Ericsson on Wednesday announced a partnership with Microsoft where both the firms would work together to help enterprises speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services. As per the plan Ericsson IoT Accelerator solution would enable enterprises to deploy their IoT solutions using Microsoft Azure.
This, in turn, would connect the enterprises 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 is a cloud-based, horizontal cross-industry offering comprising platform services and near-product services for telecom operators and selected industries. This provides a continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for IoT.
“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,” said Niklas Heuveldop, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Technology and Emerging Business,Ericsson.
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.
“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 Director of Azure IoT, Microsoft Corporation.
The Ericsson-Microsoft collaboration also got their first customer in Grundfos, a provider of smart connected water pumps.
“The pre-integration between the offerings from Microsoft and Ericsson allows us to focus on providing added value and new services to our customers,” said Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President, Grundfos.