ThingPark Wireless for Cellular IoT

ThingPark Wireless offers a converged IoT platform seamlessly integrating LoRaWAN and Cellular IoT technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M

ThingPark Wireless makes the link between LTE infrastructure and LPWAN IoT applications

ThingPark Wireless provides insertion into existing 3GPP mobile operator core using standard-compliant (S6a, S5/S8, T6a) and provides unified devices and connectivity management for IoT devices. The solution integrates both the Cellular IoT (NB-IoT and LTE-M) and LoRaWAN device and connectivity management and provides a unified interface to IoT subscribers which have both LoRaWAN and 3GPP (NB-IoT / LTE-M) based deployments.

ThingPark Wireless with the EPC connector add-on addresses Network Operators and MVNOs who face the challenge of IoT connectivity fragmentation

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All use cases can not be addressed with one technology

As there is no unique IoT technology capable of covering all vertical use cases, it is necessary for service providers to supply radio agnostic solutions and network infrastructures

No single layer for device management

Various IoT technologies have different device and connectivity requirements. Service providers have no unique interface to provision, bill and manage device configuration and connectivity plans. 

No homogeneous interface to applications

As IoT technologies are fragmented, data exposure is challenging, making integration with business application complex and costly.

Existing 3GPP core network are too expensive for IoT use cases

3GPP core network licenses with traditional HSS/PGW/PCRF/PCEF and their integration with OSS/BSS modules are tailored for human-centric traffic and not adapted for small packet IoT use cases where per-device ARPU is 5-10x less compared to traditional M2M

The Actility radio agnostic IoT management solution combines the ThingPark Wireless LoRaWAN network server with a custom-developed EPC Connector solution that provides insertion into existing 3GPP mobile operator core using standard-compliant interfaces (S6a, S5/S8, T6a) and provides unified device and connectivity management for IoT devices.

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The key feature allows operators or MVNOs to capture the use cases in both licensed and unlicensed wide-area spectrum, in a simple and cost-efficient way

Communication

Billing & Policy Enforcement

Device and connectivity management

  • ThingPark Wireless provides a unified interface to IoT subscribers which have both LoRaWAN and 3GPP (NB-IoT / LTE-M) based deployments
  • Dedicated PGW, PCRF, PCEF and HSS designed specifically for IoT use cases
  • Management of both message mode for small packets (NIDD) and UDP or direct IO for cellular IoT
  • Power saving features for small messages over UDP connection when connecting to cloud platform
  • Scalable infrastructure
  • High Availability through server and database redundancy
  • Disaster recovery mechanisms
  • Can work both on physical servers or on virtual machines
  • End-to-end security with Hardware Security Module (HSM) for both 3GPP and LoRaWAN key management
  • Unified data records, traffic enforcement, traffic management seamlessly between LoRaWAN and Cellular devices to give a consistent experience for device and connectivity management to IoT subscribers.
  • Billing system optimized for different traffic types (volume based / subscriber based...) and different message modes
  • Flexible traffic policy enforcement and rating to fit all use cases and to maintain SLAs for human-centric, mission critical and premium IoT applications
  • APIs for third-party OSS and BSS integration
  • Integrates seamlessly with ThingPark X, allowing a unified data management framework with connectivity towards apps and cloud platforms (for ex. Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix and Amazon AWS).
  • Unique device provisioning and connectivity management interface through an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Seamless integration with ThingPark Marketplace and Click&Go for E2E solutions deployment and bootstrapping IoT ecosystem
  • Seamless integration with ThingPark developer portal for E2E testing of IoT devices
  • Seamless integration with ThingPark Activation to manage device lifecycle for IoT devices
  • Subscription and fleet management for grouped devices
  • Routing profiles for different message modes for easy application data routing
  • Joint packet logging to visualise all packets through the network
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Why should you choose the Actility ThingPark Wireless radio-agnostic IoT platform ?

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Enabling 3GPP sensors which are both IP and non-IP based

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Reduced TCO and debugging features in ThingParkWireless for message mode (LTE traffic)

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Policy enforcement for not just per-device but also for fleet/group of devices

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Charging features specific to IoT for both per-device and fleet/group of devices

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Improved security of keys storage in HSS using Hardware Security Module (HSM)

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Horizontal platform that can be smoothly integrated with different subscribers / applications.

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OSS/BSS APIs for integration with integration with legacy operator equipment or 3rd party platform

Want to learn more ?

How well does LoRaWAN and cellular IoT complement each other ?

This technical webinar co-presented by Actility and Orange gives an overview of the reasons and criteria for choosing LPWAN and 3GPP technologies according to the to the use case. To cover all IoT use cases, operators need to combine LoRaWAN and LTE-M. Discover how in the video !