In advance of
Mobile World Congress, Nokia has launched off-the-shelf Internet of Things
(IoT) packages to help operators win new business in vertical IoT markets. In
addition to enabling operators to achieve a fast time to market, the packages
promise to simplify the set-up and operations of enterprise IoT services.
Built on the Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING)
infrastructure that provides the necessary global IoT connectivity and services
support, the applications include IoT sensors, user applications and business
models suited to specific sectors. Nokia WING’s managed service approach also
offers a pay-as-you-grow business model, giving operators the flexibility to
quickly scale up IoT services as required.
The new market-ready solutions for WING eliminate the challenges
facing operators developing their own IoT services. These include the need for
specialised expertise, the complexities of combining fragmented IoT
connectivity infrastructure and the risk and effort of setting up and working
with multiple service providers globally. Nokia works with best-in-class
partners on Nokia WING vertical applications portfolio and continues to develop
the IoT ecosystem.
The four new solutions announced today by Nokia include:
- Smart Agriculture as-a-Service: Sensors capture environmental, soil and crop data that is
then analysed to provide insights that help farmers manage crops more
effectively, potentially saving costs on irrigation, pesticides and
- Livestock Management
as-a-Service: Tracking devices and
biosensors monitor animal health and welfare to provide ranchers with early
alerts if abnormalities are detected, protecting valuable livestock and
- Logistics as-a-Service: IoT sensors enable tracking of the global movement and
condition of goods through the complete supply chain to help enterprises
instantly identify incidents and even predict future events to optimize
delivery and logistics process efficiency.
- Asset Management as-a-Service: Connecting products anywhere in the world enables their
status and performance to be monitored centrally, helping enterprises provide a
better service to their business and consumer customers.
Nokia is trailing Agriculture as-a-Service with an African
operator and working with a leading services and consulting firm on Asset
Management as-a-Service to help them offer more advanced services.
Brian Partridge, Vice President, 451 Research, says, “Nokia
addresses a wide spectrum of challenges through its WING IoT
infrastructure-as-a-service so its early traction with customers isn’t a
surprise. Most telecom operators desire a more prominent role in the IoT value
chain that builds upon secure and reliable domestic or global connectivity.
Nokia’s announced plans to offer end-to-end vertical applications on top of the
WING global infrastructure is a logical next step. We believe that this
approach benefits Nokia’s WING telecom customers and the enterprises they serve
in addition to vertical application partners who can benefit from WING’s market
scale and go-to market channels.”