IoT Mediation and Orchestration
Mind Commerce sees Telecom and Computing Mediation and Orchestration as an important function in many areas.
Mediation for IoT includes the AAA function, consisting of end-user and/or business driven preferences and identity management.
Other important functions include security and privacy control. All of these functions, while separate and distinct, may reside physically in the same platform or exist separately and communicate over APIs.
This figure provides a view into the network topology for IoT Mediation involving telecom networks.
An IoT Mediation Platform is interconnected to telephony assets such as the switching and RAN systems as well as various databases such as Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and others.
IoT Mediation also requires interface to various databases including IoT Identity Management, Preference Management, and others. The diagram illustrates the need for various mediation functions including AAA (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting) as well as data brokering in a Data as a Service (DaaS) model.
The platform also connects to different IoT assets such as the IoT Gateway depicted in this illustration.
Mind Commerce sees IoT driving mediation services to evolve with respect to support for sharing of data within, between, and across industries. This evolution goes well-beyond mediation between platforms and devices to include mediation between systems, networks, cross-vendor, and cross enterprise.
Phase One of IoT Mediation
This diagram illustrates the first stage in the evolution of IoT Mediation in which there is very little exchange of data for lack of a federated approach to mediation.
This stage is characterized by standalone sensors, security technologies and procedures, and IoT data management. There is also limited post-processing of shared data across/between industries.
As mediation systems are put into place, Mind Commerce sees the ecosystem evolving to the second stage in which there is data sharing between certain leading industries.
This is depicted below as Mind Commerce anticipates an increasing number of cross industry IoT interactions. However, industries at this stage are very closely associate with one another and share the same projects and initiatives relative to IoT such as industrial automation.
Phase Two of IoT Mediation
This second stage of IoT Mediation involves post-processing of data that relies upon AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting) procedures to determine what business entity is allowed to obtain what data, under what circumstances, and for what cost.
Authentication: The process where an entity's identity is authenticated
Authorization: The function that determines whether a particular entity is authorized to perform a given activity
Accounting: Rating and billing, clearing and settlement, and other financial related functions
Per Service Level Agreements (SLA), some data is allowed as real-time and some is only allowed as static or delayed. Likewise, SLAs define what data must be anonymized.
Phase Three of IoT Mediation
In the third stage of evolution, Mind Commerce sees an ever increasing amount of data sharing between industries and even across companies within a given industry.
A spirit of coopetition will emerge as competitors realize that they must share each other’s data, but only in a way that preserves security and privacy for consumers and enterprise as well as protecting corporate trade secrets.
This is the role of the IoT Mediation function and the companies that provide this critical, centralized role for IoT data management.