Ayla Networks, whose Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS) delivers industry-leading device management and application enablement, has made its first official foray into the low-power cellular IoT market, the company said.
Sunsea Telecommunications, Ayla´s joint-venture partner, has introduced a new cellular IoT module series that will ship with the Ayla IoT device agent pre-installed. The new Sunsea cellular IoT cloud modules are being manufactured by SIMCom Wireless Solutions and Longsung, subsidiaries of Sunsea that together account for a significant share of the worldwide cellular IoT market.
The Sunsea modules, which support narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) and 4G and 2G cellular networks, will provide the first out-of-the-box cellular connectivity, device management and application enablement–from the end device at the edge to the cloud–for cellular IoT solutions. By using these cellular IoT modules running the Ayla agent, telecommunications service providers, mobile network operators (MNOs) and manufacturers of connected products can more quickly and easily develop and deploy IoT solutions that use cellular communications.
Currently, IoT solutions generally rely on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other short-range wireless communications protocols. These methods present significant challenges for IoT solutions that must communicate across longer distances, such as for agriculture, energy and other outdoor applications.
Cellular network coverage has the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90 percent of the world´s population. But cellular networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people, not IoT ´things.´ Favoring performance for voice and multimedia applications, they are typically not optimized for low-power or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with small amounts of infrequently transmitted data.
Ayla Networks, a provider of digital twinning, device management and application enablement for the Internet of Things (IoT), enables the world´s largest companies to connect and ingest data from nearly any sensor, system and cloud. By leveraging Ayla´s Agile IoTâ¢ platform, customers are able to quickly productize future-proofed, connected products, while making device data usable for ongoing analytic insights and support for advanced business applications. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.