Arm brings new automation capabilities to Pelion IoT platform for operators
Arm has launched an updated version of its Pelion IoT connectivity management platform for mobile network operators. The 2.0 version will help operators to offer a simplified device management tool, featuring higher levels of automation, to enterprises bringing online large numbers of IoT devices across multiple territories.
Arm said the tweaks are the result of feedback from operators. It said the new version will improve the IoT services operators make available to clients, notably device provisioning and billing accuracy, as well as benefiting the speed and reliability of their IoT connectivity.
New automation capabilities include: real-time data triggers, for creating networking rules around environmental changes; remote eSIM provisioning management, to ensure correct service and commercial configuration as devices roam; and business process automation, for reducing operational costs in IoT deployments.
Operator NOS, the largest communications group in Portugal, will migrate its entire IoT subscriber base to the Pelion Connectivity Management 2.0 platform, in order to monetise its IoT connectivity and expand services to customers outside of Portugal.
Nigel Chadwick, vice president and general manager for Pelion Connectivity Management at Arm, said: “Arm will significantly help enterprises overcome the challenges of moving from pilot IoT projects to a global scale. It simply hasn’t been feasible for enterprises to directly manage manually every device when your IoT deployment spans thousands of devices, multiple countries and different mobile networks. This eliminates these administrative barriers by providing automation at scale through a single pane of glass.”
Carlos Lourenço, director of corporate IoT at NOS, repeated the line about a ‘single pane of glass’. He said: “With our enterprise customers increasingly expanding internationally, as well as the rise of new technologies such as NB-IoT and eSIM, we wanted an IoT connectivity management service that can provide a single pane of glass regardless of underlying technology, operator, or geography.”
Michele Mackenzie, principal analyst at Analysys Mason, commented: “Network operators and enterprise customers might start with small estates of devices but look to scale up quickly as the benefits of IoT are realised. For millions, and potentially billions, of devices to be connected to telecoms networks in a timely, cost efficient, scalable way platform services will need to become increasingly automated.”