Nokia has extending its IoT offerings with the launch of the Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), which gives operators, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services.
IMPACT handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualisation, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application.
The new platform, which reflects Nokia's increasing focus on the fast-growing IoT market, includes Nokia's Motive Connected Device Platform, the industry's leading converged device management platform.
It provides lifecycle management for more than 80,000 models of broadband, home and IoT devices. The latest edition, released last week (14 June 2016), integrates all Nokia mobile and IoT device management software.
Nokia IMPACT comes with a range of capabilities for all things connected:
Being cloud-based, customers can add on-demand server capacity to support massive numbers of connected devices. Scaling capacity is also enhanced by the platform's internal architecture, built from the ground up for extreme scale, security and reliability.
IoT security is under-addressed by the market. As IoT data increases, the more security matters. IMPACT has factored in the increasing security requirements including network, cloud and end-point security.
It also implements the latest Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) security model for IoT device management and is backed by Nokia's extensive security portfolio. This is important, according to Nokia, as customers cannot trust data from an unmanaged source.
Along with supporting 80,000 device models from 100 of the world's top manufacturers, Motive CDP can detect new device formats that come on the market. It is flexible enough to support multiple deployment and business models including private, public cloud, private cloud, SaaS and transactional.
This provides a lower entry cost and ability to scale both up and down. Furthermore, MotiveSmart(TM) certifies how the device and service are used together on an operator's mobile network.
Better devices and network management
Nokia's services expertise encompasses both devices and networks, allowing issues to be pinpointed back to either the device or the network for comprehensive root cause analysis.
Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications & Analytics Business Group at Nokia, said: "Our new IMPACT platform with Motive CDP is particularly strong in device management, security and analytics. These matter because as we work to collect and derive meaning from IoT data, it becomes more valuable to everyone involved - and more crucial to protect."
IMPACT adds to Nokia's expanding IoT portfolio. This now contains the four major building blocks of every IoT solution:
• Applications: Vertical solutions for connected cars, healthcare, first responder, smart cities, smart homes, and utility deployments
• Platforms: IMPACT IoT platform with Motive Connected Device Platform
• Infrastructure: Extensive network infrastructure portfolio including leading capabilities in narrow-band and low-power IoT radio solutions
• Devices and Sensors: Connected devices like the recently acquired Withings and the home gateway.
In February 2016, Nokia announced its IoT Community to help customers develop, test, and implement new IoT business models and launched a US$ 350 million IoT investment fund.