Swisscom, Enea team for automated IoT service

Swisscom, Enea team for automated IoT service

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By Nick Flaherty


Swisscom is launching an automated IoT service for scalable, low cost secure connections for devices.  

The IoT service is based on technology from Swedish telecoms software pioneer Enea to make it affordable also for enterprises with smaller numbers of devices to connect through a reliable Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection

The Enea Aptilo Connectivity Control Service (IoT CCS) also allows selected traffic to pass directly to the Internet, protected by FortiGate, the next-generation Firewall from Fortinet.

Enterprises turn to mobile connectivity for applications since mobile systems are standardized and secure. However, most IoT applications are either quite basic, requiring only SIM management and connectivity control, or highly advanced and customized for individual customers. Stuck in the middle are networks that need value-adding security features, such as firewalling and getting traffic through dedicated VPN connections, at a reasonable cost.

The multitenancy private access point name (APN) functionality of the Enea Aptilo IoT CCS allows Swisscom to use a single APN for all its enterprise customers while delivering the traffic in one or many VPNs to each customer. As a result, IoT customers can also set up VPNs to send traffic to their partners, like an SD-WAN rather than a private APN.

From Swisscom’s perspective, the process of setting up a private APN is completely automated as the enterprise customers is handling their own Enterprise VPN setup through an online customer self-service.

“Delivering a private APN with an enterprise VPN is normally a tedious process for both the service provider and their enterprise customers, which can take weeks to complete. With Enea Aptilo IoT CCS, we can automate the delivery of VPNs for private APNs through a customer self-service portal,” said Philipp Rimli, Product Manager Swisscom.

“Many IoT projects start small, and the Enea Aptilo IoT CCS can be viewed as the glue that supports enterprise IoT deployments all the way from early trials to large-scale deployments. We are happy to partner with Swisscom and bring more advanced and secure cellular IoT connectivity services cost-effectively to more enterprise customers,” said Roland Steiner, SVP and Head of Telecom at Enea.;


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