarding risk and performance issues derived via IoT devices.
 
The switches further protect IoT devices with unified role-based access. This identifies and assigns roles to IoT devices as they connect, prioritising business-critical applications and controlling which network resources the devices can access. The switches are optimised for small-to-medium density IoT enterprise edge deployments.
 
Technology ecosystem partners are critical ingredients driving innovation for IoT. The latest application technology partners are said to fuel the HPE Edgeline converged edge systems to solve a variety of customer problems and deliver new capabilities. HPE announced multiple products and use cases with an ecosystem of partners that will enable IoT opportunities.
 
For example, in collaboration with PTC and National Instruments, an Edgeline offering enables early warning of potential failures, allowing maintenance techs to correct an issue before it becomes a major problem.
 
And developed with OSIsoft, an Edgeline system is designed for storing, managing and accessing time series data that are readily present in the operational technology and IoT world.
 
“We have selected HPE as a key partner in realising the government of India’s smart cities mission,” said Anand Agarwal, CEO of Sterlite Technologies. “As a strategic partner for IoT, HPE will co-develop smart city use cases on smart metering, water and waste management, and smart parking and lighting, among other technologies. These will be our showcase for Indian urban and rural bodies. Our partnership with HPE demonstrates that collaboration and joint innovation can drive increasing value for all stakeholders of smart cities, enabling a transformative change in the everyday living experiences of its citizens. By combining our technology and services’ strength, we will offer a world-leading solution to the smart cities of India.”