Ericsson announces IoT Accelerator development platform for organisations
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

​Ericsson has announced plans to release an IoT Accelerator that combines "horizontal, feature-rich platforms with services" and creates a marketplace for collaboration and monetisation to aid the development and deployment of new IoT solutions.

IoT Accelerator will be available at the end of Q3 to customers globally as a service with an initial focus for use by public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities customers, aiming to enable them to save time and money when developing and deploying IoT solutions. The IoT platforms' capabilities include data management, billing, device management, connectivity services and analytics. Ericsson will also support IoT Accelerator customers with regional business labs that can execute global capabilities locally.

Planned expansion modules include a self-service portal, developer environment and software development kit. IoT Accelerator will leverage the Ericsson Cloud System to support hybrid cloud deployments and meet data sovereignty and security requirements. Ericsson states that "all main connectivity standards are supported", and that the Accelerator will leverage its Cellular for Massive IoT software solutions. This includes support for NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1 and EC-GSM-IoT technologies for low power wide area applications.

Ericsson claims that the solution will be supported by its complete portfolio of services, from initial setup services to business consulting, application development and maintenance, systems integration and industry transformation services. The marketplace included in the offering is both a repository of apps and a collaborative development site. It allows companies to develop solutions in close cooperation with ecosystem partners and the option to make them available to their own customers.

"We believe in empowering organisations to connect people, devices and things as quickly and easily as possible," said Orvar Hurtig, head of Industry & Society at Ericsson. "We will initially focus on public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities customers, continuously adjusting to their needs and feedback, and improving ease of use and delivery speed through a DevOps approach to software development. We deliver these capabilities to our customers via the IoT Accelerator."


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