Ericsson, a provider of networks and digital services, has launched a series of new solutions to help businesses address a larger part of the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
According to a statement, Ericsson has identified four key segments of the “cellular IoT evolution”, including massive IoT, broadband IoT, critical IoT and the new business area industrial automation IoT.
Advances in industrial automation IoT, as Ericsson explains, will enable the development of industrial automation applications with extremely demanding connectivity requirements.
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Ericsson’s evolution concept underlines how cellular IoT can progress from the basic use cases of massive IoT, such as asset tracking, to supporting higher-level systems like collaborative robotics.
The stepwise approach offered by the company is designed to help service providers match the existing capabilities of cellular IoT with current and future use cases, especially with the increasing implementation of 5G networks on the horizon.
With the effective use of techniques such as network slicing, service providers can support all four segments in a single network, allowing them to optimize their assets and take advantage of revenue opportunities.
— Ericsson (@ericsson) January 31, 2019
Patrick Filkins, Senior Research Analyst for IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure at IDC, commented: “Ericsson has come up with a uniquely clear vision for cellular IoT with well-defined segments for service providers to address new business growth opportunities from industry digitalization.
“Ericsson’s cellular IoT evolution concept will support service providers to incrementally allow add-on use cases even within a single vertical.”
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Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, added: “Cellular IoT is moving from early adoption with Massive IoT to global rollout.
“We are now describing ‘what’s next?’ for our customers and how they can make the most out of their 4G and 5G investments on the same network and address more advanced IoT use cases across industries.”
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