Libelium presents a new cloud connectivity service: the Hive. This new service is framed on Libelium’s strategy to offer higher value-added services to the entire chain of IoT key players.
Libelium Cloud Hive allows users to send information from any IoT device to the main worldwide cloud platforms simultaneously and without having to implement each specific cloud protocol or authentication methology, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Cumulocity, IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure, MQTT, SAP by Techedge and Telefonica.
Due to the importance that device connectivity and improved cloud services represent for the growth of the IoT market, the new Hive service allows devices to have direct, secure and reliable connectivity to the cloud, guaranteeing end to end data privacy.
David Gascón, Libelium CTO, highlights the greater connectivity, enhanced data security and online device control that the Hive provides to speed up the IoT adoption. “IoT projects can benefit now from being compatible with any cloud platform just supporting one HTTPS call and even more, all the messages are point to point encrypted so developers do not have to cope with security issues,” states Gascón.
By simply using a unique HTTPS request, any device using NB-IoT, 4G or WiFi can be connected to the main worldwide cloud platforms without having to support their own specific connectivity protocols just by sending the data to a unique Internet server “the Hive”. The system is even compatible with other wireless protocols that do not support HTTP calls such as LoRaWAN, ZigBee, or Sigfox. A middleware may be installed in gateways, base stations and servers to connect these LPWAN networks with the Hive.
Libelium Cloud Hive Connectivity Diagram
Security is a key factor in the Hive. The nodes implement double encryption methodology. One between the node and the Hive and the second one between the node and the final cloud. This way, the information remains encrypted during the entire transfer and can only be read on its final destination.
Data route to the Cloud
NB-IoT / 4G / WiFi
➜ Direct HTTPS request ➜ HIVE ➜ Final Clouds
➜ Gateway with Hive middleware ➜ HIVE ➜ Final Clouds
➜ Base Station with Hive middleware ➜ HIVE ➜ Final Clouds
➜ Server with Hive middleware ➜ HIVE ➜ Final Clouds
An online Demo of the Hive can be found in the Libelium website. Users can subscribe to “Libelium Cloud Hive” on The IoT Marketplace through an annual freemium license. By accessing Libelium Services Cloud Manager users activate the license, choose the different Plug&Sense! nodes to be connected, select the cloud to send the data, schedule data delivery from the Programming Cloud Service or even manage different projects for the same cloud.
In 2017 Libelium began growing its solutions portfolio with software services to give intelligence to its sensor devices such as the Programming Cloud Service that allows IoT devices programming from the Cloud in just minutes without code writing experience.