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Telit and Wind River collaborate on Helix Device Cloud

Steve Rogerson
October 5, 2017

Telit is collaborating with Intel subsidiary Wind River to accelerate industrial IoT (IIoT) adoption, the companies announced at this week’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. And Intel announced Intel Secure Device Onboard (SDO) that securely automates and brings IoT devices online within seconds rather than hours.
Intel SDO is being offered to IoT platform providers as a service it can provide to customers that wish to on-board thousands of connected devices. Intel SDO has been integrated with Helix Device Cloud to add zero touch on-boarding designed to mitigate the risk of security attacks to a device.
Through the relationship with Telit, Wind River says it is reducing the complexities of IoT device management, helping companies quickly and securely realise the full benefits of the IIoT.
Wind River is using Telit's IoT platform technology for its device management platform. The latest release of Wind River Helix Device Cloud is making it easier for companies to capture data on-premise or in the cloud, providing enhanced system analytics and remote device management. By allowing users to aggregate and perform computing tasks, Device Cloud helps perform informed business intelligence to protect investments, use infrastructure, improve processes and generate new revenue streams.
Wind River's edge to cloud portfolio continues to evolve, empowering a wide variety of IoT use cases across critical infrastructure market segments including aerospace, defence, industrial, medical, networking and transportation.
Telit’s DeviceWise platform offers a set of connectivity management, device management, data management, edge, cloud and enterprise ready-to-use connectors and services that reduce the risk and time to market of connecting things to apps by collecting, managing and analysing critical device data.
Among other features and capabilities, the latest release of the Helix Device Cloud is integrated with Intel SDO to offer zero touch on-boarding, designed to mitigate the risk of security attacks to a device, ensure privacy, and deliver automation that reduces installation and on-boarding time to seconds.
Industrial IoT can only generate value if connected devices are actively monitored and managed. To ensure these devices are secure, operational and performing at the highest possible level, device management should be designed in as part of an IoT system architecture from the start, as it is a key enabler and critically important component in IoT deployments.
Many of these devices have been in service for a long time, and were not designed to support IoT, so connecting these legacy devices will present new attack surfaces that compromise a company’s security and privacy. With that in mind, Wind River introduced the latest version of the secure device lifecycle management platform with the following capabilities:

  • Enhanced security: Zero-touch on-boarding for instantly-connected, manageable, hardened devices with Intel technology;
  • Enhanced device management capabilities: Remote monitoring, software and firmware over-the-air updates, alerts, rules, update campaigns, data management, and monitoring leveraging IoT technology from Telit;
  • Flexible deployment options: Support for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments, as well as expanded regional public cloud hosting options;
  • Broad OS support: Ease of connecting devices using a new Python agent that simplifies managing a large range of intelligent gateways and devices running different operating systems; and
  • Expanded set of APIs: These simplify contextualising device data and device applications with business processes and business systems.
"Telit and Wind River see an addressable opportunity of millions of connections on the platform in the coming years, and through this collaboration Wind River will be able to offer a ready-built platform for developing and deploying device-to-cloud IoT solutions allowing customers to digitally transform their businesses," said Yosi Fait, interim CEO at Telit. "Partnerships are the oxygen of the IoT and we believe this is the beginning of a successful relationship. We look forward to working together on future solutions and strategic initiatives."
By combining Device Cloud with Intel SDO, device manufacturers have the pre-built tools necessary for automated device on-boarding, management, connectivity and security at scale. This includes zero touch on-boarding, designed to mitigate the risk of security attacks to a device, ensure privacy, and deliver automation that reduces installation and on-boarding time to seconds.
With Device Cloud, companies are capturing significant value and generating RoI from their investment in IoT. For example, Weatherford, an oil and gas services company, was part of the Intel SDO pilot programme. The company sought to harness data from existing artificial-lift system controllers and new wireless sensors through a gateway to the cloud, to drive oil and gas production insights. By adopting Device Cloud and Intel SDO, Weatherford will be able to create a secure, scalable oilfield ecosystem from zero-touch on-boarding to continual gateway management. This could on-board and manage an installed base of 290,000 wells representing 870,000 sensor data points, which equates to tens of thousands of gateways globally.
Parkeon, an urban mobility technology provider, is using the latest version of Device Cloud to manage intelligent, connected street kiosks. The company selected Device Cloud so it could deliver in less time, at a lower cost and with less project risk than developing in-house; and, along with spending less money, Parkeon was able to save six months to a year in time to market. Additionally, opening to the full realm of the IoT and being responsible to potentially millions of users by hosting services beyond parking, Parkeon was particularly concerned about cyber security, so it was important for it to choose such a platform with built-in security.
"Wind River's collaboration with Telit will accelerate the delivery of IIoT to the global market, a testament to the true value of the ecosystem," said Keith Shea, general manager of Helix IoT at Wind River. "Together, we are addressing the industry needs of our customers who know IoT solutions are no longer optional, but required to increase the competitiveness of their products and services."
Telit is expanding its xL865 family of compact modules to include an LTE Cat NB1 series. The QFN module family can now offer LPWA NB-IoT connectivity compatible with existing 2G and 3G models.