Tuesday, 04 September 2018 21:55

Ericsson and Sprint reveal claimed 'groundbreaking IoT-dedicated core and OS'

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US telco Sprint and global telco network equipment manufacturer Ericsson have announced "a global relationship to build a distributed and virtualised core network dedicated specifically to IoT, in addition to a world-class IoT operating system".

Both companies have announced a "fully dedicated, distributed and virtualised IoT core network that works in tandem with the operating system to turn sensor data into immediate intelligence at the network edge; 5G-ready and primed for AI, robotics and more".

"This new environment, which is purpose-built for the future of IoT, is designed to create an optimal flow of device data, enabling immediate, actionable intelligence at the network edge for end users and enterprises.

The global Sprint IoT platform is set to be presented at a press conference at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, on 12 September at 10:30am.

Ivo Rook, senior vice-president of IoT for Sprint, said: "We are combining our IoT strategy with Ericsson’s expertise to build a platform primed for the most demanding applications like artificial intelligence, edge computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and more, with ultra-low-latency, the highest availability and an unmatched level of security at the chip level.

“This is a network built for software and it’s ready for 5G. Our IoT platform is for those companies, large and small, that are creating the immediate economy.”

Asa Tamsons, senior vice-president and head of business area technology & emerging business at Ericsson, said: "Sprint is a pioneer in IoT and we are excited to work together to create a truly disruptive IoT business.

"Sprint will be one of the first to market with a distributed core network and operating system built especially for IoT and powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform Our goal is to make it easy for Sprint and their customers to access and use connected intelligence, enabling instant and actionable insights for a better customer experience and maximum value."

Sprint and Ericsson say they're "an optimal operating environment for IoT".

The two companies claim to be "disrupting the IoT world, creating an environment that is prepared for a future where society and business will be even more connected". 

The core network:

  • Dedicated to help provide: low latency and highest availability.
  • Distributed and virtualised: reduces distance between the device generating the data and the IoT application processing it; nodes are distributed right to the enterprise premise, if necessary, to support specific security, privacy and latency requirements.

The IoT OS: 

  • Connectivity management and device management.
  • Capabilities enable simplified inbound and outbound activity for device connectivity.
  • Configuration and updates of firmware and software are managed for each device. All data is managed securely with world-class security on the chip level.
  • The IoT OS provides full subscription lifecycle management and monitoring of billing and usage data.

Data management:

  • Capability to ingest enormous amounts of data while delivering immediate intelligence on that data. 

Managed services: 

  • Service assurance for all IoT elements and enterprise locations, including network operations centre monitoring, service resource fulfilment, cloud orchestration management and application management.

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