Nokia to launch vertical IoT packages at MWC

Ready for this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia has launched off-the-shelf IoT packages to help operators win business in vertical IoT markets.In addition to enabling operators to achieve a fast time to market, the packages simplify the set-up and operations of enterprise IoT services.

Built on the Nokia Wing worldwide IoT network grid infrastructure that provides global IoT connectivity and services support, the applications include IoT sensors, user applications and business models suited to specific sectors. Wing’s managed service approach also offers a pay-as-you-grow business model, giving operators the flexibility to scale up IoT services as required.

The market-ready products 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 partners on the Wing vertical applications portfolio and continues to develop the IoT ecosystem.

“The IoT is a growing opportunity for operators to win new enterprise customers and significant additional revenue in a diverse range of vertical markets,” said Ankur Bhan, global head of Wing business at Nokia. “With minimal upfront investment, an operator can now quickly get a service to market and generate IoT revenues. We expect these vertical solutions to encourage more operators to connect to Nokia Wing, expanding its global footprint and broadening the range of capabilities and services that will become available. We already have several more vertically-focused-as-a-service packages in the development pipeline.”

The four products announced this week are:

  • Smart agriculture-as-a-service: Sensors capture environmental, soil and crop data that are then analysed to provide insights that help farmers manage crops more effectively, potentially saving costs on irrigation, pesticides and fertilisers.
  • 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 livestock and improving yields.
  • 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 optimise 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 trialling agriculture-as-a-service with an African operator and working with a services and consulting firm on asset management-as-a-service to help it offer more advanced services.

“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,” said Brian Partridge, vice president at 451 Research. “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.”