Overview

Soracom Funnel is an adapter service that transfers data from a device directly to a specified cloud service. Funnel allows you to offload encryption workloads to the cloud and integrate devices that have protocol limitations.

Soracom Funnel Overview

Much like Soracom Beam, data sent from a device to the Soracom platform is secured through closed carrier networks and dedicated private lines to Soracom, allowing you to utilize lightweight protocols between your device and Soracom. In turn, Funnel performs encryption on the cloud, and takes care of sending your data directly to a cloud service.


Compared to Beam

While Beam and Funnel both provide similar functionality in receiving data from your device and sending it to a specified endpoint, Beam is more general purpose and allows you to mix and match various incoming and outgoing protocols, as well as specify endpoints other than cloud services such as your application server. While Beam provides flexibility with extended protocol and endpoint support, it also requires additional configuration, even when using it with cloud services.

On the other hand, Funnel provides a greatly simplified configuration for applications that leverage cloud services. Funnel takes care of most of the forwarding protocol configuration required for certain cloud services, allowing you to simply specify only the forwarding destination and credentials in order to start sending data.


Available Adapters

Currently, Funnel is compatible with the following cloud services:


Entry Points

To utilize Funnel, your devices must be compatible with at least one of the following entry point protocols:

Air for Cellular

Entry Point Address Description
TCP tcp://funnel.soracom.io:23080 Receive TCP packets from a device and forward them to your cloud service
UDP udp://funnel.soracom.io:23080 Receive UDP packets from a device and forward them to your cloud service
HTTP http://funnel.soracom.io Receive HTTP requests from a device and forward them to your cloud service
SMS 901021 Receive SMS messages from a device and forward them to your cloud service
USSD *901021*{data}# Receive USSD messages from a device and forward them to your cloud service

Currently, the SMS and USSD entry points are available only for plan01s and plan01s - LDV SIMs.

Air for Sigfox and Air for LoRaWAN

Data is captured automatically from the device. Configuring the device to send data to a specific entry point is not required.

Soracom Inventory

Data is captured automatically from the device. Configuring the device to send data to a specific entry point is not required.


Data Format

When Funnel captures data from your device, it will put it in a JSON object containing additional information about the device and forwarding request, with the following format. This JSON is then sent to your cloud service.

{
  "operatorid": "OP0012345678",
  "timestamp": "1520001234",
  "destination" : {
    "resourceUrl": "<YOUR-CLOUD-SERVICE-URL>",
    "provider": "aws"|"azure"|"google",
    "service": "kinesis"|"firehose"|"aws-iot"|"eventhubs"|"pubsub"
  },
  "credentialId": "<YOUR-CREDENTIALS-SET-ID>",
  "payloads": "<DEVICE-DATA>",
  "sourceProtocol": "tcp"|"udp"|"http"|"unspecified",
  "imsi": "295000012345678"
}