Analysts are predicting that the number of IoT devices deployed will grow to reach 50 billion devices by 2020. More IoT devices will be shipped each year than PCs, tablets, cell phones, set-top-boxes and gaming platforms all combined.
This will indeed be a historic opportunity for many industries. But imagine a world, where those 50 billion devices, despite being “connected” are unable to easily understand each other. Imagine a world, where changing a parameter or updating a firmware of those devices is a challenge. Imagine a world where there are no standards for interoperability or security. It would be a nightmare.
This is why remote monitoring, device management and provisioning will be critical aspects needed to support this tremendous opportunity.
This brave new world will require open standards and protocols with reference implementations in order to ensure the interoperability of the IoT devices’ communication and management. Without such key, comprehensive, foundational services, the IoT industry will face a world of fragmentation, with incompatible devices and brittle, isolated solutions unable to easily interact together. Creating a safe, interoperable and manageable IoT world is IoTerop’s goal.
IoTerop’s software stack is based on the new Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standard for the IoT named Lightweight M2M. Indeed, the OMA, a standardization consortium dealing with device management and provisioning technologies, has recently issued a new device management protocol specifically targeting IoT devices: Lightweight Machine to Machine (LWM2M).
LWM2M provides a universal means of communication for IoT devices exchanging data and services. It also enables remote device control and provisioning using standard interfaces especially designed for constrained devices over limited networks.
Our commercial-grade stack is fully operational and can be integrated and tailored to your project needs. Relying on our technology you will be able to more quickly develop powerful, interoperable and standard-compliant IoT solutions. Our flexible business model helps you optimize costs allowing you to focus on your “expertise.”
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Press release October 11th, 2016
Smart cities are at the heart of many IoT opportunities, but also face some of the greatest challenges as efforts and technologies proliferate. Goals such as resource management, improving transportation infrastructure, management budgets are all in the forefront as public actors, technology suppliers and all concerned parties come together to support the efforts to improve the lives of citizens.
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, a unique Smart City living lab
For a few weeks, Montpellier Métropole has been the center of a unique Smart City living lab. While the main objectives are to control its private network, store and manage its own data, the city is working with Synox to deploy IoT infrastructure based on LoRa technology and 100% operated by the city itself.
Deploying the LoRa Network, a communication protocol between objects, in a city is a major technological initiative. LoRa’s technology is going to revolutionize how we do things. In Montpellier Métropole, some of the applications are already operational such as the system of tracking self-service bikes, monitoring traffic or intelligent parking and measuring pollution levels. The city can receive real-time data over services it offers to its citizen.
Interoperability one of the sine qua non condition to Smart City sustainability
More experimentation and analysis of IoT’s uses in Smart Cities needs to be conducted. One of the greatest challenge is to insure that efforts are not restrained by disparate technologies with no links to each other whatsoever. It is key that IoT infrastructure is interoperable, open and flexible to a wide range of sensors and heterogeneous objects while providing a high level of security.
It is impossible to say today how exactly the Smart City will look tomorrow, however we all agree that the possibilities are unlimited. In order to make sure the deployment is sustainable and durable, the technology brought by our partner IoTerop becomes a real asset. Indeed, its technology will help Synox to improve its recovery and ability to retrieve data from heterogeneous sensors spread all over the territory.
Open Mobile Alliance and interoperability with IoTerop
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has put in place a specific standard for Connected Objects called OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M). It is the most pertinent and complete open standard for device and service management, especially designed for constrained devices, over a number of transports and bearers.
The LWM2M technology aims to create solutions for existing connected objects as well as a brand new generation of smarter, interoperable and better secured devices with remote access. In brief, its main characteristics are to:
- Secure data and deployment of connected objects
- Monitor and manage devices remotely (such as: update parameters, firmware, and dynamic change of data report policies …)
- Provide a common language to promote real interoperability, enable device management methods, and promote common data exchange formats for all devices.
IoTerop provides the LWM2M technology which embeds perfectly with Synox innovative solutions. Both technologies combined will bring to life Smart City’s usages within Montpellier Métropole territory.
Interconnected services based on heterogeneous smart objects
Once the infrastructure is deployed and sensors are installed, Synox will work in parallel on integrating a data consolidation platform enabling Montpellier Métropole to visualize data and develop new services for citizens.
Here we are at the very beginning of the Smart City development process for Montpellier Métropole! Nonetheless, a strategy has already been well defined for the development of interconnected in order to improve the everyday life of its citizens.
As an IoT service provider, Synox advises companies and cities in their digital transformation. By simplifying deployment of connected devices projects, based on cellular networks, LoRa and SigFox, Synox provides a range of services to manage, monitor, secure connected devices from end to end and integrates IoT data management platform.
IoTerop is a provider of Interoperability, Security and Device Management software and electronic solutions for IoT. The company is a member of the Open Mobile Alliance and participates actively into the definition of IoT standards and is today a worldwide leader of OMA Lightweight M2M technology.
IoTerop is back from Paris #eNova event, the technology and services Trade Show gathering industry specialists from embedded, electronics, IoT and measurements. A great opportunity for us to meet interesting players and accelerate our business growth.
On September 1st and 2nd, IoTerop participated to the OMA DM Working Group F2F meeting in Paris. The team worked actively in the delivery and evolution of the LWM2M standard with major industry players including: ARM, Nokia, Sierra Wireless, Ericsson, u-blox, Orange, Gemalto and IoTerop. A great way to share our expertise and our vision. Cheers to our Sierra Wireless friends for their great hospitality at this occasion! More to come…