Kerlink, a specialist and global leader in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and IoTerop, a key player in the definition of the IoT standards, announced Kerlink will leverage widely used open standards for firmware updates and remote management of LoRaWANTM end-devices.
This collaboration confirms Kerlink’s commitment and long-term view to ensuring interoperability, flexibility and future compatibility of its growing portfolio of products and services as the IoT evolves. Making the choice of open standards for protocols and APIs also ensures an easy, cost-efficient and fast integration with existing and new LoRaWANTM ecosystem players, like core network or application enablement platform providers.
Kerlink leverages IoTerop’s IOWA, a commercial-grade Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Lightweight M2M/IPSO stack, as an end-device management protocol for sensor networks and machine-to-machine (M2M) environments. In addition to supporting life-cycle management, it allows Kerlink’s B2B customers to easily update firmware remotely. The company, currently leading the LoRa AllianceTM working group for Firmware Update Over The Air (FUOTA), was among the first LPWA IoT solution providers to demonstrate FUOTA capabilities last year at the alliance meeting in Philadelphia.
Kerlink also has promoted in a position paper its vision of delivering global solutions for LoRaWANTM end-device remote management by leveraging open standards like LwM2M and IPSO. A white paper is also available on its website, giving more insights on how Kerlink plans to combine these capabilities to offer future-proof and easy-to-use end-device life-cycle management solutions.
IoTerop is committed to implementing standardized, comprehensive administration services across devices and manufacturers to manage different end-device functions. These include maintaining connectivity, data recovery and security or software upgrades. Most deployed objects lack these features or the features are very limited and/or proprietary. IoTerop’s solutions provide standardized methods for making connection between devices easier and more effective, such as remotely changing data-collection frequency on a water meter directly from an administration console.
Standards-based solutions, such as IoTerop’s IOWA, allow an industrial customer to easily integrate firmware updates and device provisioning, remote control and management. IOWA also supports the addition of security features that enforce communication cyphering and device authentication in any operating environment, hardware platforms and connection topologies.
Kerlink and IoTerop will demonstrate IOWA’s capabilities at MWC on Kerlink’s booth 8.0C11.