IoT & Waste Management: Discover More at the RWM Resource Revolution

Alliot & BrighterBins join IoT & Waste Management

We’re partnering with BrighterBins to demonstrate the benefits of IoT and waste management at the RWM Resource Revoloution show later this week. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 22nd and 23rd September, we’ve summarised what you can expect from the show.

What is the RWM Resource Revolution, and why should I attend?

The RWM Resource Revolution is the UK’s largest recycling, resource and waste management event. Featuring over 100 expert speakers and over 500 exhibitors, the show brings together experts from the waste management, resource and recycling industries.

Sustainability is a hot topic right now, and many companies and organisations are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The RWM event provides a platform for the latest technologies, practices and innovations, making it a great place to learn more about the latest topics, trends and solutions in the industry.

BrighterBins & Alliot at the RWM

As the UK’s sole distributor for BrighterBins, we will be partnering with them on stand 5-U160 at the RWM Resource Revolution show. With their innovative waste management solution, BrighterBins join together IoT and waste management to provide a truly unique, smart solution. The simple to install device operates by a wireless LoRaWAN® network, and is designed to optimise your waste collections. Adaptable to suit a wide range of bins, the BrighterBins waste management solution can be used to:

  • Prevent overflowing bins, helping to keep towns and cities clean
  • Optimise collection routes
  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Reduce costs

With a battery life of up to 8 years (dependent on transmission rates) the BrighterBins smart waste solution is open-API compatible, enabling you to integrate it with any third-party platform.

IoT offers some huge benefits when it comes to optimising your operational efficiencies. To arrange a meeting with us at the show or to find out more about improving your sustainability with IoT get in touch with our expert team.

Our experts are on hand to help you every step of the way
Lets talk

Download your FREE Alliot IoT Product Catalogue!

Alliot IoT Product Catalogue

Download your FREE copy of our IoT Product Catalogue now! With easy break downs of Smart categories to find exactly what you are looking for.

To access our comprehensive list of the latest IoT sensors, gateways and dashboards simply click the link below. Categorised under the relevant use cases, our IoT product catalogue is easy to navigate, helping you to select your exact devices for your solution.

 
Having trouble building your Solution? Speak to a member of our expert technical sales team on  +44 (0)1484 599544  or contact our team.

Alternatively you can view many of our products and find out more details in our product listings.

Our experts are on hand to help you every step of the way
Lets talk

Keeping LoRaWAN keys safe with the Alliot Key Management System

Any LoRaWAN device needs keys in order to work. They are an integral part of the protocol and used to keep data secure and to authorise devices to be able to connect to your IoT system. LoRaWAN key management is an important consideration.

Nearly all LoRaWAN devices connect to a Network Server using an Over-The-Air-Activation process referred to as OTAA. Amongst other things, this uses an AppKey to authenticate your device and as a basis for data encryption for all communication between the device and your server.

Currently, whenever you buy a LoRaWAN device you need to be given the AppEUI (or JoinEUI as it is known in LoRaWAN 1.1) and the AppKey. It is important that this is done in a secure way. If someone is able to intercept your keys then they can compromise the security of your IoT system.

At Alliot we care so much about your security that we have built a secure service to deliver keys to our customers.

Our LoRaWAN Key Management System (KMS) is free to use for our customers, whenever you buy sensors from us (whether we have provisioned new keys or the devices are using the manufacturer’s default keys), we will load the keys into KMS for you to log in and retrieve whenever you want.

Alliot LoRaWAN Key Management System Screenshot
(Note; the data in this screenshot is fake test data!)

How is This Secure?

Our KMS system offers the following security features:

  • Hardened web server with HTTPS only communication. All access to the KMS web software is over HTTPS, we use modern certificates with only modern, secure ciphers enabled. We regularly run our servers through the Qualys SSL-Labs web server testing tool. Our server is given the highest A+ rating. (See screenshot below).
  • Password hashing and enforced long, secure passwords. We only ever store login passwords hashed with unique salt and many thousand iterations of hashing. This means that there is essentially no way of someone cracking passwords. I have to use the word “essentially” as nothing is impossible but it would take even the most powerful super-computers billions of years to do! We enforce the use of long, random passwords, this seems like an inconvenience but it is the only way of making sure people don’t compromise their own security by using easy to guess passwords. If you aren’t already then please use a password manager tool such as https://bitwarden.com/, https://www.lastpass.com/ or similar.
  • Brute force protection and “back door” access protection. We rate limit login attempts to mean brute force guessing of passwords is basically impossible (this only works when long, random passwords are used as above). We audit our servers and ensure that there are no unnecessary services running, any necessary services (such as ssh) are locked down, monitored and rate limited and administrative logins to servers for our staff are carefully managed.
  • A no login sharing policy. We insist that our customers use individual logins rather than generic per company logins. Each individual login will see the stored keys for the whole customer. The reason for this is two fold. On one hand it discourages people from keeping login passwords in publicly accessible places or emails for their staff to share. On the other hand it gives us an audit trial of who is doing what on the server if we ever need it.
  • The LoRaWAN keys themselves are stored in a database for retrieval. They are stored using modern, secure encryption methods and master keys are kept securely and not obtainable by unauthorised staff. We rotate the encryption keys periodically.
Qualys SSL Labs result for Alliot LoRaWAN Key Management Server
(Screenshot of Qualys SSL Labs results as of 24th May 2021)

This only covers part of the story. It is important that customers are handling keys securely once they have obtained them. Our LoRaWAN Key Management system means you do not even need to attempt to store keys yourself, if you need them again just login to our system at any time. However, it’s still important to make sure that when you are loading keys into whatever LoRaWAN platform you use, that it is secure itself. Feel free to speak to us for recommendations.

Lastly, it’s worth talking about the standardisation of a secure method of device provisioning and key distribution that the https://lora-alliance.org/ have worked on. This involves manufacturers (or potentially distributors such as ourselves) to operate Join Servers which handle the authentication of devices into any LoRaWAN Network Server. It decouples the authentication and encryption setup process from the Network Server and Application Servers meaning the LNS itself does not need to even know the keys anymore. This will add a whole new level of security to LoRaWAN and is a worthwhile addition to the protocol. But it relies on hardware changes to devices, widespread implementation of LoRaWAN 1.1 on devices and servers and adoption by network providers and manufacturers. So we feel that it will come but it will be some time in the future when all LoRaWAN devices and services are using it. Certainly once it is viable outside of the laboratory, we will be offering it to our customers and we lobby manufacturers to accelerate adoption of new specifications such as this.

The Alliot KMS service is available to any customers buying LoRaWAN devices from us. Please Contact Us to get started.

Take Remote Control with NKE’s LoRaWAN Smart Plug

Remote Control Plug

We’ve had lots of requests for a UK variant of a LoRaWAN® Smart Plug. Up until now, these have been hard to come by… make way for the new NKE UK LoRaWAN® Smart Plug! Now it’s here, we’d like to share some of the key features and benefits of this hotly anticipated LoRaWAN® sensor with you.

What is the NKE Smart Plug?

Typically speaking, a Smart Plug is a small adapter that is plugged into a regular electrical wall outlet. Smart Plugs enable you to remotely control connected devices or appliances.

The NKE Smart Plug connects to a public or private LoRaWAN® network to enable you to remotely control connected devices. It also monitors power consumption and power quality measurements such as average/min/max voltage (rms/peak) and frequency.

Uses of Remote Control Plugs

There are many uses for remote control plugs. The NKE Smart Plug is CE certified and is ideal for both domestic and commercial environments. Some example use cases include:

  • Remotely manage the operation of common household electrical appliances
  • Identify areas for improving energy efficiencies
  • Reduce carbon footprints in large office environments by identifying and remotely controlling equipment which may be left running
  • Save money on energy bills in empty premises where appliances may still be connected to power
  • Remotely schedule the hours you want devices to be connected to power with remote power scheduling

We work closely with our partners to help you access the products you need. Our close working relationships with some of the world’s leading manufacturers enable us to help you source and develop the products you require. If there’s something missing from your project contact our expert team to find out how we can help.

Alliot Strike Gold with RAKwireless

Alliot - RAKwireless Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have announced our new partnership with RAKwireless this week. Our new agreement sees Alliot receive the Gold-Level Value Added Reseller status. Find out more about our latest partner news in this short blog.

Who are RAKwireless?

RAK are pioneers in providing innovative and diverse cellular and LoRa connectivity solutions for IoT edge devices. Established in Shenzen, China, in 2014, RAK’s mission is to develop and supply advanced IoT technology and services to the market.

Working together

Our new partnership with RAK sees us add the entire range of IoT sensors and gateways to our portfolio.

“At RAK we value diversity. We collaborate with different partners and we invest time to talk to our partners to understand their unique requirements and help them to realise the business models they need. Our partnership with Alliot strengthens our ideal of working together with partners, no matter how big or small, to accelerate IoT industry progress.”

Ken Yu, CEO of RAKwireless

Alliot Video – LoRaWAN Sensor types

The second part to our educational video series is now live, giving you a glimpse into what is possible with LoRaWAN sensor types and the things that can be done with them.

At Alliot we strive to bring you the very best in IoT LoRaWAN sensors to give you the options to build you perfect solution. All of our team members  have expert knowledge on all our stocked devices through advanced and rigorous testing. With Alliot you can rest assured know that your devices will work with whatever it is you have planned.Our team are available to answer any query you may have about these devices as well as suggest the best products for your project.

Video Transcript – LoRaWAN Sensor Types

LoRaWAN Sensors and what can be done with them

LoRaWAN sensors come in many shapes, sizes and functionality.

Whether you’re looking to monitor air quality, vibration, energy, water flow, soil moisture or even track your assets and livestock. Alliot has the LoRaWAN sensor for you.

The possibilities LoRaWAN sensors present is virtually endless. Using LoRaWAN, sensors can be configured to send recorded data at specific intervals to your LoRaWAN network. Enabling you to monitor and analyse your environment to better improve your efficiencies and productivity.

So what are some of the things you can do with LoRaWAN sensors?

How about tracking the many assets in your warehouse? Such as a forklift, that Dave has left at the back of the warehouse again or maybe?

Amara accidentally left the heating on over the weekend and its costing the company money?

Or how about so Farmer Ted knows when his crops need more water or even more fertilizer.

Maybe even the local council who would like to monitor traffic through the city centre.

LoRaWAN sensors are able to monitor all of these and more, providing you with informative data which you can act on.

Sitting on their own network, LoRaWAN sensors can be quickly installed with little disruption your existing infrastructure – saving you time and money. We can even provision them for you so they’re ready to install straight out of the box!

LoRaWAN sensors have many uses and can help solve all kinds of challenges you might face day to day within your business. Contact our expert team today to find out more about our range of LoRaWAN sensors and beginning your IoT journey.

I hope you found this video informative, please like and subscribe to our channel to stay up to date with all our future videos.

 

Alliot Become Kerlink Gold Partner

Alliot become Kerlink Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gold Partner Status by Kerlink. Find out more about our recent accreditation in this short blog.

Who are Kerlink?

Based in France, Kerlink is a fast-growing, global brand. Their main focus is around gateways and their industry-leading Wanesy network server. Kerlink’s offering supports the design, launch and operation of many IoT solutions. As founding and board members of the LoRa Alliance, they are leaders in their field.

Operating a tiered partner system, Kerlink base their partner statuses on company performance.

Growth for Alliot & Kerlink

Alliot first became a Kerlink partner in October 2019. Since then our sales and business has gone from strength to strength, helping us to achieve the Kerlink gold partner status!

Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past 12 months, we’ve been lucky to have worked with many of our partners to deliver some really innovative projects. Kerlink’s products play a pivotal role in our offering, helping to bring solutions to life. With LoRaWAN gateways for indoor and outdoor use, the Wanesy management centre and the Wanesy Wave tracking solution, Kerlink are an important asset to any IoT set up.

We look forward to further developing our relationship throughout 2021 and growing Kerlink business throughout the UK and Europe.

Discount trade prices available
Speak to the team

Get Started with Alliot’s IoT Starter Packs

Here at Alliot, we know that it’s not always straight forward to adopt new technologies. The Internet of Things provides an endless amount of possibilities, but realising the actual capabilities can be a hurdle for some. We’ve developed a new range of IoT starter kits all designed to help you gain that all important seal of approval.

Created with local authorities in mind, our Smart Town and City IoT starter packs have been carefully constructed to enable you to illustrate the benefits IoT can bring to your applications. Covering areas such as air quality monitoring, irrigation, pest control and people/traffic counting our packs are ideal for those looking to get started in IoT, helping you to quickly demonstrate the possibilities LoRaWAN® can bring to your projects.

Available in three different variants, our IoT starter packs consist of the following hardware.

  Smart Town and City Bronze IoT Starter Pack
BRONZE
Smart Town and City Silver IoT Starter Pack
SILVER
Smart Town and City Gold IoT Starter Pack
GOLD
Occupancy
Air Quality
(Indoor)

(Indoor)

(Outdoor)
Pest Control
Smart Parking
Smart Utilities
Smart Parks
Smart Waste
Flood Alert
Asset Tracking
Legionella Monitoring
Gateway
(Indoor)

(Outdoor)

(Outdoor)

All of our Smart Town and Cities IoT Starter Packs are supplied with 3 months access to Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre and 3 months complimentary use of City Nexus’ visualisation tool*.

*Use of City Nexus’ dashboard service after initial 3 month introductory offer will be charged annually on a license-based service.

What does LoRaWAN® offer to Smart Towns & Cities?

LoRaWAN® networks are now widely available across many towns and cities throughout the world. These networks are accessible to all and offer a low power, wide area network meaning the sensors you deploy can transmit data to connected gateways over an area of up to 10 kms. This enables you to deploy various sensors throughout your area. Your deployed sensors could be monitoring different parameters, but they can all communicate to the same gateway. Recorded data is then transmitted via a LoRaWAN® network to your chosen analytics dashboard. From the dashboard, you can then visualise the data, identify potential issues and action the appropriate response.

What’s more, LoRaWAN® devices can be integrated with your existing infrastructure without the need to run expensive cabling – minimising disruption.

Data recorded by LoRaWAN® IoT Sensors can be used by local authorities to:

  • Raise alerts to unusual patterns in data eg. air pollution levels.
  • Improve operational efficiencies and streamline processes such as waste management programmes.
  • Make more informed decisions and allow different departments to collaborate and share information securely.
  • Create a reliable, automated process to ensure data records are always maintained and kept up to date.

The Benefits of IoT Starter Packs

IoT Starter kits are a great way to quickly demonstrate and test your IoT solutions before scaling them to fit your projects. Compiled of industry leading hardware and access to a visualisation platform, our proof of concept kits are an excellent place to get started. Along with our Smart Town and City starter packs, we also offer a range of proof of concept kits and can work with you to develop your very own bespoke solution.

Ready to Scale Your Solution? We’re Here to Help.

Our expert team are on hand to assist you every step of the way. From proof of concept, to sensor suitability and deployment, our specialists can help you to bring your IoT projects to life.

Our experts are on hand to help you every step of the way
Lets talk

What is LoRaWAN? – Video Release

What is LoRaWAN?

With the new year comes many new opportunities, you may be looking to upgrade your business into a smart business using LoRaWAN sensors to aid in your decision making.

If you have ever wondered what LoRaWAN is then look no further. We here at Alliot are aware that in the modern world, time is precious. Information needs to be delivered fast and be responsive, much like a LoRaWAN network. That’s why we have created a short informative video to explain LoRaWAN just for you. So watch out for our next installments in our video series on youtube as well as our social media.

Video Transcript

What is LoRaWAN?
LoRaWAN stands for Long Range Wide Area Network and is a communication protocol designed to operate over LoRa radio. Which is essentially a Long-range modulation to get information through the air over long ranges whilst using very little power.

What makes up a LoRaWAN network?
Typically a LoRaWAN Network consists of lots of devices or sensors, a number of radio gateways and a Network Server that enables all components to communicate. These connected devices gather small packets of data which are then transmitted via the cloud and presented in a user-friendly way, most commonly by a dashboard.

So why choose to use LoRaWAN?
Working with a LoRaWAN network offers many benefits with improved range of sensors with distances up to 10+ Kilometers. As well as being a wireless system with little set up which can remotely be done via a dashboard. LoRaWAN networks also integrate seamlessly into existing network infrastructure with plug and play features.#

What’s more LoRaWAN sensors are powered by internal batteries allowing for reduced maintenance as data is transmitted periodically, helping to save battery life. With batteries typically lasting multiple years, some lasting 5+ years!

And as you know lower maintenance means cheaper costs and less headaches for you. LoRaWAN & Alliot help you with all of this & more!

I hope you found this video informative and please like and subscribe to our channel to stay up to date with all of our future videos.

Join Alliot at The Things Conference 2021

With just under two weeks to go until the world’s largest LoRaWAN event goes live, we’ve been taking a look at what the event has to offer. Find out why we think The Things Conference 2021 is this year’s must attend event.

Having sponsored The Things Conference in Amsterdam last year, we were incredibly impressed with the quality of the content provided throughout the event. We won’t be jumping on a place to Amsterdam this year unfortunately, but with a new virtual approach it’s expected the event will attract over 15,000 IoT professionals from around the world! Taking place from 25th – 29th January 2021, this year’s Things Conference is set to be a great event jam packed with the latest news, products and tech developments.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Things Conference 2021

  1. Hear from some of the world’s leading experts about the truth behind creating LoRaWAN solutions. Discover what can cause the biggest headaches, and how to avoid the biggest pitfalls.

  2. The Things Conference 2021 is a content-led event, aiming to provide insightful, educational information to inspire its attendees. All attendees can access a wide variety of workshops, presentations and demos to help you to develop your LoRaWAN knowledge. Our very own Technical Director, Paul Hayes will be hosting a workshop on what to look for when choosing your LoRaWAN devices. Join him on Monday 25th January at 3:45 pm to hear more.

    The full conference schedule can be viewed on The Things Conference 2021 website.


  3. Discover the latest LoRaWAN products on The Things Conference 2021 Wall of Fame. Featuring the latest and greatest IoT hardware, the virtual Wall of Fame provides all the vital information you need to know about the newest LoRaWAN products.

  4. The Internet of Things Podcaster, Stacey Higginbotham will be hosting a series of interviews throughout the conference. Tune in to hear our Business Development Manager, Robert Ferriday’s top tips for ensuring practical LoRaWAN deployments.

  5. Connecting with others in the industry can be difficult under the current COVID-19 restrictions. With curated matchmaking and online networking areas, you can be sure you’ll be connected to the people most suited to your requirements. It’s also a great opportunity to join small groups to discuss specific LoRaWAN topics with like-minded individuals.

Registration couldn’t be easier, simply register online today to start planning your schedule for The Things Conference 2021. For a 20% discount on your ticket price enter our discount code: TTC2021-FRIEND-OF-ALLIOT at the checkout.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! To schedule a meeting with a member of our team please get in touch.