Nordic Semiconductor has announced a collaboration with Kraków, Poland-based AVSystem to ease the development and management of IoT solutions. The companies are initially working to ensure seamless interoperable Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) connectivity between Nordic’s nRF Connect SDK (Software Development Kit) and the Coiote IoT device management platform when designing IoT devices based on the nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP). Further collaboration will make it easier for developers to use Nordic’s cellular IoT technology for a wider range of emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) applications in the logistics and industrial automation sectors, among others.
The nRF Connect SDK is a software development kit for building cellular IoT (and Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, and Zigbee) products. The nRF9160 is a low power SiP with an integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS targeted at a wide range of single-device cellular IoT designs. Coiote IoT Device Management is a highly scalable platform for complete IoT device lifecycle management.
“The collaboration enables us to accelerate the development of application services and capabilities, for example, in asset tracking and Machine Learning applications, or delivering advanced device diagnostics”, said Joel Stapleton, Nordic Semiconductor.
Protocol optimization and interoperability
The companies’ work together has already resulted in an automated regression test framework to validate LwM2M client and server implementations and ensure protocol optimization and interoperability for developers. (Automated regression testing eliminates the tedious, resource-intensive, and time-consuming process of manually retesting an entire system after a new feature or fix is implemented.) Nordic uses remote interfaces to AVSystem’s Coiote IoT platform to initiate tests and extract results to measure performance and meet quality criteria. In this way, validation is automated and can be more efficiently used for new feature testing and the prevention of regressions in existing features.
Further collaboration will ensure that AVSystem’s cellular IoT device management and the application services delivered with the LwM2M protocol have been tested for function and performance in a real-world IoT network using Nordic-powered applications. This will give developers confidence in the implementation of the standard and ensures product-ready support from the nRF Connect SDK and the Coiote IoT device management platform for building new IoT applications.
A product-ready solution
“By working with AVSystem, we aim to give our customers a more complete and product-ready solution for their IoT applications,” says Joel Stapleton, Principal Engineering Manager, Nordic Semiconductor. “The collaboration enables us to accelerate the development of application services and capabilities, for example, in asset tracking and Machine Learning applications or delivering advanced device diagnostics. We can also continuously validate solutions to lower the investments customers need to make to build their platforms.”
“AVSystem’s Coiote IoT device management platform provides our customers today with a scalable, efficient and full featured solution,” says Marcin Nagy, IoT Product Director, AVSystem. “The collaboration with Nordic means we have a device vendor counterpart with whom to validate protocol implementations. This is the key for open standards, and ensures we can accelerate the product readiness of new capabilities.”