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Ericsson, Microsoft Team Up To Accelerate IoT Ecosystem

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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.

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Motorola Solutions To Showcase Public Safety Solutions For APAC Region

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Latest smart public safety software applications, devices, infrastructure and futuristic concepts to be presented at Critical Communications World 2017

Motorola Solutions will unveil highly advanced technology solutions to enhance the capabilities of nationwide public safety networks in the Asia Pacific at Critical Communications World 2017.

The company’s mission-critical radio technologies, specialised software, mission critical broadband, command centre solutions and future innovation concepts will all be presented at Asia World Expo in Hong Kong to be held from 16 May to 18 May, 2017.

The public safety solutions to be showcased at CCW 2017 include

  • A futuristic view of the of the Command Centre of the Future that uses next-generation technology, including mixed reality and holographic images, to enable first responders to collaborate on critical information like never before.
  • Essential radio technologies including the latest TETRA, APCO P25 and MOTOTRBO releases combined with enhanced features including software applications to increase collaboration and simplify workflows.
  • Mobile applications for secure messaging, mapping, collaborative whiteboarding and conducting searches.
  • A Convergence Suite of software including WAVE 5000 combined with Intelligent Middleware solutions to extend the bridge between radio and cellular networks to team members regardless of the devices they use.
  • Deployable LTE infrastructure for continuous operations, including the LXN500 solution combined with mapping, messaging and video streaming maps to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.
  • Command centre solutions including CommandCentral Aware to integrate disparate data sources and CommandCentral Vault for complete digital evidence management including body-worn video.
  • Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch solutions to simplify the management of critical information from central data sources between control rooms, first responders and the community.

Motorola Solutions showcases these public safety solutions at a time when both mission-critical radio and public safety broadband solutions are in high demand throughout the Asia Pacific. This is reflected in forecasts that by 2020 there will be almost 20 million active two-way radios in the region, while the North America and Asia Pacific regions combined will account for nearly 70 percent of all public safety broadband investment globally.

Iain Clarke, corporate vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, for Motorola Solutions, said the growth in both mission-critical communications and mobile broadband technologies is fuelled by demand for end-to-end, interoperable solutions combining the most needed elements of voice, data and multimedia communication.

“Public safety customers in Asia Pacific are among the most technically advanced in the world and are continuing their rapid adoption of mission-critical mobile intelligence services and smart technologies,” Clarke said. “This is enabling them to filter and analyse the vast amounts data available today so they can make better and faster decisions to protect our communities.

“Motorola Solutions’ deep domain expertise in delivering holistic public safety solutions will benefit those countries in Asia Pacific planning for large-scale, highly-available and secure deployments,” he said.

Motorola Solutions continues to invest in new capabilities and skills to accelerate innovation within Asia Pacific – from its partnership with Singapore’s ST Electronics to develop advanced communications technologies to its acquisition of a large team of mobile application developers through the acquisition of Gridstone in Australia.

“At CCW we will demonstrate our broad capabilities to deliver end-to-end public safety software solutions as well as the powerful set of tools we have to enable organisations to work more safely and collaboratively with increased situational awareness,” Clarke said.

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