Ericsson Introduces IoT Solutions for Smart Homes, Cities – THISDAY Live

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Emma Okonji

Ericsson has launched three new solutions to equip communication service providers and utility companies to address services and requirements in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. The new additions will strengthen Ericsson’s unique positon with end-to-end capability.

IoT is quickly emerging as a very significant agent of transformation as it blends the physical and digital worlds. In the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, 28 billion connected devices are forecasted by the year 2021, more than half of which are machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connections.

Numerous studies have identified the potential and value of IoT to society, with smart cities and connected homes, including consumer devices, making up as much that value.

In driving industry innovations in smart cities and connected homes, Ericsson is launching three IoT solutions, which include: Smart Metering as a Service, User and IoT Data Analytics, as well as Networks Software 17A Diversifying Cellular for Massive IoT.

Explaining the Smart Metering as a Service, the company said Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is becoming increasingly critical for utility providers as they look to improve operational efficiency and find ways to innovate and improve customer experience. Smart Metering as a Service enables end-to-end business process outsourcing drawing on Ericsson’s experience of enabling more than 42 million smart meters worldwide. The benefits of Smart Metering as a Service include reduced time-to-market, superior meter management and operations, as well as maximum cost savings. In short, utility providers will enjoy lower total cost of ownership, reduced complexity as Ericsson acts as a single point of contact with IT service providers, telecom operators and field services companies; and improved quality of service.

For consumers, smart metering and a smarter, connected grid enables more reliable services, more accurate billing and the ability to control spending. It also supports advanced security automation lighting, heating and cooling services.

For the User and IoT Data Analytics, Ericsson said the exponential growth in the number of connected devices, both from consumers and industries, presents telecom operators with an opportunity to unlock the value of user and IoT data in their network databases.

Ericsson’s User and IoT Data Analytics allow operators to do that by providing a real-time analytics engine embedded in the subscriber database.

The solution extends Ericsson’s User Data Consolidation (UDC) offering, and works for both cellular- and non-cellular devices. It can also fetch data from other vendors’ network data bases and aggregate them in the analysis.
For the Networks Software 17A, Ericsson said in September 2015, it announced a suite of software upgrades to accelerate the uptake of IoT, removing roadblocks to mass-market adoption. To meet the new challenges of supporting the coming massive numbers of IoT devices with a wide range of use cases and requirements, Ericsson is launching Networks Software 17A for Massive IoT that supports millions of IoT device connections per cell site.

The software-only upgrades introduce newest device category for Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology connections, Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), to existing network infrastructure, for fast rollout of reliable, secure mobile connectivity at the lowest total cost of ownership. 

NB-IoT is well suited to IoT applications such as metering and sensor monitoring and flexibly scales to support millions of connections per cell site, the company said in a statement, adding that the first two solutions will be commercially available in Q2 2016, while the third will be commercially available in Q2 2016.

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