Ericsson's new Cloud Connect service, an integrated component of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator that has been launched last month, makes it easy for enterprises to securely connect cellular devices to public cloud IoT endpoints such as AWS IoT Core.
With an estimated five billion cellular IoT devices to be in use by the end of 2026, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, enterprises are increasingly outsourcing device authentication and data management to public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Michael MacKenzie, General Manager, AWS IoT Connectivity & Control, says: “As enterprises connect more IoT devices to the public cloud, they want an easy and secure way to ingest IoT device data to AWS. Simple solutions like Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect give enterprises flexibility by leveraging AWS IoT to easily manage and authorize devices, use zero touch provisioning, and ensure data is encrypted and secure.”
Enterprises on Ericsson IoT Accelerator-managing cellular devices such as sensors, meters or tracking devices, now have a much simpler way to connect to the already secure AWS server through Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect, which moves complex encryption from the device to the edge of the cellular network.
Communication service providers (CSPs) play a crucial role in the IoT ecosystem, providing global cellular connectivity using Ericsson IoT Accelerator. With more than 35 global CSPs already on Ericsson's IoT Accelerator, enterprises of any size can manage the connectivity of their devices worldwide now much easier via connection to AWS IoT Core.
Cristoff Martin, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Connexion, says: “This capability, integrated with our IoT Cloud service also developed together with AWS, will allow even more efficient development and operation of new connected solutions taking benefit of network technologies like Narrowband-IoT and the superior security capabilities of mobile networks in general.”
Connecting to AWS IoT Core requires each connected device to use Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption for all communications. With Cloud Connect, the IoT Accelerator service offers a plug-and-play alternative. In this, enterprises benefit from simple activation of devices that tunnel to the edge of the cellular infrastructure before automatically self-provisioning to AWS and securely connecting via Cloud Connect generated encryption and keys.
With Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect, devices with unencrypted yet privately secured communications over cellular network leveraging Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) or narrowband User Data Protocols (UDP), such as Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), can connect seamlessly to AWS IoT Core, resulting in significantly lower power and data consumption.
Initial results show that Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect enables low-powered devices to reduce mobile data by up to 95% and extend battery life by up to 50% by removing the need to run public end-to-end internet encryption.
Kyle Okamoto, General Manager IoT, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect removes barriers for enterprises to connect their IoT devices to numerous public clouds and to optimize the IoT data management infrastructure offered by providers like AWS. This means a faster time to market for enterprise devices and products. We are excited to offer this service to our IoT Accelerator community of over 7,000 enterprises globally.” (Source: Ericsson)