When Movtek looked to develop a solution that would deliver a frictionless and secure solution for hoteliers, landlords and tenants alike, they turned to Pelion in order to deliver a more feature-rich concept to market sooner.

Movtek’s product innovation team of two Software Engineers, a Hardware Engineer and a Mechanical Engineer were deft at creating solutions for smart spaces but understandably lacked the necessary experience to concern themselves with low-level drivers and a deep understanding of the technical specifications required to build a secure IoT deployment. Which is why they utilized Pelion’s expertise as a catalyst to complement their existing team.

“The resource offered by Pelion’s Field Application Engineers made up at least 60% of the project’s resource, while their best practice approach to a secure IoT ecosystem allowed us to develop a more mature and secure solution far sooner.”

Arnong Lau, Chief Executive – Movtek

The solution

Movtek’s TL8 smart building ecosystem consists of door locks, gateways, presence sensors, and an SOS button for use in residential and commercial deployments. Smart locks allow hotels to remain secure by updating passcodes remotely upon checkout. The ecosystem can also streamline processes for landlords offering longer tenancy periods by offering frictionless invoicing and remote meter readings.

Pre-integrated communications modules – both Wi-Fi and NB-IoT, the emerging low-power radio technology specifically developed to enable a wide range of constrained devices – offered powerful communications flexibility.

Together, these delivered seamless access to existing coverage whilst also enabling the product range to transition to emerging technology, all without wasting time and resources on protocol stack porting. Movtek’s agile team of five relied upon the insights offered by Pelion’s Field application Engineers to specify the ideal MPU, and relied on Pelion’s Command Line and Manifest Tools to reduce development time and help focus on their ideal solution rather than low-level drivers.

Easy installation is a key motivator in early smart lock adoption, which involves battery-powered devices circumventing the cost and complication of routing power cables to individual doors. This, in turn, creates a headache for landlords and hoteliers who have to spend time replacing batteries, sometimes in remote locations. Thankfully, Arm’s Cortex M4 MPU’s low power consumption was key to ensuring two tiny CR123A batteries could run for a full year without replacement.

“The ability to remotely manage an estate of locks is essential for our clients, especially remotely located AirBnB operators who may not be able to physically interact with a lock. This frictionless experience combined with a secure lifecycle is helping us build confidence with adopters of the technology sooner than envisioned..”

Arnong Lau

Security locked down

A physically secure device can be easily compromised if it’s not digitally secure. Which is why Movtek looked to the Pelion IoT platform to secure their devices not just from chip to cloud, but also through their entire life cycle.

Secure factory provisioning meant that Movtek can configure thousands of locks with unique cryptographic identities and the ability to connect with the Pelion Device Management Platform before they leave the factory.
Each device is assigned a unique signature proving their source, and public key identity information that ensures all device interactions and the data gathered is fully trusted.

Once in the field, locks are encrypted by TLS communication, and firmware updates deliver additional functionality and security patches in response to evolving threats.

Next steps

The flexibility in communication has meant that individual end-users can utilize available WiFi and NB-IoT networks. Additionally, Movtek will utilize Pelion IoT Connectivity to deliver 3G connected locks that can offer security without an established network. Arm’s managed IoT connectivity service, comprising of more than 600 networks empowers Movtek to target larger, multinational hoteliers and landlords regardless of where in the world their accommodation is located.

Access Pelion Device Management free tier

Get hands-on experience of the Pelion Device Management services, starting with a development board running Mbed OS.

– Connect and manage up to 100 IoT devices, choosing from a range of connectivity and MCU options.
– Carry out 200 firmware updates per month, with robust and easy-to-define FOTA campaigns.
– Communicate with your devices using up to 300,000 CoAP transaction messages per month.