IoT News Roundup

Ericsson announces new IoT-focused products; Sensoria updates sensor module, rolls out new features; Lux Research spotlights power-sipping sensors; ZigBee Alliance and Thread expand collaborations; new IoT chips from RFaxis; Gimbal and Couchbase enable cellular-free apps.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jan 15, 2016

Ericsson Introducing a Trio of New Telecom Industry Products

Communications technology provider Ericsson is rolling out three new products for the Internet of Things market: Smart Metering as a Service, User & IoT Data Analytics Service, and Networks Software 17A for Massive IoT. Smart Metering as a Service is a means by which utility providers can outsource the management of their smart meter network, along with smart meter data collection and analysis, to Ericsson, which will serve as a single point of contact with IT service providers, telecom operators and field services companies. An Ericsson spokesperson says Smart Metering as a Service is communications technology-agnostic, meaning that it will support whatever communications technology makes sense for any given customer. The service will be made available during the second quarter of 2016.

Ericsson's User & IoT Data Analytics Service provides telecommunications companies with a real-time analytics engine, built on Ericsson's User Data Consolidation (UDC) service, which provides an IoT subscription database management service. The analytics service will work with data from both cellular and non-cellular devices, Ericsson says, and can be used to collect data from other vendors' databases and aggregate it in the analysis engine. The service is designed to help IoT network operators improve operational efficiency, and is expected to become available in mid-2016.

Lastly, Ericsson says that during the fourth quarter of this year, it will launch Networks Software 17A for Massive IoT for its customers in the mobile network operations sector. The software will enable these companies to "leverage the coverage, reliability and security of their current network infrastructure to support a massive growth in IoT devices, and diverse use cases, with no added hardware," according to the Ericsson spokesperson. These use cases could include managing data from consumer wearables, for example, or any number of industrial, smart-city or agricultural applications.

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