Aeris Mobility Platform

IoT EMPOWERMENT: SCALABLE, FLEXIBLE, RELIABLE

The Aeris Mobility Platform (AMP) is a cloud-based software solution for connecting to and managing the connected features of IoT devices. Built using a micro-services architecture, AMP is comprised of an extensive set of software services, packaged as Granular Entity Modules (GEMs), which are functional building blocks that can be combined in a multitude of configurations to create application-specific variations. The AMP power comes from its customizable ability to address multi-variant complexity.

In the real world, complexity comes from a variety of sources, including hardware variations; the total number of services; data, lots of data; wireless carriers; security requirements; customer needs; compliance and regulations (local, regional, global); and a whole slew of additional items to address.

The Aeris Mobility Platform was designed for speed, agility, flexibility, scalability, and security and is ideal for businesses that offer a large number of services, to a diverse number of customers, with a variety of hardware options, in multiple countries, where change is constant. AMP was developed with the explicit aim of simplifying options.

This Aeris global platform allows for regional market variations (brand, location, compliance, and more), thereby redefining, and expanding the ability to gather, analyze, and react to volumes of data. AMP can be used in multiple business sectors, including:

Connected Vehicles ― large number of models, with varying accessories; globally dispersed end users; highly regulated market

Ride and Car Sharing ― large number of drivers and passenger; fluctuating market demands and opportunities

Fleet Management ― variety of vehicles and fleet sizes; high turnover; shifting customer needs

Insurance ― shifting risk models; diverse customers; changing business models

Finance for Asset Security ― tracking and monitoring; asset location; remote immobilization

AMP was developed to meet the unique needs of enterprises who are moving from unconnected products to connected services. AMP specifically addresses the requirements of the burgeoning Internet of Moving Things market segment with a robust service creation environment and a full suite of pre-built business services, including data analytics and monetization.

AMP MAIN COMPONENTS
Device Platform:
Distributed operating system manages data
interactions for millions of devices
• High availability and performance, scalable, efficient, and secure
• Loosely coupled to the device and independent of the services platform
Services Platform:
Maps business logic to service functionality
• Shared common capabilities while enabling brand and market specific variations
• Easily add connectivity management and data management for analytics
Device Services Gateway:
Manages events between device
platform and services platform
• Robust API library, along with development and publishing tools
• Simplifies interactions between independently developed functionality in device and service platforms
Connectivity Management Platform:
Manages multi-carrier and
multi-technology variants
• Network, compute, storage, and connectivity in the cloud
• Connectivity designed at the start to be simple and versatile
• Cellular, Wi-Fi, Hybrid Wi-Fi, NB-IoT, satellite
Data Processing Pipeline:
Securely collects, processes, and makes
data easily consumable
• Data normalization, anonymization, and rules based
• Robust data playground while simplifying implementation
• Open-source tools for optimized performance and cost
Infrastructure Services:
End-to-end monitoring and security
coupled with automated processes
• Unique capsule deployment allows for data and service roaming with central control
• Cloud native technologies applied to connected devices
• Security designed from project onset

GEMs, Capsule Farms, and the Automotive Experience

Using a variation on container technology, the Aeris solution affords the opportunity of running multi-variant applications in varied environments, with divergent functionality and goals. For example, the Aeris Granular Entity Modules (GEMs) are self-contained applications that have everything they need to run, sustain, and maintain a service function. Those functions may vary from the common — such as data transport, caching, or authentication — to the highly specialized — such as GPS location or custom device controls. As vehicle deployments grow and push computational limits, GEM instances can be created to seamlessly expand capacity. Like parts from a bin, GEMs are assembled to enable the rapid development, deployment, modification, maintenance, security, and scalability of unique capsules.

Capsule Farms

Capsules are a unique way to organize the deployment of a specific sets of GEMs. For example, a capsule could be generated to manage connected medical devices, and another could be made to manage connected vehicles. They could be designed to perform many different functions―from merely collecting information to extremely sophisticated command and control operations.

Capsule farm architecture ultimately is designed to enable the rapid deployment, modification, or removal of applications while maintaining security and overall functionality. This creates a more orchestrated vehicle connectivity experience designed to support the secure interchange between data sources and applications.

Capsules can scale as needed by modifying their constituent components―instantiating GEMs to increase computational capacity and redundancy. They can be created to meet the needs of virtually any IoT deployment or segment, duplicated to create a new capsule with identical capabilities or copied and modified to create similar variations.

For example, think of a car―same type, model, and year―going to differing locations (for example, from U.S. to Canada or Mexico). The services needed might be the same but the language, the regulatory requirements, or even local currencies might all differ. The capsule farm enables different information resources and applications to be securely linked and shared to create new value propositions for vehicle users. Capsules provide the flexibility to match infrastructure with vehicle mobility. This is a powerful proposition for car makers seeking to deliver value propositions as brand-defining opportunities.

An Integrated, Secure, End-To-End Solution

The Aeris Mobility Platform integrates with any cloud provider for data collection, indexing, and storage in support of performance monitoring applications. The system integrates with open source data processing applications to monitor asset performance and the wireless connection.

The platform itself is firewalled from the public internet with secure authenticated channels to the vehicle. VPN access is required with application-level and multi-stage encryption. Further security is provided via software containers with credential management, remote monitoring, and multiple infrastructure and technology validation points to prevent spoofing.

The capsule farm architecture segregates various layers, including service logic, services catalog and payments, customer experience, and vehicle and customer data. This architecture enables scaling of subscribers and services, including addition, modification, or removal. The architecture also mitigates risks by enabling rules-based, seamless expansion across regions and asset variations (such as car model or year). And AMP supports software versioning and protocol management to address regional connectivity requirements, including access privileges, privacy regulations, personalization, and security, for any number of businesses.

The platform combines Aeris’ capsule architecture with its existing expertise in optimizing wireless connections to ensure performance reliability while managing and mitigating cost. This end-to-end solution represents state-of-the-art technology for things that move.

The Aeris Mobility Platform is designed for the future while fulfilling all current industry and market requirements for scalability, application isolation, security, and customization. Its strength lies in its ability to control all devices while responding to an ever-changing landscape.

For more in-depth insights and information, download our brief, Aeris Mobility Platform: Simplifying Complex IoT Services Delivery