IoT News Roundup

Ericsson launches network services for massive IoT, builds end-to-end NB-IoT system for Chunghwa Telecom;Oomi smart-home system announces new integrations, public availability; PTC, Tech Mahindra open IIoT Center of Excellence in India; Bosch unveils IoT-ready environmental sensor; Tottenham Hotspur Football Club teams up with HP Enterprise on new stadium using IoT technology; Silicon Labs unveils software, hardware supporting new Bluetooth mesh specification; SURE Universal offers software-defined IoT platform based on Open Connectivity Foundation standard.
By IOT Journal
Jul 21, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week:

PRESS RELEASE:

Ericsson Launches Network Services for Massive IoT, Builds End-to-End NB-IoT System for Chunghwa Telecom

As the first commercial Internet of Things (IoT) networks are being introduced, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) complements its cellular IoT software and IoT Accelerator offerings with a complete set of network services. These services enable service providers to efficiently address the deployment and operation of the massive number of IoT devices being introduced to LTE networks.

Applicable for Cat-M1 (also called LTE-M) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies, these services include IoT network design and optimization, deployment, operation and management, and are supported by the recently expanded Support Services offering.

Peter Laurin, Head of Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson, says: "We anticipate IoT devices will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices as early as 2018 and, according to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, there will be 18 billion connected IoT devices in 2022. This massive uptake requires a different approach to network planning, design, operations and capabilities than traditional mobile broadband networks."

Ericsson is also introducing new IoT software features, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support for Cat-M1. This will enable operators to explore new use cases in which it can be advantageous for IoT devices to support voice services, opening up opportunities to expand enterprise services to areas such as security alarm panels, remote first-aid kits, wearables, digital locks, disposable security garments, and other types of IoT-enabled applications and services.

Network design and optimization: Heterogeneous IoT networks and diverse use cases with varying needs will require a different approach to network planning and design. To support this, Ericsson is introducing scenario assessment, network modelling, design development, and developmental appraisal for massive IoT networks.

Operation and management of network: To address the need for an adapted approach to management and operation of operators' networks, Ericsson is introducing automated machine learning to its Network Operations Centers (NOCs). These tools will help operators to manage delivery cost and take a proactive approach to event and incident management. In a trial, 80% of all incidents were identified by machine learning only with no human intervention – and the root cause was identified correctly in 77% of cases.

Jamie Moss, Principal Analyst, Consumer Technology and IoT at Ovum, says: "Operators need partners that can help them to introduce new technologies smoothly and quickly. This is especially true in the case of LTE-M and NB-IoT. As enhancements to LTE, they appear to represent the operators' core competency. But LTE-M and NB-IoT will be used, and will be required to perform, in ways that are completely new. Their rollout, the handling of the traffic they generate and the management of the services they exist to enable require network services that offer a comprehensive portfolio of abilities. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords, but are vital and exciting tools being employed by Ericsson for use within a network to help operators manage the many new devices they will need to serve in the future."

The Ericsson network services and VoLTE for IoT software support in radio and core networks are commercially available now.

In addition, the company will build a NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) system for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest integrated telecommunications services company, enabling the island to take its first steps toward joining the Internet of Things. Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory.

NB-IoT is a 3GPP standards-based Low Power Wide Area technology that offers significant improvements in areas such as deep indoor coverage, power consumption, device complexity, system capacity and spectrum efficiency.

The end-to-end NB-IoT solution developed for Chunghwa Telecom will comprise a range of Ericsson offerings including the Ericsson Radio System, Massive IoT radio access network (RAN) software, virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtual Subscriber Data Management (vSDM), and the IoT Smart Device and Application service on the AppIoT platform. The vEPC is deployed as a dedicated IoT Packet Core, using network slicing functionality, enabling Chunghwa Telecom to explore massive machine type communications use cases and rapidly bring new services to market.

Chen Shyang-Yih, Executive Vice President of Chunghwa Telecom and President of Telecommunication Laboratories, says: "Ericsson has long been our leading network provider and has demonstrated the strong device life-cycle management and integration capabilities that are required for a system of this type. NB-IoT technology is one of our primary focuses in 2017, and we are keen to explore more opportunities based on the new technology."

Håkan Cervell, President of Ericsson Taiwan, says: "This agreement represents a real milestone for both companies, and shows that we have made rapid progress since signing a 5G memorandum of understanding during Mobile World Congress 2017. Together we will identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals such as transportation and utilities."

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