HP Enterprise unveils IoT gateway devices

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has launched gateway devices and a cloud-based beacon management solution to help companies take advantage of the Internet of Things – and manage and secure the data coming from these devices.

Announcing the news at the HPE Discover event in London last week, HP took the wraps off Edgeline System EL 10 and EL 20 gateway devices, which has been manufactured in partnership with Intel. The devices are based on Intel’s IoT Gateway reference platform.

These gateways sit at the network edge and allow businesses to securely collect, analyse and forward sensor data, as well as control the deployed sensors in real time. The devices, available in rack-mounted, mobile or ruggedised form, are certified to work with the Microsoft Azure IoT suite.

The EL 10 is geared-up for entry-level deployments, while the EL 20 is being targeted at “more demanding, higher volume deployments”. The latter offers more computing power, and is apparently easier to install. HPE expects to release new, more advanced versions of Edgeline – which will support 5G when launched – in 2016.

HPE also rolled out a cloud-based beacon management system from Aruba, which HPE acquired earlier on in 2015, at the conference.

Aruba Sensors combine a small Wi-Fi client and Bluetooth LE radio and allows customers to remotely monitor and manage Aruba Beacons in an existing multi-vendor Wi-Fi environment from a single location (through Aruba’s Meridian cloud service interface).

When combined, these sensors and beacons supposedly allow any firm to introduce location-based services at the edge of their network, and combine them with business and analytics applications through Meridian.

HPE Edgeline IoT Systems are available in the UK, US, Europe and Japan immediately, and Aruba Sensors are available to pre-order now.

HPE demonstrated numerous vertical industry IoT solutions at the conference, and said that it is initially targeting the healthcare, energy (including oil & gas), manufacturing and retail markets.