Eseye platform eases global IoT deployments

  • May 25, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

IoT connectivity firm Eseye has launched a connectivity platform that delivers a single, customisable and scalable network for global IoT deployments.

Until now, IoT has been hampered by its complexity with devices, global connectivity and security. Now, UK firm Eseye’s Infinity platform lets users easily scale and evolve their IoT deployment to suit their needs, empowering them to make the right carrier choices wherever they are in the world.

With Infinity, organisations can right-size, change and optimise connectivity as their requirements, the market and technology evolve. Single-pane-of-glass visibility and centralised reporting ensure the platform captures and manages everything, using analytics and AI, which in turn reduces service overheads across global IoT estates, cutting the total cost of ownership.

The all-in-one-place IoT platform approach means users can manage existing legacy SIMs, as well as Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs and emerging iSIMs.

“Eseye provides customers a single platform for easily deploying devices around the world, choosing and switching providers, and implementing policies from a single pane of glass,” said John Gole, IoT research director at IDC. “Eseye claims it can remove complexity from connectivity, while increasing flexibility and delivering better results. It serves enterprises across many verticals and use cases. Past projects have included Amazon’s network of Lockers, Shell Recharge’s network of electric vehicle chargers and Itron’s smart meters.”

With Infinity, organisations can connect anywhere, giving them a choice of mobile networks and platform integrations. Direct multiple MNO interconnects mean users can connect to a wide range of operators to deliver a blend of localised and roaming connectivity, as well as integrating with existing provider platforms including Jasper, Vodafone GDSP and Ericsson DCP. Today, Eseye ‘s selection of network localisation options includes Verizon, MTN and Telstra, to help users deploy IoT around the world and eliminate the risks associated with permanent roaming.

Additionally, Infinity’s BYOC bring-your-own-contract capabilities let users import existing MNO contracts into the platform. This puts organisations in control of commercial decision making and lets them customise network connectivity options to meet their requirements, while allowing them to bring negotiated rates from their existing carriers.

Additionally, organisations can fill any connectivity gaps via Eseye’s AnyNet Federation, which provides access to over 700 networks around the world.

Infinity is built on decades of deep IoT hardware and connectivity expertise, giving users fine-grain control over their IoT business policy. Organisations can define IoT policy centrally, then automatically deploy to the edge, while optimising connectivity, quality of service and price, device by device.

Infinity’s software-defined network enables fast onboarding of MNOs, while connectivity and network optimisation deliver dynamic network switching-as-a-service. The platform also provides more connectivity options, which protects IoT investment by enabling the addition of private 5G and LTE networks and other wireless technologies as the market evolves.

IoT security is an issue that many enterprises grapple with and Infinity delivers low-latency device-to-cloud connectivity, security and routing. Users also benefit from support for GDPR, data sovereignty and other regulatory requirements. Built-in enterprise policy control and management to the edge provides API integrations with security and other enterprise applications, such as Armis for asset visibility and agentless security.

“We’ve witnessed strong demand from enterprises who need to be better equipped to reduce the complexity of their global IoT deployments,” said Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye. “This has been one of the biggest barriers to large-scale project rollouts. Our next gen Infinity platform simplifies global connectivity on a game-changing scale, elegantly solving the problems of carrier lock-in, connectivity and security. The platform is designed to deliver any flavour of IoT connectivity, so customers have total flexibility as the shape and scale of their deployment evolves. We’ve also made sure that we future proof our customers’ investment with a rapid method to integrate other wireless IoT technologies, such as private 5G LTE and satellite.”

The platform and service come in two versions. Infinity Flex is for companies with mid-size deployments and is suitable for those who need to get started quickly and have pre-defined pricing and support. Infinity Enterprise is for global or multi-regional enterprise IoT projects, or those with more complex deployment or hardware needs.

Instavolt, the provider of a UK owner-operated rapid EV charging network, has seen use grow exponentially post-Covid. InstaVolt chose Eseye’s connectivity to power its growing estate of EV fast-charge points, which are embedded with Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs designed to operate in the field for up to 30 years.

“The AnyNet+ SIM embedded in our charge points offers the ability to network, manage and effectively switch connectivity to another provider, if needed,” said Gary Kirkland, CTO of InstaVolt. “This ensures our chargers have high uptime wherever they are located, and our customers can simply tap, charge and drive.”