IoTerop introduced NEBRASKA, a secure, reliable, pay-as-you-go bridge and MQTT broker that lets Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers connect NB-IoT solutions to AWS IoT Core.

Using the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), NEBRASKA optimizes transport protocol that minimizes bandwidth requirements and facilitates integration with the internet, thus helping AWS customers save time and money.

Using serverless solutions, NEBRASKA is based on AWS IoT Core while leveraging the existing IoTerop Alaska Platform to expand its native MQTT support. NEBRASKA is particularly useful for low-power devices that depend heavily on battery life. Customers using NB-IoT system fleet solutions will use the CoAP broker solution, irrespective of their carrier choice of Mobile Network Operators or Mobile Virtual Network Operators.

Michael MacKenzie, General Manager, IoT Connectivity and Control Services, Amazon Web Services, Inc., said: “Wireless Low-Power WAN connections are essential for IoT applications such as smart metering, smart city, and other critical solutions. It’s great to see services like IoTerop’s NEBRASKA service optimizing secure, efficient NB-IoT connections from the device to AWS IoT, accelerating the time-to-market of these solutions and supporting these unique business cases.”

“Beoga solutions mobilize and integrate untapped distributed energy resources,” says Amaury Pachurka, CEO, Beoga. “ALASKA provides Beoga a reliable, secure device management platform for swift, remote smart grid operations over cellular IoT. ALASKA’s ability to scale worldwide over AWS is a key criterion in our choice.”

NEBRASKA’s CoAP-as-a-Service is a part of ALASKA, where IoTerop’s device management platform sticks to the Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) standard. NEBRASKA and ALASKA both run on AWS.

“IoTerop’s IOWA SDK simplifies CoAP client development on even the most constrained devices. Once a client has been introduced, customers can then easily add device management functions like firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates if needed,” adds David Navarro, IoTerop, Chief Product Officer.

NEBRASKA holds the following benefits-

  • Increases connection efficiency, stability, security through Connection ID, CoAP, and DTLS 1.3 security.
  • Routes NB-IoT data to AWS MQTT/TLS broker at a faster pace.
  • Reduces NB-IoT development cost accelerating time-to-market.
  • Reducing network traffic and optimizing AWS resource utilization helps to save money.
  • Improvizes on device-side energy-efficiency and battery lifespans.

CoAP can overcome significant challenges to building scalable cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) solutions. Analyst firm Gartner recognized the importance of CoAP in their June report Hype Cycle for IoT Protocols and Standards, stating, “CoAP for low-power networks increases reliability while allowing easy integration with existing internet technologies.”