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Acklio showcases a distributed IP-based IoT architecture with Thales

Acklio offers software solutions for IoT infrastructure networks. Our ambition: an IoT with no compromise, based on standard technologies, so that IoT players no longer have to choose between interoperability, scalability, and security.

Bringing IP-based protocols to your IoT architecture.

Behind Acklio's innovations: a new compression and fragmentation technology called SCHC (pronounced "chic"). It allows IP technologies to be transported over the emerging long-range IoT networks (LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1, Sigfox, etc.). While this technology is on the verge of becoming an IETF standard, Acklio is the first to value it into an industry-ready software suite.

Demo with Thales: a distributed IP-based secure IoT architecture

Acklio collaborated with Thales’s Integrated Communication and Supervision domain for a railway digitization use case. They address the collection of measures from sensors installed in train stations, alongside railway tracks, and on signaling equipment. Together, we set up a multi-site IoT architecture that allows encrypted bi-directional data exchanges between the cloud and the sensors, as well as between sensors with the following characteristics: 

  • A distributed core network architecture, with local edge processing at gateways, for decision making risk-free of Internet backhaul latency or unavailability.
  • Centralized device management with LwM2M.
  • Retrieval of all data in a central cloud solution for recording, mass processing, and analysis.
  • Protocols adaptation to use Modbus and OPC-UA over LoRaWAN. This adaptation layer is managed by the Acklio firmware running on the end device, and the Acklio micro IP Core embedded in the gateway. It encapsulates the application packets in SCHC messages transmitted over LoRaWAN. 
  • Enhanced security is provided by Thales with embed secure element and secure communication modem.

The collaboration brings 3 main differentiators to the Thales offer.

  • Central management of the network, with multi-site device authentication, enrollment and device lifecycle management.
  • Autonomy and responsiveness of the automation systems with local decision-making on local gateways.
  • Protocol adaptation over LPWAN connectivity to migrate wired or short-range wireless devices to LPWAN networks and/or densify a deployment of existing connected devices with LPWAN devices. Here, the "IPisation" of devices for convenient uplink/downlink management and use of legacy Modbus and OPC-UA protocols.

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