Truphone announces that in collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (Sony), a leading Cellular IoT chipset provider, and Kigen, a global security leader, Truphone has successfully enabled its IoT platform and global connectivity to run on the integrated SIM of Sony’s Altair cellular IoT chipsets, powered by Kigen iSIM OS. This milestone will see Truphone significantly expand the reach of its industry-leading IoT connectivity solutions, providing global out-of-the-box connectivity to Sony’s Altair cellular IoT chipsets that will enable massive IoT deployment.
Truphone’s leading industry IoT platform and global connectivity are now integrated with Sony’s Altair cellular IoT chipsets. The chipsets currently connect millions of devices, including wearables, vehicle telematics, logistic trackers, home appliances, consumer electronics, and smart utility meters using the integrated SIM technology hardware. This connectivity is securely integrated in Sony’s Altair chipsets and the low footprint of Kigen’s highly portable iSIM OS software.
This new solution creates a new paradigm for connecting IoT devices at scale with a completely pre-integrated, secure connectivity solution. It paves the way for new ideas and solutions that were never possible before, due to the cost and complexity of distributing SIMs and negotiating with different network operators around the world.
The collaboration represents another significant milestone in Truphone’s growth in connecting millions of people and devices globally.
Truphone has been recognized as a leading provider of end-to-end cellular IoT solutions with a platform that works at the highest levels of digitization. The first chipsets to obtain Truphone’s connectivity solution are Sony’s Altair CAT-M/NB ALT1250 and NB-only ALT1255 cellular IoT chipsets, which are the smallest and most feature-rich solutions in the industry.
Truphone’s unique multi-IMSI SIM provides Sony Altair’s cellular IoT chipsets with access to Truphone’s growing global footprint for low power wireless access.
Ralph Steffens, CEO at Truphone said: “This collaboration demonstrates Truphone’s strength and leadership in enabling connectivity for IoT. This merging of technologies will create powerful, scalable IoT deployments. We’re thrilled to be joining Sony and Kigen in bringing seamless connectivity to a breadth of industries—from vehicles to wearables and everything in-between.”
Aviv Castro, VP Business Development at Sony Semiconductor Israel, said: “Sony is playing a crucial role in the evolution of connected devices, and collaborating with Truphone via our integrated SIM enables global connectivity without roaming, which is absolutely vital for large-scale IoT applications. In addition, Truphone provides unique, affordable business models for connectivity, which further encourages the adoption of IoT”.
Vincent Korstanje, CEO at Kigen said: “Enabling a new model of partnerships for simpler and wider adoption of secure, cellular IoT has been a driver for Kigen that led the vision for the iSIM. This collaboration with Truphone and Sony will simplify and accelerate the journey for OEMs and enterprises for new battery-efficient devices with straightforward, global out-of-the-box connectivity.”
Device management is an important issue that any IoT solution provider needs to address. The engineers have to make the right decisions when designing, implementing, and testing the device. The most important, perhaps, is whether to use tested and approved existing solutions or to do things by themselves from scratch. There are many approved, mature solutions that can make the device design process efficient, and the Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) protocol is one of those. With ready-to-use components provided by the LwM2M protocol, device designers can quickly switch their focus to creating functionalities that give material business value to their customers without having to spend time on building device management functionalities themselves.
Engineers can be quite skeptical of ready-to-use solutions, and they are often not their first choice. To challenge that mindset and convince them of the usability of the LwM2M protocol, we demonstrate the deep integration of Anjay LwM2M SDK and Coiote IoT Device Management platform, the two leading LwM2M device management solutions, with the ST development environment.
Watch this webinar to learn more about what we provide:
Integration of Anjay LwM2M SDK with CubeMX to quickly get the skeleton of an IoT application inside the ST development environment;
Ready-made open-source sample applications of Anjay LwM2M SDK on popular ST discovery boards;
Seamless integration for device-to-cloud communication with IoT services from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Integration of Anjay LwM2M SDK with security components provided by ST in order to meet high security standards;
Access to the Coiote IoT Device Management testing platform in which you can perform rapid integration testing to see how your IoT application works with our cloud infrastructure;
Technological advances have had a dramatic impact on the way the world operates. All those miles of copper cables and telephone wires have given us the ability to chat to each other over landlines for generations, but not for much longer. Still, one of the biggest shake-ups on the horizon is the total switch-off of the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) in 2025.
Farewell to Analog Technology
Analog network technology is too expensive and difficult to maintain, and beyond that, it’s simply incompatible with the varied demands of modern communications. The future is in digital communication, with calls using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) being routed over fiber-optic lines, cellular connectivity such as 4G, or even increasingly using low power wide area networks (LPWAN).
The problem, however, is that this change doesn’t just impact traditional landlines making voice calls. Many non-voice services currently use the PSTN network, such as faxes, alarms, door entry, and elevators. A new, secure, reliable, and easily installed solution is needed for all of these adjacent technologies. With the switch-off date, looming companies need to take action now. What some might see as a logistical headache is an opportunity for companies to move from the currently fundamental technology to a far more efficient and reliable solution with enhanced performance.
Which Sectors are Going to be Most Affected by the PSTN Switch Off?
PSTN plays a crucial role in the utility sector and particularly the water industry by connecting remote outstations, communicating telemetry data, and providing monitoring systems. Water companies are now identifying which solution providers can deliver the best value and innovative solutions for their future site communication needs. Switching away from PSTN requires a significant capital investment. They understandably want to maximize their return by gaining new capabilities such as detailed analytics through cloud applications while meeting their future regulatory objectives.
The legislation mandates that every lift in the U.K. and Europe has to have some form of emergency communications line in the elevator industry. Historically these S.O.S. voice calls were made via cables connected to the PSTN, but any lift systems still using this legacy technology must deploy an alternative communication method by 2025.
Cellular Connectivity is the Best Solution
Cellular connectivity is the simplest, easiest, and fastest solution to deploy to these elevators, offering reliable, always-on connectivity for emergency communication from the lifts 24/7 through roaming or dual SIM solutions.
Companies are also more commonly installing CCTV cameras in their lifts to monitor real-time events such as medical emergencies or assaults. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), companies can access two-way data transmissions directly through an encrypted 4G connection for secure remote monitoring, an added benefit of the change.
The infrastructure can also be monitored and maintained over the network even in remote locations, reducing the number of on-site lift maintenance checks and saving money on expensive engineers, equipment, and transport.
One Step Further with LTE-M Rollout
In the future, emerging cellular technologies like LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) have the potential to provide superior penetration into buildings, supporting low-data applications and optimizing deployment and ongoing costs.
Cellular connectivity certainly feels like a suitable replacement for PSTN connections, and this was the recommendation of the Lift and Escalator Industry Association in their press release from November 2019, which discussed the benefits of using GSM mobile networks.
Before proceeding with the switch over, solutions providers must make sure that they choose the best connectivity partner for the job. They need experts who can quickly and easily deploy this technology at scale. To manage thousands of lifts internationally, they must feel confident that their new solution will connect seamlessly to multiple mobile networks and that those connections will be secure, reliable, and easily managed through one integrated platform.
Precision Agriculture is the leading-edge IoT application for farmers, and the most extensive farming areas in the U.S. are sprinting to the front of the pack.
Precision agriculture is a farming management method used to describe farming that uses IoT technologies like satellite farming or site-specific crop management to observe, measure, and respond to changes in crop conditions in real-time. This presents apparent benefits to farmers because it can help them avoid the worst outcomes of overwatering, dry periods, and even pest infestations while preserving land viability and improving profits. In addition, these tools can allow farmers and ranchers to reduce environmental footprints, lower costs, and improve productivity.
Several U.S. states with considerable investments in agriculture are setting out plans to encourage precision agriculture deployments. Let’s take a look at two in particular: North Dakota and Nebraska.
South Dakota State University (SDSU) recently opened its Raven Precision Agriculture Center, with a grand opening ceremony for the 122,694-square-foot facility and a celebratory Precision Agriculture Bowl football game on September 11.
In a statement to the Brookings Register, John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, said, “We appreciate the support of the many South Dakota stakeholders who helped to make this new hub of teaching, research, and outreach possible. The new Raven Precision Agriculture Center features spaces to house modern precision farm equipment, 15 teaching labs, 12 research labs, and 22 collaborative spaces. Scientists from various departments and agricultural industry partners can collaborate in research, education, and outreach activities.”
SDSU was the first land-grant university to offer both a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture, the minor in 2015 and the major began in 2016. Since then, the program has graduated 36 students with a degree in Precision Agriculture. There are 82 current students enrolled in the major, and 57 are pursuing the minor for the Fall 2021 semester.
The new learning center, which costs $46.1 million, is hosting about 500 students that are studying agricultural and biosystems engineering, agricultural systems technology, agronomy, and agricultural science.
Just to the south, neighboring state Nebraska is also making moves, but at the national level. Nebraska Republican Senator Deb Fischer recently introduced the Precision Agriculture Loan Act and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar. The bipartisan legislation is written to create a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would provide loan financing to farmers and ranchers across the country that are looking to purchase precision agriculture equipment or solutions.
The proposed legislation was supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in a recent statement. Dennis Slater, AEM President, said in a statement that the bill “will give U.S. farmers a whole new set of tools to help achieve climate goals while continuing to feed and fuel the world.”
In all respects, the technological improvements to process and sustainability enabled through the implementation of Precision Agriculture mean good things for farmers, eaters, and society in general.
CalChip Connect VP of Sales Brian Bielawski was a featured speaker at RIoT on October 5th at the Hilton at North Hills, Raleigh. The panel, moderated by RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder, covered the why-to and how-to of applying Internet of Things technology to vertical industry challenges. Brian shared his real-world experiences with IoT and how retailers can use IoT to drive revenue, efficiency, and customer loyalty.
(photo caption: from left to right – Tom Snyder, RIoT; Quang Trinh, Axis Communications; Brian Bielawski, CalChip Connect; Manal El-Ramly, NewsCo)