Flexible IoT Connectivity Options

Aeris IoT Services provides an end-to-end modular technology platform that enables customers to make the pivotal change from their unconnected product to connected services. This comprehensive IoT solution is geared to enhance revenue, create new services and business models, and provide a distinct market differentiation to create distance between you and your competitors.

New LPWA connectivity strategies will afford a diverse range of business sectors to seek out operational efficiencies and competitive advantages through collecting, storing, and analyzing business-critical data at levels of granularity previously unseen. Expanding coverage globally, while keeping costs down, is a primary function of these competing technologies. Read about these new technologies, their benefits and drawbacks, to see if LPWA can be a competitive differentiator for your business.

Rather than looking at what a specific technology cannot do, Aeris looks at what a combination of technologies can bring to the IoT universe. Specifically, a hybrid connection can provide:

With more than 400 partners across 190 countries, Aeris provides worldwide connectivity with unmatched depth of coverage to your devices.

Aeris provides global 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular solutions across CDMA, GSM, and LTE networks. Aeris seamlessly delivers connectivity in more than 190 countries, across more than 550 underlying carriers, all delivered on a single platform. Aeris cellular networks were built specifically for IoT, delivering increased performance, control, and visibility. The Aeris networks were built for 99.995% reliability, and customer tests prove that its reliability is unmatched in the IoT / M2M communications industry.

Simplify supply chains by reducing the number of SKUs to track and manage

Remote troubleshooting, less human intervention: Wi-Fi-only deployments go dark if a signal is lost or network credentials are changed. Wi-Fi credentials, however, can be re-established remotely. Hybrid connections maintain connectivity so any Wi-Fi issues can be investigated / resolved remotely. Fewer truck rolls translate to less hands-on requirements, leading to lower costs of ownership.

Service Insurance: Customer have long-term assurance and flexibility as they are not locked into a provider by having the freedom to migrate to a new provider/carrier OTA, if neededwithout having to replace any hardware or SIMs.

The Aeris AerPort platform, along with APIs, delivers complete control over your IoT deployment through the entire device lifecycle. With real-time visibility into device performance and traffic patterns, and the ability to control costs through flexible alerts, alarms, and self-service troubleshooting tools, AerPort delivers greater operational efficiency, higher levels of automation, and, ultimately, much lower costs for all connectivity technologies and all deployment locations. AerPort has the tools and capabilities to help you identify problems faster, resolve issues quicker, and control costs at every stage of the device lifecycle.More about AerPort

Network migration possible without requiring an on-site SIM swap

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Connectivity Management Platform AerPort™

The Aeris Wi-Fi / cellular hybrid solution seamlessly delivers the cost savings of Wi-Fi with the coverage and reliability benefits of cellular in a single subscription. With a single platform for Wi-Fi / cellular provisioning, billing, reporting, diagnostics, and troubleshooting, the Aeris hybrid solution prevents carrier or technology lock-in, delivering more flexibility for your specific business needs.

Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC)is the latest evolution in standardized cellular SIM card technology. eUICC technology enables the storing of multiple subscription profiles on a single SIM card and allows an associated Subscription Management platform to remotely activate, deactivate, and change subscription profiles remotely.

eUICC makes it possible to download and enable the network operator remotely via OTA updates.

Reduction in operational complexities and costs

The basic reasoning for the need of a hybrid connectivity solution comes from the fact that separately, Wi-Fi and cellular each have drawbacks. For instance, cellular connectivity comes with higher costs than those associated with Wi-Fi. Signal strength can be sketchy, especially indoors. Power consumption can get quite high, and location services are not as robust as required by most businesses.

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Aeris helps simplify multiple carrier connectivity management by empowering customers with the capabilities to streamline cellular operations, control and manage cellular costs, and enhance troubleshooting capabilitiesall on a single platform for all deployments. Bring Your Own Connectivity (BYOC) allows customers to simply bring their existing carrier relationships onto the Aeris Connectivity Platform.

Embedded eUICCs remove the need for a SIM card holder, thereby reducing the needed space for the SIM and reducing the occurrences of it getting lost.

eUICCs can be embedded into a devices circuit board during manufacture, and then provisioned with the appropriate network operator profile for location and cost optimization.

Aeris provides a single platform to seamlessly manage current and future deployed devices regardless of technology or carrier provider. This flexible and modular platform allows customers to reduce the operational complexities of managing a multi-carrier deployment by enabling the management of cellular devices on the Aeris platform, alongside Aeris domestic and global deployments.

The Aeris network was designed to ensure consistent depth of coverage, thereby providing multiple carrier options for connectivity.

Increase device security by eliminating risk of SIM card tampering

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Simplified installations: Configuring Wi-Fi credentials can be extremely time consuming. A pre-activated hybrid solution can leverage cellular connectivitys out-of-the-box capabilities to enable remote Wi-Fi configuration.

Holistic reporting and analytics provide complete insight into entire deployment

Advantages of eUICC-enabled SIM cards

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Wi-Fi, on the other hand, comes with its own set of challenges. Coverage is not ubiquitous. Security for IoT functionality is severely lacking. Device provisioning is complex and time consuming. And Wi-Fi provides minimal visibility and control. The optimal solution would be a hybrid amalgamation of Wi-Fi and cellular, one that can use the best of each while eliminating the drawbacks of both.

Increase flexibility and provide more control for IoT deployment owners

Improved overall coverage: Quite often, cellular connectivity suffers from poor indoor penetration. A hybrid solution, with an enhanced service selection, can optimize to stronger Wi-Fi signals where available. Additionally, if you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot and leave that area, a hybrid solution can seamlessly transfer you over to a conventional cellular network.

Aeris Infinity Support is optimized for the dynamic and mission-critical needs of IoT. Research has shown that service and support capabilities are a critical consideration for our customers when selecting an IoT / M2M service provider. The Aeris global support teams are staffed by M2M experts and powered by Aeris proprietary and patented Made for Machines™ technology stack to deliver unparalleled responsiveness, reliability, and expertise. Our mission is to work with you to decrease downtime, increase your operational efficiency, and maximize your profitability.More about support

eUICC represents a huge leap in connectivity, in terms of how end users can select and change service provider profiles based on specific business needs or locations giving solution owners the potential for unprecedented control over device connectivity

The Aeris IoT Connectivity offering is designed to provide unmatched flexibility by enabling seamless management of multi-technology deployments. Aeris multi-technology, multi-network connectivity solutions deliver maximum value by combining the benefits of 2G/3G/4G cellular connectivity with the benefits of non-cellular technologies, such as low power wide area networks (LPWA), Wi-Fi, and more. Aeris simplifies the complexity of these deployments with seamless connectivity management on the Aeris IoT Connectivity management platform, regardless of technology or underlying network.

Aeris IoT Connectivity delivers flexible, next-generation connectivity and platform solutions. We use our platform to enable IoT connectivity to maximize the value and profitability of your application while we manage the underlying complexity. Aeris focuses on delivering not just network access, but specialized connectivity and platform solutions.

Aeris has a purpose-built platform that provides a better global IoT solution across multiple carriers and multiple technologies. The Aeris Connectivity Management Platform reduces operational complexities while improving coverage and cost optimization by moving deployments away from connectivity silos to multi-channel implementations. And it does so using a single interface for all carriers, technologies, and deployments. By preventing carrier or technology lock-in, Aeris simplifies next generation hybrid technologies and gives companies greater control over deployments and agreements.

The obvious benefits of a combined connectivity solution have opened the doors to a multitude of business sectors. Just to name a few, those gaining an advantage with a hybrid solution include residential solar; home healthcare; home security systems; smart cities; and vehicle monitoring platforms. All benefit from a lower cost, more reliable hybrid connectivity solution. For example, within the trucking industry (or for any roadway vehicle), cellular connections would work best while the vehicle is in motion, needing GPS or emergency services. While in the depot, however, Wi-Fi would be a fiscally sound (lower cost) pathway for transmitting static data, such as driver logs.

Optimized costs: Wi-Fi offers lower data rates. Leveraging data off-loads to cheaper Wi-Fi networks reduces costs and enables increased data consumption.

Single interface, single set of APIs for all carriers, all technologies

Access to leading nationwide 4G LTE connectivity optimized with 3G fallback capabilities.

Future Proof: Where 2G/3G networks still are feasible options for deployments (i.e., Europe), but solutions eventually will need to migrate to LTE. eUICC, when deployed on the correct hardware, enables an OTA upgrade to LTE services without having to replace either the hardware or the SIMs.

With access to more than 50 North American CDMA carriers, Aeris provides ubiquitous coverage to your devices, ensuring you can send and receive data as needed.

With a single platform, and a single management interface for all devices on any carrier, the Aeris Connectivity Platform is architected to adapt to the rapid change of technology while simplifying the complexity of managing multiple connectivity relationships.

The SIM itself, while often referred to as an embedded SIM, is available in various form factors (plugged-in or soldered) and enables users to change service providers without needing to physically change or replace the SIM card. eUICC-enabled SIMs have great potential to drastically change the way cellular IoT subscriptions are managed and optimized.

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Flexible IoT Connectivity Options

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