Ericsson collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate IoT globally to ease mobile network-based IoT services for enterprises


Ericsson announced Wednesday measures to further strengthen the global Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with Microsoft by enabling enterprises to speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services.

Ericsson IoT Accelerator allows enterprises to deploy their IoT solutions using Azure, which connects them directly to the ecosystem of mobile operators using the connectivity management service delivered by the Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) which is part of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator.

Ericsson IoT Accelerator, a cloud-based, horizontal cross-industry offering comprising platform services and near-product services for telecom operators and selected industries, provides a continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for IoT.

Ericsson IoT Accelerator allows enterprises to deploy IoT solutions using Microsoft Azure, providing seamless access to IoT connectivity services from mobile operators, and delivers connectivity management through the Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) of Ericsson IoT Accelerator removes traditional boundaries to strengthen the IoT ecosystem.

IoT Accelerator provides a continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a Service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for the Internet of Things. The Software as a service (SaaS) business model provides the speed, scale and lower cost needed for competitively addressing the IoT market challenges. It allows customers to lowers the initial risk and initial cost shifting investments from capital expenditure to operating expenditure. The delivery strategy is multi-cloud enabling the service to be delivered from public cloud and on-premises deployments.

An important characteristic of the IoT Accelerator offering is that although Ericsson provides a full IoT functional stack, customers pick & choose the selected functionality from the stack, paying only for what is consumed. One of the greatest values under this flexibility lays on the pre-integration of functionality as a Service. It allows a great deal of simplification for customers removing effort, time and cost, including verification, updates, lifecycle, etc.

IoT Accelerator brings mobile connectivity management and enables users to build trustworthy secure IoT services on Ericsson’s end-to-end vertically integrated systems, with the speed to market needed to create rapid service deployment and IoT monetization.

The connectivity management service of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator allows telecom operators to design, launch and evolve managed IoT connectivity offerings towards enterprises requiring cellular connectivity. It also provides enterprises with full control and automation capabilities to handle the connectivity for their IoT devices.

By cooperating with the continuously growing number of other telecom operators connected to Ericsson DCP, telecom operators can address the needs of global enterprises without making one-off investments alone. The platform gives the enterprise a unified service experience for their entire device fleet.

“The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the Internet of Things will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018,” said Niklas Heuveldop, Ericsson’s chief strategy officer and head of technology and emerging business. “Today, enterprises are facing a major challenge of complexity in IoT deployment. By combining industry-leading innovation and ecosystems, our collaboration with Microsoft removes complexity and brings the possibilities of the IoT closer for enterprises everywhere.”

“Working together with Ericsson helps us delight our customers and partners by enabling more choices to control their cellular connected IoT devices,” said Sam George, Microsoft’s director of Azure IoT.

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