Delivering on the IoT customer experience

The HPE Universal IoT Platform 1.4

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Delivering on the Internet of Things customer experience

IoT evolution

Today it’s almost impossible to read news about the tech industry without some reference to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a natural evolution of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and represents the interconnection of devices and management platforms that collectively enable the “smart world” around us. From wellness and health monitoring to smart utility meters, integrated logistics, and self-driving cars and the world of IoT is fast becoming a hyper-automated one.

The market for IoT devices and applications, and the new business processes they enable, is enormous. Gartner estimates endpoints of the IoT will grow at a 31.7 percent CAGR from 2013 through 2020, reaching an installed base of 20.8 billion units. (Gartner forecast: Internet of Things—Endpoints and Associated Services, Worldwide, 2015).

 

In 2020, 6.6 billion “things” will ship, with about two-thirds of them consumer applications; hardware spending on networked endpoints will reach $3 trillion USD in 2020. (The Internet of Things: Making Sense of the Next Mega-Trend, 2014, Goldman Sachs).

 

In some instances, IoT may simply involve devices connected via an enterprise’s own network, such as a Wi-Fi mesh across one or more factories. In the vast majority of cases, however, an enterprise’s IoT network extends to devices connected in many disparate areas, requiring connectivity over a number of connectivity options. For example, an aircraft in flight may provide feedback sensor information via satellite communication, whereas the same aircraft may use an airport’s Wi-Fi access while at the departure gate. Equally, where devices cannot be connected to any power source, a low-powered, low-throughput connectivity option, such as Sigfox, LoRa, or the recently ratified 3GPP cellular standards of Cat-NB1 (NB IoT) and Cat-M1 (LTE-M), is needed. Such networks are frequently referred to as Low Powered Wide Area (LPWA) networks.

 

The evolutionary trajectory—from limited-capability M2M services to the super-capable IoT ecosystem—has opened up new dimensions and opportunities for traditional communications infrastructure providers and industry-specific innovators. Those who exploit the potential of this technology—to introduce new services and business models—may be able to deliver unprecedented levels of experience for existing services and, in many cases, transform their internal operations to match the needs of a hyper-connected world.

 

Next-generation IoT solutions

Given the requirement for connectivity, many see IoT as a natural fit in the communications service providers’ (CSPs) domain, such as mobile network operators, although connectivity is a readily available commodity. In addition, some IoT use cases are introducing different requirements on connectivity—economic (lower average revenue per user) and technical (low-power consumption; limited traffic, mobility, or bandwidth), which means a new type of connectivity option is required to improve efficiency and return on investment (ROI) of such use cases, for example, low-throughput network connectivity.

 

Value creation is no longer based on connecting devices and having them available. The focus now is on collecting data, validating it, enriching it with analytics, mixing it with other sources, and then exposing it to the applications that enable enterprises to derive business value from these services.

 

This new paradigm is opening the door for new actors to play an active role and to become IoT operators, being either a dedicated organization of a CSP with specific focus and cost structure for IoT, or large enterprises looking to offer to market and then amortize an infrastructure built to serve their internal requirements or opportunistic new comers.

While there are already many M2M solutions in use across the market, these are often “silo” solutions, able to manage a limited level of interaction between the connected devices and central systems. An example would be simply collecting usage data from a utility meter or fleet of cars. These solutions are typically limited in terms of specific device type, vertical protocol, and business processes.

In a fragmented ecosystem, close collaboration among participants is required to conceive and deliver a service that connects the data monetization components, including:

 

  • Smart device and sensor manufacturers
  • Systems integrators for M2M/IoT services and industry-specific applications
  • Managed ICT infrastructure providers
  • Management platforms providers for device management, service management, charging
  • Data processing layer operators to acquire data, then verify, consolidate, and support with analytics
  • Application Programming Interface (API) management platform providers to expose status and data to applications with partner relationship management (PRM), Marketplace, and Application Studio

 

With the silo approach, integration must be redone for each and every use case. IoT operators are saddled with multiple IoT silos and associated operational costs, while being unable to scale or integrate these standalone solutions or evolve them to address other use cases or industries. As a result, these silos become inhibitors for growth, as the majority of the value lies in streamlining a complete value chain to monetize data from sensor to application. This creates added value and related margins to achieve the desired business cases and therefore fuels investment in IoT-related projects. It also requires the high level of flexibility, scalability, cost efficiency, and versatility that a next-generation IoT Platform can offer.

 

HPE Universal IoT Platform overview

For CSPs or enterprises to become IoT operators and monetize the value of IoT, a need exists for a horizontal platform. Such a platform must be able to easily onboard new use cases being defined by an application and a device type from any industry, and manage a whole ecosystem from the time the application is onboarded until it’s removed. In addition, the platform must also support scalability and lifecycle when the devices become distributed by millions over periods that could exceed 10 years.

 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Communication and Media Solutions (CMS) developed the HPE Universal IoT Platform specifically to address long-term IoT requirements. At the heart, this platform adapts HPE CMS’s own carrier-grade telco software—widely used in the communications industry—by adding specific intellectual property to deal with unique IoT requirements. The platform also leverages HPE offerings such as cloud, Big Data, and analytics applications, which include virtual private cloud and Vertica.

 

The HPE Universal IoT Platform enables connection and information exchange between heterogeneous IoT devices—standards and proprietary communication—and IoT applications. In doing so, it reduces dependency on legacy silo solutions and dramatically simplifies integrating diverse devices with different device communication protocols. HPE Universal IoT Platform can be deployed, for example, to integrate with the HPE Aruba Networks WLAN (wireless local area network) solution to manage mobile devices and the data they produce within the range of that network and integrating devices connected by other Wi-Fi, fixed or mobile networks. These include GPRS (2G and 3G), LTE 4G and LPWA networks such as LoRa.

  • High-level description of the HPE Universal IoT platform

    General description of HPE Universal IoT Platform

    The HPE Universal IoT Platform solution architecture is an application enablement platform aligned with the Common Service Entity (CSE) definition of oneM2M industry standard and designed to be industry-, vertical-, and vendor-agnostic.

    This supports access to different southbound networks and technologies and various applications and processes from diverse application providers across multiple verticals on the northbound side. In simple terms, the HPE Universal IoT Platform enables multiple industry verticals and industry-specific use cases to be supported on the same horizontal platform thanks to the common oneM2M data model, so that combination of different and various use cases can be aggregated on the same horizontal platform creating a critical mass to justify and sustain IoT Business.

     

    Key modules of HPE Universal IoT Platform

    The HPE Universal IoT Platform is composed of the following key modules:

     

    Device and service management (DSM)

    The DSM module is the nerve center of the HPE Universal IoT Platform, which manages the end-to-end lifecycle of the IoT service and the associated gateways or devices and sensors. Device can be managed, regardless the binding protocols such as CoAP, MQTT or LWM2M for example, and can register to the platform. In turn the platform is then enable to expose the device capabilities to applications which subscribe to notifications.

     

    It provides a Web-based GUI for all the stakeholders to manage and consume the IoT services from the platform. DSM manages the application and service registration, allowing applications to explore and subscribe oneM2M resources corresponding to the underlying gateways and sensors. DSM allows the service administrators to verify that the platform is efficiently set up with support for a wide range of devices over different access technologies thereby allowing for a rich set of application to be registered on the platform.

     

    Hierarchical customer account modelling, coupled with the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) mechanism, enables various mutually beneficial service models such as B2B, B2C, and B2B2C models.

     

    Through the greater adoption of oneM2M complaint Device Management capabilities in the latest release of the HPE Universal IoT platform (release 1.4) provides the SIM Management functionalities required to facilitate Device association for those devices using SIM based connectivity such as 2/3/4G & LTE networks. This includes managing the lifecycle of embedded SIM functionally offered by the eUICC standards.

     

    The capability enables both the device & SIM lifecycles to be synchronized on the same platform as opposed to separated and disconnected systems as is frequently the case with other IoT platform deployments. The synchronization reduces time-to-market and improves the optimization of both the assets and the associated processes.

     

    Improvements in the current release of the HPE Universal IoT Platform are not limited to SIM based devices, the platform is also simplifying the path to LoRa deployment. Around the world, LoRa vendor are forced to specialize on regional spectrum allocations, however many are also propriety, non-standard functionally for device provisioning and key management. To address this issue the latest release of the HPE Universal IoT Platform (release 1.4) includes a generic controller for LoRa Network Servers (LNS) designed to work with any LoRa vendor which has already been tested and deployed with several LoRa vendors across all geographies). As a result, the same IoT platform can then be used across different countries, regions, or cities; or vendors without any impact on the applications, as well same devices to be reused.

     

    Network Interworking Proxy (NIP)

    The NIP component provides a connected devices framework for managing and communicating with disparate IoT gateways and devices, and communicating over different types of underlying networks. With NIP, you get interoperability and information exchange between the heterogeneous systems deployed in the field and the uniform oneM2M-compliant resource mode supported by the HPE Universal IoT Platform. It’s based on a “Distributed Message Queue” architecture and designed to deal with the three Vs—volume, variety, and velocity—typically associated with handling IoT data.

     

    NIP is supported by the “Protocol Factory” for rapid development of the device controllers and proxies for onboarding new IoT protocols onto the platform. It has built-in device controllers and proxies for IoT vendor devices and other key IoT connectivity protocols such as MQTT, LWM2M, DLMS/COSEM, HTTP REST, and others including a generic controller for LoRa Network Servers (LNS) designed to work with any LoRa vendor.

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Figure 1. IoT Platform architecture

Data acquisition and verification (DAV)

DAV supports reliable bi-directional data communication between IoT applications in the cloud and IoT gateways and devices deployed in the field. The DAV component uses the underlying NIP to interact and acquire IoT data and maintain it in a resource-oriented uniform data model aligned with oneM2M. This data model is completely agnostic to the device or application, so it’s completely flexible and extensible. IoT applications in turn can discover, access, and consume these resources on the northbound side using one M2M-compliant HTTP REST interface.

 

Data analytics

The data analytics module leverages HPE Vertica technology for discovery of meaningful patterns in data collected from devices in conjunction with other application-specific externally imported data. Vertica supports the creation, execution, and visualization environment for most types of analytics, including batch and real-time—based on “Complex-Event Processing”—for creating data insights that can be used for business analysis and monetized by sharing insights with partners.

 

IoT data analytics covers various types of analytical modelling such as descriptive—key performance indicator, social media, and geo-fencing, predictive determination, and prescriptive recommendation.

 

Operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS)

The BSS/OSS module provides a consolidated end-to-end view of devices, gateways, and network information. This module helps IoT operators to automate and prioritize key operational tasks, reduce downtime through faster resolution of infrastructure issues, improve service quality, and enhance human and financial resources needed for daily operations. The module uses field proven applications from HPE’s own OSS portfolio such as Telecommunication Management Information Platform, Unified Correlation Analyzer, and Order Management.

 

Data service cloud (DSC)

The DSC module enables advanced monetization models, especially fine-tuned for IoT and cloud-based offerings. DSC exposes the API from the DAV module to partners, developers, and customers with scalability, security, and control.

 

DSC also supports mashup for new content creation providing additional insight by combining embedded IoT data with internal and external data from other systems. This additional insight can provide value to other stakeholders outside the immediate IoT ecosystem, enabling monetization of such information.

 

Designer in DSC enables rapid development of IoT micro services through reusable components and modules, reducing the cost and time-to-market for IoT processes and applications. The DSC, a partner-oriented layer, securely manages the stakeholder lifecycle in B2B/B2B2C models.

 

  • Go-to-market for the HPE Universal IoT platform

    General description of HPE Universal IoT offering

    The HPE Universal IoT Platform supports different go-to-market:

     

    • On-premises, sold with software perpetual licenses, operated by the customer in a data center operated by the customer
    • From the cloud, sold as-a-Service, operated by HPE from a data center operated by HPE

    For both go-to-market, the HPE Universal IoT Platform Software is offered following the same structure:

     

    • A core baseline offering, inclusive of the required fundamentals modules/features to implement a oneM2M CSE
    • A set of options, to complement the core baseline offering with an additional set of features, adding value for the customer or use cases in the need of such support

Features

Core baseline

Option

Module

Managing devices and services

Yes

 

DSM

Uplink and downlink data acquisition

Yes

 

NIP

Data acquisition and validation

Yes

 

DAV

APIs exposure

Yes

 

SGF PRM

Advanced dashboard

Yes

 

Console

Relational database

Yes

 

EDB

Dashboard designer

 

Yes

Console designer

Analytic columnar database

 

Yes

Vertica

Alarms handling and correlation

 

Yes

TeMIP/UCA

Micro service design and execution

 

Yes

SIS

M2M/IoT SIM Management

 

Yes

CMP

Table 1. Baseline and options

The level of support/SLO for the functionalities mentioned above is based on the criticality and is delivered either 24x7 Enhanced (on-premises)/99.9 percent availability (cloud) or 24x7 Standard (on-premises)/99.5 percent availability (cloud).

Features

Critical

on-premises

From the cloud

Managing devices and services

No

24x7 Standard

99.5%

Uplink and downlink data acquisition

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

Data acquisition and validation

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

APIs exposure

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

Advanced dashboard

No

24x7 Standard

99.5%

Relational database

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

Dashboard designer

No

24x7 Standard

99.5%

Analytic columnar database

No

24x7 Standard

99.5%

Alarms handling and correlation

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

Micro service design and execution

Yes

24x7 Enhanced

99.9%

Table 2. Level of support and availability

Core baseline offering for HPE Universal IoT Platform

The HPE Universal IoT Platform core baseline software is offered as a capacity to support a given number of active sensors. The sensors are organized in different categories of traffic and communication profiles.

 

Category A will match the requirements of typical LPWA network devices, Category B of typical smart meters and Category C of connected vehicles.

Category

Category A

Category B

Category C

Max. message size (in bytes)

1024

2048

4096

Max. message/day/dev

24

98

288

Table 3. Category definition

The capacity of active sensors in each category is organized by tiers and steps.

Tiers

Range (k sensors)

Steps

T1

0–1,000k (*)

100k

T2

1,000–5,000k

250k

T3

5,000–10,000k

500k

T4

10,000–20,000k

1m

T5

20,000–50,000k

1m

(*) When offered aaS, a minimum level of services will be charged.

 

 

Table 4. Tiers of sensors

All the functionalities mentioned in this section are offered as part of a core baseline capacity license of Universal IoT Platform release 1.4.

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Figure 2. IoT Platform architecture including device and service management

Device and Service Management provides a Web-based GUI for the respective stakeholders to interact with the HPE Universal IoT Platform for:

 

  • Managing customers and user accounts
  • Managing the lifecycle of the devices
  • Managing the lifecycle of associated SIMs for 2/3/4G & LTE connected devices
  • Managing the device topology
  • Managing device manufacturer profile
  • Managing the lifecycle of application/services consuming the IoT data
  • Monitoring user activity and network KPI

 

The DAV component uses a relational datastore for storing IoT data. Data acquisition (uplink and downlink) on southbound interface.

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Figure 3. IoT Platform architecture including Network Interworking Proxy

Data acquisition (uplink and downlink) on a southbound interface is the component in charge of sending and receiving payload and log messages gateways and progressing them to the data verification and processing component. The Network Interworking Proxy (NIP) performs the following tasks:

 

  • Manages disparate IoT gateways and devices, and communicates over different types of underlying networks
  • Gets interoperability and information exchange between the heterogeneous systems deployed in the field and the uniform oneM2M-compliant resource model supported by the HPE Universal IoT Platform
  • Distributed Message Broker infrastructure for supporting new IoT protocols

 

Data verification and processing

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Figure 4. IoT Platform architecture including data acquisition and verification

Data verification and processing supports secure bi-directional data communication between IoT applications and IoT gateways/devices deployed in the field. The DAV component uses the underlying NIP to interact and acquire IoT data and maintains it in a resource-oriented uniform data model aligned with oneM2M. This data model is completely agnostic to the device or application, so it is completely flexible and extensible.

 

The DAV component is also responsible for the security and transformation, validation, and processing of the IoT data:

 

  • Registration of IoT devices, unique identification of devices, and supporting data communication with registered devices
  • Management of device security keys for reliable or encrypted communication
  • Access control policies manage and enforce the many-to-many communications between applications and devices
  • Encoding and decoding of the payload using device specific Codec libraries
  • Data processing and triggering of actions based on the type of message such as alarm processing and analytics

 

The DAV component uses a combination of datastores based on relational and optional columnar databases for storing IoT data, ensuring enhanced performance even for distinct different types of operations such as transactional operations, and analytics/batch processing-related operations.

 

HPE Universal IoT Platform external interfaces on northbound interface

The IoT Platform supports the following API:

 

  • The HTTP-based RESTful resource-oriented API compliant with oneM2M Mca specifications provides access to the data or the resource representations of things, devices and their related descriptions. Applications, based on their Access Control List (ACL) will have access to the list of such resources (identified by the hierarchical or non-hierarchical URI) and will be able to perform the different operations (CREATE, RETRIEVE, UPDATE, DELETE, and NOTIFY) again based on their ACL. This interface design allows application developers to have a consistent interface for accessing the data from the various sensors irrespective of the type of the device and independent of the underlying device network topology.
  • DSM Web Service API: The DSM Web Service API allows external applications to manage the following IoT DSM services:
    • Device management
    • SIM management
    • Fleet topology
    • Device profile management
    • Application entity/routing rules management
    • User management
    • Group management
    • Role management

 

In addition, the platform also supports the Codec Interface for enabling development of the device-specific Codec libraries for decoding of the payload.

 

HPE Universal IoT Platform API exposures

There are two components inside HPE Universal IoT Data Service Cloud that are used to fulfill the functionality needed to provide access to the oneM2M resources through the northbound interface mentioned in the preceding section:

 

  • A full-fledged API Management solution named HPE Service Governance Framework (SGF hereafter)
  • A complete and modern Web 2.0 Application’s Developer Portal preintegrated with the SGF gateways and the SGF management portal, named HPE Partner Relationship Management (PRM hereafter)

 

The HPE SGF will be used in order to securely enable, manage, and govern HPE Universal IoT APIs and third-party resources access across multiple user services (tenants’ customer applications, providers’ applications, external system integrations, etc.). HPE SGF offers extended features and benefits for Web 2.0 governance and management, including comprehensive run-time, service lifecycle, and design-time governance features.

Through HPE SGF, outside partners or developers can securely access and use simple web service enablers to create more sophisticated applications, Web 2.0 mashups, and services without detailed knowledge of underlying systems. It also enables service providers and advanced consumers to offer their services in a controlled environment—an expanding ecosystem of third parties and subscribers.

 

With HPE SGF, providers will expose resources and APIs within minutes, with the right level of security to the right audience, for the duration or quotas that customers will set.

 

This framework enables multitenancy, making it possible for customers to define domains like multiple API stores mapping to specific business types, segments, or strategic approaches. Developers and partners can be tied to one or several domains or stores with a specific set of APIs to be discovered, subscribed to, and used.

 

HPE SGF also enables defining of clusters so that API-related traffic going to a specific business domain goes through a dedicated set of API gateways. This can be very important to permit different service-level agreements if it were required.

 

The HPE PRM will provide provider tenants’ partners and application developers with a portal that enables effective API consumption and application lifecycle. With personalized access, tenants’ developers or partners can register, easily browse for APIs, discover information, ability to test APIs and subscribe to API packages based on policies and appropriate business models.

 

The HPE PRM is not a framework to develop final UX/UI final partner and developers applications, just the API enablement to final applications.

 

IoT Operator can offer different contextual API packages based on the developer profile and assigned role. This makes it possible to have multiple API stores mapping to specific business types, segments, or strategic approaches. Developers and partners can be tied to one or several domains or stores with a specific set of APIs to be discovered, subscribed to, and used. This multitenancy aspect makes it possible to use environments dedicated to specific verticals, internal development, or premium tenants only, for instance.

 

Enabling advanced dashboards through the IoT Console

The IoT Console is a new-generation data visualization component providing a modern, responsive, and dynamic web dashboard to represent synthetic dashboards/reports and highly summarized views.

 

The IoT Console provides for:

 

  • Personalized and dynamic web dashboards, built through definition rules, and easily customizable with no need to develop additional content
  • Statistical reports and executive dashboards
  • A single-page dashboard to represent the overall status of the HPE Universal IoT Platform
  • A consolidated operations portal for the entire HPE Universal IoT Platform

 

The IoT Console enables dynamic generation of dashboards and reports for presenting aggregated data bases like high-level statistics or metrics, coming from various HPE Universal IoT Platform components (IoT-DAV, IoT-OSS, IoT-Analytics, etc.) within the same web client (or page), with rich real-time and interactive graphics. These dynamic reports will be based on the defined/exposed facts and dimensions by the platform components. The data is displayed in “real-time” in that it can updated automatically in a matter of seconds or minutes, allowing the users to analyze and navigate through information and quickly focus on the right meaningful information and help decision makers.

Single sign-on for HPE Universal IoT Platform components

The IoT Console provides a unified, integrated view of the different HPE Universal IoT Platform components, providing for tab-based seamless navigation across the different portals of the HPE Universal IoT Platform. These include the IoT-DSM, dashboard/reporting, HPE SGF and HPE PRM portals. The user accounts are maintained and synchronized with the centralized LDAP within the HPE Universal IoT Platform. HPE Universal IoT Platform users will also be able to directly access individual component portals (independent of the IoT Console), using the same user credentials.

 

Options offered for HPE Universal IoT Platform

All the functionalities mentioned in this section are offered as optional licenses of HPE Universal IoT Platform release 1.4.

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Figure 5. IoT Platform architecture including data analytics

The HPE Universal IoT Platform enables analytics with support for an additional analytics-specific columnar database. The IoT DAV module can be configured by IoT customers to propagate the selected sensor data to the analytics database for further analysis.

 

The columnar database, used in conjunction with distributed file system-based storage, provides for extended longevity of the data stored at an efficient cost. This combination of hot and cold data storage enables analytics to be supported over a longer period of IoT data collected from the devices.

 

The platform does not provide any specific built-in analytics on top of the columnar database.

 

The columnar dataset is licensed by tiers of TB.

Tiers

Range

Steps

TB

0–10 TB

1 TB

TB

11–50 TB

1 TB

TB

51–100

1 TB

TB

101–500

1 TB

TB

501+

1 TB

Table 5. Tiers of Vertica Storage

M2M/IoT SIM Management

HPE Connectivity Management Platform (CMP) is offered to provide a self-service portal to Enterprises to enable them managing their fleet of IoT SIMs/eSIM via the automated management of the M2M SIM subscriptions via a secured set of APIs for B2B customers. It has capabilities to create and enforce differentiated subscription packages to meet the specific needs of M2M B2B subscribers.

 

Device categories are not used here, CMP is licensed based on the number of sensors and arranged into Tiers, so the total number of sensors in Category A, B and C using a SIM/eSIM and managed in CMP are to be considered.

Category definition

Range (k sensors)

Steps

T1

0–1,000 k

100 k

T2

1,000–5,000 k

250 k

T3

5,000–10,000 k

500 k

T4

10,000–20,000 k

1 m

T5

20,000–50,000 k

1 m

Table 6. License Tiers based in the number of sensors

Micro service design and execution

The HPE Smart Interaction Server (SIS) provides interactive application services toolset for designing and running multichannel interactive IoT real-time web applications and conversational services. A representative list of new application themes that can be created using the HPE SIS around IoT is as follows:

 

  • Designing applications around smart connected objects—services for connected cars for example
  • Designing interactive applications around smart connected places—homes, buildings, shops, workplaces
  • Creating cross-cloud connected user experiences—ubiquitous connected devices (smartphones, tablets, wearables using 4G LTE, Wi-Fi) are an opportunity to create innovative real-time services based on combining the connected objects and places listed here. For example, connected car interacting with a smart home

 

HPE SIS is based on an innovative smart interaction architecture blueprint. IoT micro services are developed and deployed by reducing time, cost, and risk, while resulting in new revenue-generating services and delightful experiences. It provides an innovative approach for the development of real-time interactive services that “interact with everything”—apps and APIs, digital users, things, and the cloud.

 

The HPE SIS is licensed using the same categories and tiers as the core baseline.

Category

Category A

Category B

Category C

Max. message size (in bytes)

1024

2048

4096

Max. message/day/dev

24

98

288

Table 7. Category definition

The capacity of active sensors in each category is organized by tiers and steps.

Tiers

Range (k sensors)

Steps

T1

0–1,000 k

100 k

T2

1,000–5,000 k

250 k

T3

5,000–10,000 k

500 k

T4

10,000–20,000 k

1 m

T5

20,000–50,000 k

1 m

Table 8. Category definition

Building advanced dashboards

The IoT Console View Designer is an editor capable of building new visualizations design or views, from scratch or by editing an existing view. These views allow for assembling the available widgets within a view-specific layout. A widget can usually display combinations of data, communicate with other widgets, share some results, do specific treatments, propose graphical configuration, propose dynamic date selection change, etc.

 

The IoT Console View Designer is offered with a distinct license for IoT operators and their tenants in a B2B mode.

 

OSS for HPE Universal IoT Platform

The HPE TeMIP Fault Management provides consolidated Fault Management capabilities, collecting, filtering, and normalizing alarms received from all the sources, and supporting event management processes. HPE TeMIP manages the whole alarms lifecycle and provides advanced filtering, correlation, and TT interaction capabilities Out-of-the-Box (OOTB) with focus on automation and efficiency. HPE TeMIP feeds HPE Unified OSS Console for Assurance.

 

TeMIP can manage different systems sold by different equipment manufacturers. These systems range from application servers (Firewalls, HLR for the telco, LoRa Network Servers…), to Operations Maintenance Centers (OMCs), Equipment Management Systems (EMSs), routers, and gateways (LoRa Gateways, other…). Access modules (AMs) provide the mediation layer for the HPE TeMIP Fault Management system.

 

One AM is necessary per type of managed system. Once deployed, an Access Module can manage several instances of network elements.

 

A single event can lead to many “secondary” events being triggered that are of limited importance for the operator. The purpose of the TeMIP Event Filtering and Correlation Function is to filter out incoming events at source using a set of filters targeted at “secondary” events.

 

Event filtering prevents operators from being overwhelmed by incoming events and enables them to identify and concentrate on solving the true cause of the problem.

 

The TeMIP alarm filtering mechanism implements ISO-recommended discriminators and provides a fine degree of precision in the selection of alarms to be stored by passing or blocking filters on alarm attributes such as network element class (Equipment), domains (Technology), alarm name (ID), alarm type, alarm severity and additional text, and also a combination of the alarm’s attributes.

 

Alarm data at GUI operator level can then be filtered using a comprehensive set of predefined criteria and logical operators.

 

TeMIP Fault Management includes a sophisticated and generic alarm handling function for the management of ISO-formatted alarm information: it supports the ISO 10164-4 alarm reporting functions, including alarm format (alarm type, severity, probable cause, status, and so on) and alarm management functions such as acknowledgement, clearance, and closure. Operations on alarms and alarm status changes are time stamped and identified by a User Identifier for later analysis.

 

Access Modules collect events raised by network equipment, convert them into a TeMIP comprehensive alarm format, possibly apply low-level filtering and then pass the alarms to the TeMIP Alarm Handling FM. As part of the latest release of the HPE Universal IoT Platform, specific Access Module have been developed for LoRa networks and gateways; for example, such an Access Module is already deployed for the Sagemcom LNS.

 

If a network element produces many instances of the same alarm due to a recurring problem, alarm handling may become difficult due to the rate at which alarms are arriving at the user interface. To prevent an operator becoming overstretched, similar alarms can be created instead of alarm objects. This mode of operation is known as alarm aggregation and means that only one alarm object (the original alarm object) is created and displayed in the alarm handling windows, and that subsequent “similar” alarms are created and stored as child entities of the Original Alarm Object. This reduces the number of Alarm Objects displayed in the alarm handling windows, without loss of alarm data.

 

The TeMIP Resynchronization FM is a generic module used together with the TeMIP Alarm Handling FM for resynchronizing the TeMIP alarm status with the current status of managed equipment. It implements a remedy to reduce any alarm status discrepancies that may have occurred during operation.

 

The HPE Unified Correlation Analyzer (UCA) engine provides advanced alarm correlation functions to automate monitoring of the communication and networks, and to reduce the number of alarms exposed to operators. HPE UCA supports event-based correlation and topology correlation. HPE UCA is a very flexible rule environment, customizable by non-programmer users, as much of the customization work on rules is based on the concept of rule parameterization. The correlation functions rely on accessing the network topology information; the core baseline provides functions to bulk upload and normalize data, to get an end-to-end topology based on data extracted from the network. This component feeds the HPE IoT Console.

 

The Unified Correlation Analyzer for event-based correlation product offers a generalized event-based correlation solution. Based on the JBoss Drools “rule engine,” UCA for EBC offers the capability to create comprehensive functional correlation sets called “value packs” that implement the correlation logic. This correlation is performed by rules execution. Any value pack can support/use predefined functionalities such as alarm collection, filtering, lifecycle, as well as generic actions.

 

In terms of functionalities, UCA for EBC is able to:

 

  • Run several scenarios (rule engines) in parallel and/or in sequence in order to implement complex correlation algorithms. Each set of scenarios implementing a single correlation solution is grouped inside a UCA for EBC Value Pack
  • Dispatch “Alarm” objects to the different scenarios
  • Execute rules based on the scenario input stream and generate suitable traffic in the scenario output stream
  • Control the scenario input stream using an alarm-based filtering layer
  • Execute actions such as storing to a database, creating a Trouble Ticket, creating a new alarm, group alarms, and forward an alarm to another scenario

 

The topology extension allows implementing topology rule-based correlation. It offers the interface to load the topology content within the UCA ECB product from inventory data.

 

The OSS for UIoT is licensed per sensors tiers, categories are not used here.

Corresponding UIoT core baseline tiers

Range

Steps

T1

0–30 k

30 k

T1

30–500 k

10 k

T1/T2

500–2,000 k

100 k

T2

2,000–5,000 k

100 k

T4

5,000–10,000 k

100 k

T4/T5

>10,000 k

1 m

Table 9. TeMIP tiers of sensors

When used for insurance, the IoT Console requires additional licenses, that are per

OSS operator seats.

Range

Steps

0–5

5

6–30

5

31–50

10

>51

10

Table 10. TeMIP tiers of operators seats

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