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Ericsson launches IoT Accelerator to monetize smart solutions

NEW DELHI: Ericsson said that it has launched the IoT Accelerator, which combines horizontal, feature-rich IoT platforms with the gear maker’s services and a marketplace where customers from sectors such as public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities can connect with partners and monetize their solutions.

Available at the end of Q3 to customers globally, the IoT Accelerator will be offered as a service to enable customers to overcome the barriers of cost and complexity and rapidly develop and deploy new IoT solutions.

“We will initially focus on public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities customers, continuously adjusting to their needs and feedback, and improving ease of use and delivery speed through a DevOps approach to software development. We deliver these capabilities to our customers via the IoT Accelerator,” Orvar Hurtig, Head of Industry & Society at Ericsson, said in a statement.

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, the gear maker said.

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 leverage 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 company said in a statement.

The offering will leverage 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 will support IoT Accelerator customers with regional business labs that can execute global capabilities locally.

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