Ericsson unveiled a new Internet of Things (IoT) service this week (26 April 2016) aimed at helping customers overcome cost and complexity barriers and speed up the development and deployment of new IoT solutions.
IoT Accelerator, as the service is called, combines horizontal, feature-rich IoT platforms with Ericsson's services and a marketplace where customers from sectors such as public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities can connect with partners and monetise their solutions. IoT Accelerator will be available at the end of Q3 to customers globally.
The IoT platforms' capabilities include data management, billing, device management, connectivity services and analytics. Planned expansion modules include a self-service portal, developer environment and software development kit.
IoT Accelerator will leverage the Ericsson Cloud System to support hybrid cloud deployments and meet data sovereignty and security requirements. All main connectivity standards are supported, and the Accelerator will use Ericsson's Cellular for Massive IoT software solutions, including support for NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1 and EC-GSM-IoT technologies for low power wide area applications.
The offering will also make use of Ericsson's complete portfolio of services, including everything from initial setup services to business consulting, application development and maintenance, systems integration and industry transformation services.
The marketplace included in the offering is both a repository of apps and a collaborative development site. It allows companies to develop solutions in close cooperation with ecosystem partners and - optionally - make them available to their own customers.
While the IoT market is developing rapidly, successful customer engagements require the ability to adapt to local preferences, adhere to specific regional or industry regulatory requirements and enable ecosystem cooperation to develop solutions that can be rapidly brought to market. For this reason, Ericsson said it will support IoT Accelerator customers with regional business labs that can execute global capabilities locally.