Ericsson, Landmark deal leverages IoT
origin : iTWire
Date : 2017-05-19
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Ericsson has been selected by US real estate and infrastructure firm Landmark Dividend to provide its Zero Site communications platform and communications infrastructure at sites across North America. Under the deal, Ericsson will deploy its multi-application pole solution Zero Site solution, cloud, core, backhaul and Internet of Things (IoT) software solutions, bringing 4G, 5G and IoT use cases into industrial grid management. Tim Brazy, chief executive officer of Landmark Dividend, says as data consumption continues to grow exponentially and the widespread adoption of the IoT unfolds, “expanding and densifying existing network infrastructure will be critical to wireless service providers”. According to Eric Boudriau, Ericsson head of industry and society, market area North America the contract with Landmark is an excellent example of how “industrialised IoT use cases between utilities and telcos open up new business models and unleash new opportunities in a growing renewable energy market”. “It is fully aligned with Ericsson's strategy and expansion of business into a new industrial segment while using existing telecom and IoT assets for the betterment of society through a focus on sustainability." Ericsson has said it will 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. Under the partnership with Microsoft, the 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). Niklas Heuveldop, Ericsson’s chief strategy officer and head of technology and emerging business, says 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. Ericsson says that 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 latest Ericsson mobility report reveals that the Internet of Things will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018. 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."