Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, has unveiled the Ruckus IoT Suite, which enables organizations to readily construct a secure IoT access network that consolidates multiple physical-layer IoT networks into a single network.
The Ruckus IoT Suite further speeds time-to-return-on-investment (ROI) and reduces deployment cost by allowing for the use of common infrastructure between the wireless local area network (WLAN) and the IoT access network.
According to market research firm IDC, IoT edge infrastructure is emerging as a key growth domain and an enterprise priority to support the burgeoning IoT applications space. Within the IoT edge infrastructure market— expected to reach nearly $3.4B by 2021— network equipment is the fastest-growing segment, with compound annual growth (CAGR) in excess of 30%, driven by the need for application continuity and high performance coupled with reliable and secure connectivity.
“Organizations are looking to the IoT to help improve operational efficiencies, increase revenue and enhance the customer experience, but their ability to do so is constrained by today’s siloed IoT networks,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, president, Ruckus Networks. “Ruckus is addressing the market by providing the critical ‘glue’ between the world of sensors, cameras and things with the world of big data and analytics. Not only have we addressed the fragmentation at the PHY layer, we have created an open API to both public and private clouds which permits easy and secure integration with a variety of partners.”
Building a Consolidated IoT Access Network
An IoT access network must consolidate multiple access technologies while delivering the provisioning, management and security capabilities found in modern IP-based networks. Such a network must facilitate inter-endpoint communication and provide integration with analytics software and services. The Ruckus IoT Suite consists of:
· Ruckus IoT-ready access points (APs)—APs that accommodate Ruckus IoT modules to establish multi-standards wireless access for Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi IoT endpoints; and translate non-Internet protocol (IP) endpoint communications into IP.
· Ruckus IoT Modules—Radio or radio-and-sensor devices that connect to a Ruckus IoT-ready AP to enable endpoint connectivity based on standards such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Zigbee and LoRa protocols.
- Ruckus SmartZone™ Controller—A WLAN controller that provides a single management interface for both the WLAN and the IoT access network.
- Ruckus IoT Controller—A virtual controller, deployed in tandem with a Ruckus SmartZone OS-based controller, that performs connectivity, device and security management functions for non-Wi-Fi devices; facilitates endpoint coordination, and provides APIs for northbound integration with analytics software and IoT cloud services.
Securing the IoT Access Network and IoT Endpoints
Security concerns top the list of factors that contribute to IoT solution deployment delays. The Ruckus IoT Suite addresses such concerns through a multi-layered approach, including digital certificates, traffic isolation, physical security and encryption.
Enabling the IoT Solution Ecosystem
Enterprises and organizations implementing IoT must reduce payback period and increase ROI in order to justify deployments. By establishing inter-IoT solution policies with industry-leading operational technology and customer technology, solution providers’ organizations can more quickly realize IoT investment gains. Using a Ruckus IoT access network and solutions from Ruckus IoT ecosystem partners offer benefits to hotels, schools and universities, and smart cities by improving end user experiences.
“Our collaboration allows IoT users to experience a seamless integration between IBM’s IoT and analytics platform and edge devices supported by Ruckus’ IoT suite,” said Bernard Kufluk, Watson IoT platform product manager, IBM. “Users can now capture data from various edge devices, running on the Ruckus IoT network. Data can then be analyzed at the edge using IBM Watson’s IoT Edge Analytics, which is integrated with the Ruckus IoT Suite and in the cloud. We look forward to continuing this strong collaboration.”
“Our collaboration with Ruckus Networks enables our users to locate their items more rapidly, regardless of their location,” said Ravi Adusumilli, vice president of business development, Tile. “Our portfolio of Tile devices works flawlessly with the Ruckus IoT Suite to deliver a unique experience for our customers around the globe. Customers will now be able to track their things anywhere.”
“We are collaborating with Ruckus Networks to develop new innovative applications in key vertical markets for the Internet of Things,” said Philipp von Gilsa, CEO, Kontakt.io. “Our next-generation (sensor enriched) products promise to reduce the overall costs for asset tracking and location-based services without the need for costly radio networks and power-hungry GPS tracking solutions. We look forward to bringing these new innovations to market with Ruckus.”
“TrackR helps businesses locate assets tagged with TrackR devices anywhere in a building by leveraging the Ruckus IoT Suite,” said Christian Johan Smith, president & co-founder, TrackR. “Ruckus ecosystem partners can leverage TrackR in the Ruckus IoT environment to improve operational efficiency and engage customers like never before. Partnering with Ruckus Networks will provide our customers with a stronger, more robust Crowd Locate network, so finding things outside the home will be even faster and easier.”