Provisioning

Introduction

Resource type feature allows you to group resources. Every resource that belongs to a particular resource type will inherit all metadata from its resource type. You can also associate templates with resource type, which will automatically create tasks (if templates are added to that resource type) or delete tasks (if templates are removed from that resource type) for every resource, which is part of that group. Tasks that are automatically created via resource type can be seen in the task overview as Managed tasks.

Provisioning

Provisioning involves the process of preparing and equipping a network and a device to allow it to provide (new) services to its users.

Technically speaking, that implies creating a relation between physical (IoT) device, customer information database (CRM), asset and service database on top of which the service is created. From that perspective, IoT platform is just one part of much bigger puzzle.

Important thing to note is that there is no one-way of doing these sort of things. There is a huge variety of systems and applications in the field, so in waylay we try not to be too smart about it - in sense of enforcing one particular provisioning process. Rather, waylay provides set of API calls and best practises, that help our customers implement efficient provisioning process.

First time provisioning

For first time provisioning, we use a great feature of waylay - automatic task creation for new resources, based on the resource type. That simply means that every time new resource is discovered, which is associated with a particular resource type, all tasks for that resource are automaticaly created.

The question arises on how to decide which resource belongs to which resource type? Potentially, we want to run different provisioning templates for different resource types, which means that at very beginning we need to decide to which resource type a particular, newly discovered resource belongs to. In order to solve this issue, waylay has a feature called Discovery template. One (and only one) template can be marked as discovery template. This can be used to associate metadata (e.g. a resource type) to the newly discovered resource. Any actuators that are triggered in the template will be executed. You can select on of the existing templates to be a discovery template either over REST or using WaylayDashboard UI:

type

Provisioning template

Here is the example of the first time provisioning use case. In this example, every time a new sigfox device is discovered, two different salesforce tables are queried, one having customer information (matching a device ID to a customer), and the other one with assets (matching a device ID in the asset database). Once both records are found, we update asset database with the information when for the first time device was up, and we also update the waylay metadata model, using the actuator built on top of our Provisioning API.

template

Now we need to assosiate this template to a resource type.

Resource type configuration

Here is the list of resource types, let’s select Sigfox type (Nucleo)

types

One we select the resource type, let’s add our provisioning template to this resource type:

template

Here is the provisiong task, which was executed only once as soon as the device sent data:

task

We can also see in the resource view that at the same time we assosiated the customer to the same device (abccompany):

resources

In the resource view, we see the complete metamodel for that resource. Some of the properties are inhereted from the resource type.

metamodel

B2B Dashboard

Once device was assigned to a customer, it immediately become available in our B2B dashboard, in this case the customer abccompany. Great, all done! ‘Zero touch’ configuration.

dashboard