Ericsson's head of industry and society said a forthcoming Internet of Things (IoT) Accelerator product will simplify the process of deploying and monetising IoT services.
Orvar Hurtig said the IoT Accelerator will enable organisations to swiftly "connect people, devices and things" when the product launches at the end of the third quarter. Ericsson unveiled the product during the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade fair, which is taking place in Germany this week.
In a statement, the vendor explained that the accelerator combines feature-rich horizontal IoT platforms with its services and a marketplace that will enable organisations to connect with relevant partners to open up monetisation opportunities.
Hurtig said the IoT Accelerator will initially be targeted at "public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities customers," and that their feedback will be used to continuously develop the product. Ericsson will also improve "ease of use and delivery speed through a DevOps approach to software development," he added.
Ericsson plans to provide regional business labs to help organisations to tailor their IoT services to local preferences, and regional and industry-specific requirements.
Platforms that will be available on the IoT Accelerator include data management, billing, device management, connectivity services and analytics. Ericsson added that it plans to release expansion modules covering a self-service portal, developer environment, and software development kit. The product will also leverage the Ericsson Cloud System to enable organisations to develop hybrid cloud deployments and help them to meet data sovereignty and security requirements, the company stated.
The IoT Accelerator will also work across the wide range of connectivity technologies currently prevailing in the broader IoT market, including NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1, and EC-GSM-IoT.
Ericsson will back the IoT platform with its suite of managed services, which will cover initial set-up, business consulting, application development and maintenance, systems integration and industry transformation.
The vendor added that the associated IoT Accelerator marketplace will comprise a repository of apps and a development site designed to promote collaboration between organisations. The marketplace will enable "companies to develop solutions in close cooperation with ecosystem partners and -- optionally -- make them available to their own customers," it stated.
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