The major difference between IoT Connectivity and Person-2-Person Connectivity is that P2P Connectivity is primarily a local business and IoT Connectivity is a cross-border or even a global business. The automotive industry, logistics companies or manufacturers of smart home devices are some of the major players in the IoT market. The market is the world, or at least a large part of it.
Providing global IoT connectivity, however, is a significant challenge, global IoT connectivity with short latency is an even more difficult attempt.
Network Operators have to work together and offer local breakouts in different regions of the world.
Long distances for signalling traffic have to be covered, which makes real-time rating difficult and expensive to implement. Most Network Operators fail to meet the increasing demands put on the BSS systems. Demands like the distribution of flexible and/ or static pools with large amounts of SIMs all over the world.
With the Global Rating Grid, MAVOCO has developed an innovative and unique “5G-ready”, real-time rating solution for the IoT industry. The grid consists of 5 main components, and multiple instances of each component are possible depending on the requirements.
The Online Usage Controller – A (OUC-A)
The OUC-A controls sessions, data, SMS or voice traffic via protocols such as Gy, Radius or Ro. In order to keep the signalling traffic routes short and without delays, the OUC-A should be installed next to service gateways such as PGW or SMSC. One OUC-A can supply several PGWs. EDRs (Event Data Records) are generated in each OUC-A. Depending on the customer’s needs, the time between the updates is regulated adaptively (Adaptive Grant Size Algorithm).
The Global Event Queue (GEQ)
The queue transports and distributes the EDRs safely and quickly. In case of a delay or an interruption, EDRs won’t be lost, they can be processed at a later point in time. The queue can be expanded as required and external parties can log on to it. EDRs can be consumed and processed by any number of parties. As a basis for rating, for a DWH or for connecting external parties. The Global Event Queue of the MAVOCO Connectivity Management Software is based on Kafka, which connects all components of our CMP.
EDRs are produced, inserted into the Global Event Queue (GEQ), transported, routed and sometimes also cloned and processed. The EDR Proxy takes over the routing and cloning processes. There are many reasons for cloning EDRs. As an example, cloning enables EDR delivery to external parties or it can be useful in complex billing models such as the SIM Twin Model in the automotive industry or Multi Subscription Models in 5G environments.
The Online Usage Controller – B (OUC-B)
OUC-B is the real-time rating engine of the MAVOCO Connectivity Management Software. Regardless of the system in which they were generated, EDRs can be processed here in real time. The rating models that our OUC-B offers go far beyond the classic telecom rating models. Postpaid, prepaid, wallet-based rating solutions as well as flex pools, static pools are just a few examples of our OUC-B services. The OUC-B not only processes classic telecom EDRs for data, SMS or voice, but can also process all kinds of events. Events from smart meters, sensors or signals from external software components.
CDRs from external sources can be integrated into the GEQ and can be then processed. In some cases, identification parameters have to be added or changed. The CDR Gateway is used to integrate and adapt external data sources for CDRs.
Benefits of MAVOCOs Online Rating
The architecture and state-of-the art technology used to run the Online Usage Controller makes this tool one of the fastest real-time usage counting systems in the industry. Our OUC performs under extremely high load as well as rough conditions created by specific database structures, server architecture and complex algorithms.
Our OUC is built to handle metrics, values and data from multiple industries and areas. We can count and charge telecom services like minutes, SMS, MBs as well as utility services like gas consumption in m3 or subscriptions and many others. This allows you to use the full power to nearly every industry worldwide.
With our strong telecom background we have fine-tuned our OUC to handle complex and heavy performance-oriented requirements. Other industries will profit from this orientation as well, therefore we enable them to count nearly everything in real time.
With our decades of knowledge in the telecommunications industry we have built our OUC to support and enable the most common and popular technologies that every telecom operator owns. Therefore, the Online Usage Controller can be quickly and easily integrated into existing systems and environments.
The whole system structure also enables other industries to connect to their standards and needs within a very short period of time.
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