Simplifying, Improving, and Enhancing IoT

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By Harriet Sumnall | 4Q 2019 | IN-5655

Mixing and matching Internet of Things (IoT) platforms can be confusing, but an all-in-one platform that enables different value-added services and flexible connectivity may prevent this. KORE is keen to simplify how IoT systems and networks of connected devices are architected through its new platform with the addition of security and connectivity services to enable further control for the customer.

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New Platform and Capabilities

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Kore has introduced a new platform named KORE One and, alongside it, two new services: Security Pro and Connectivity Pro. It is ABI Research’s opinion that the KORE One platform is robust, offering an open and modular Application Programming Interface (API)-based platform that provides seamless connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The platform enables organizations to host their existing applications and gives them the ability to quickly integrate new ones. Meanwhile, Security Pro offers a network diagnostic and troubleshooting tool for monitoring and securing IoT connections at the device level, and Connectivity Pro offers manageability of complicated network connections.

The two new microservices offered alongside the new platform enable organizations to have better control over all IoT deployments and devices.

Security Pro enables users to set rule-based alerts and notifications, gain visibility about unplanned device behavior, and act more quickly, and therefore resolve any issues with greater success. The service reduces data overages and billing costs by keeping all connections under one provider, which limits the number of service fees that must be paid. In terms of security, it offers the ability to quickly identify security breaches and mitigate risks, addressing vulnerabilities before they become an expensive problem.

Connectivity Pro allows users to manage and monitor their IoT network connectivity across multiple wireless carriers and satellite service providers. The streamlined manner of the platform supports the automation of connectivity management activities. Real-time diagnostics, reporting, support, and billing are all included, enabling the active management of solution components in a manner that is intended to simplify IoT service deployments.

One Platform for All

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The KORE One Platform is designed to offer the seamless integration of additional IoT solutions and services to the platform, meaning that costly provisioning errors can be eliminated, thereby decreasing the overall cost of ownership of an IoT system for the customer.

The KORE One Platform offers seamless integrations of devices and solutions, meaning costly provisioning errors can be eliminated, and decreases the overall cost of ownership. The platform has been designed to offer microservices, which are integrated within the architectures of the platform, alongside the main platform itself.

The new platform can be used for harnessing all levels of data, including sensor data, meta data, and usage data, due to its extensive data management. This means that the platform can supply customers with valuable analytics as well as efficient data collection. The platform has been used to transfer over 11 million connections that KORE is currently in charge of and the company wishes to expand these as the use of technology becomes more pronounced.

The new platform enables total flexibility, allowing for out-of-the-box connectivity, including pre-provisioned Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs), embedded SIMs and Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (eSIMs/eUICCs), and even unlicensed options. This does not limit organizations to requiring one specific form of solution if they want it to be integrated to the platform due to its flexibility.

Open, Modular, and Scalable

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The three key differentiators that KORE seeks to promote with its KORE One platform are that it is open, modular, and scalable. There is no need for users to modify source codes due to its open API access, which allows for external support and application enablement. The modular microservice architecture enables a simple approach to creating new solutions and services through the rapid integration of desired services. The flexible capability provides room for the platform to grow to be able to manage and meet what is suspected to be an increasing demand. Organizations require value for money while still receiving the highest standard of quality; a key goal for organizations is to save money wherever possible, although lowering the cost of ownership would be the most significant. The proposed scalability of the new platform will enable the ability to have thousands of connections in one place, minimizing the need for further software services in order to run a seamless operation.

For many, security is a significant priority, which is why it is important that platform developers and providers ensure that security is something they offer with their services. Having a simple service that offers security options that are easy to understand will be efficient enough. Providers are also encouraged to offer a user-friendly service, which includes an update procedure that can take place Over-the-Air (OTA) to allow the ideal outcome: seamless and automatic updates.

A simple additional service alongside the platform will suffice, however it is advised that KORE does not add several different services that are unnecessary; unnecessary and complicated services will inevitably drive away usership as un-savvy users will not understand the services offered. Though more complicated services will definitely be offered, they should be presented in a way that is not flaunted to the user, so that those with advanced knowledge can not install fear into those with a lesser understanding.

 

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