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By Rich Handley

Ayla Networks Announces IoT Platform With Wireless Module, Application-Development Capabilities

Ayla Networks, whose IoT platform-as-a-service allows for device management and application enablement, has announced new capabilities for its IoT platform. This new platform release is intended to overcome restrictions on choosing wireless modules to connect to Ayla's IoT cloud, and to streamline the creation of enterprise applications employing IoT device data.

A new Ayla portable software agent reduced the amount of time needed to get to market with IoT initiatives, by allowing manufacturers to select any cellular or Wi-Fi module and have it connect to Ayla's IoT cloud. For makers of IoT solutions and service providers, the platform has added new application-enablement capabilities to make it faster and easier to build mobile and Web-based enterprise applications utilizing IoT data.

"IoT applications and use cases continue to grow in size and complexity, and Ayla Networks is committed to keeping our IoT platform technology a step ahead of what the market needs," said Jonathan Cobb, Ayla Networks' CEO, in a prepared statement. "Our new portable device agent allows business priorities, rather than connectivity technology, to dictate the basis for choosing hardware modules to connect devices to the IoT cloud. And our expanded application enablement capabilities will be particularly useful for enterprises, service providers and manufacturers that are getting started on IoT projects and want to scale quickly and innovate faster."

To connect to an IoT cloud, devices use an embedded cellular or Wi-Fi module, comprising a hardware chip and a software agent, which provides wireless cloud connectivity. Previously, IoT software agents have had to be built and certified to work with a specific chip and module type—an expensive process that could take a year or more and involve significant certification overhead, the company reports.

The new portable agent circumvents this problem, according to Ayla, by enabling connectivity to the IoT cloud from any cellular or Wi-Fi module—without the lengthy process of certifying a different software agent for each chip or module variation, and without having to generate source code to port the agent to a chosen module. As a result, IoT solution providers that want to connect to Ayla's IoT cloud are not restricted to a list of certified cellular or Wi-Fi modules. The portable agent includes source code, reference implementation, a porting guide, and a test suite for both cellular and Wi-Fi solutions. In addition, Ayla can recommend development partners to perform porting work for enterprises that lack in-house IoT firmware development expertise.

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