IoT ecosystem collaborations can stop device fragmentation

It has long been recognized that device fragmentation in terms of standards and a lack of interoperability constitutes a primary inhibitor of IoT adoption. What’s more, the connection and activation of IoT devices are processes that are still mostly carried out manually today, accounting for an estimated 2 million man-hours a day.

IoT ecosystem collaborations can stop device fragmentation
Warren Chaisatien

Global Head of IoT Customer Engagement Marketing

In my previous blogs, I have talked about the importance of collaboration within IoT ecosystems, as well as the unique ability of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator to onboard IoT devices as easily as flicking a switch. We are very excited about being able to highlight these matters at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 (being held in San Francisco this week) by announcing our collaborations with some of the world’s leading names in IoT devices, modems, modules and chipsets.


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IoT collaborations remove roadblocks

Thanks to standards and interoperability, these newly formed collaborations are designed to remove adoption roadblocks. They make device onboarding effortless and nearly instantaneous. And once connected devices are turned on, they are automatically registered on the network and start sending data to the designated applications. Rapid use-case and application development can then follow.

McKinsey has predicted that IoT will generate a global economic value of up to USD 11 trillion in 2025. With this in mind, these collaborations become a real game changer that will directly benefit everyone in the IoT value chain – from device manufacturers to telecom service providers, enterprises and consumers.

Working with device ecosystem partners

Here’s what our collaborating organizations have to say:

  • “Driving common interoperability activities is key to accelerating the adoption of IoT for mobile service providers and many vertical markets. Arm’s partnership with Ericsson offers implementation of the OMA LwM2M standard through the Arm Mbed IoT Device Platform, complementing the Ericsson IoT Accelerator’s LwM2M server and IPSO Smart Objects support,“ says Michael Horne, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, IoT Services Group, Arm.
  • “Gemalto is committed to unleashing the power of the Internet of Things by delivering a range of IoT modules and services that enable highly efficient cellular connectivity for low-power, low-bandwidth IoT use cases. Together with Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, Gemalto fully supports the standardized LwM2M and IPSO Smart Objects model, which simplifies client-server communication for devices and sensor data and streamlines service enablement and application management,” says Guillaume Lafaix, SVP Marketing & Strategy, Mobile Services & IoT, Gemalto.
  • “Device security and provisioning are major bottlenecks to IoT deployment scalability. Together, Intel and Ericsson are applying industry standards and open technology to enable zero-touch provisioning and secure registration of devices by leveraging Intel® Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) on Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. This joint effort aligns with the LwM2M protocol from OMA for IoT device management, putting Intel and Ericsson on the frontline to reduce customer friction in massive onboarding of IoT devices,” says Jonathan Ballon, Vice President & General Manager, Internet of Things, Intel.
  • “Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem is purpose-built for diverse IoT deployments worldwide. Supporting LTE Cat-M1, NB-IoT and E-GPRS technologies within more than 15 spectrum bands, the modem is designed to allow OEMs to cost-effectively address global IoT needs with single SKU approach. We believe that standard-based solutions are key to effectively address diverse IoT needs.  We are seeing strong support for OMA LWM2M and IPSO for IoT device and sensor management and proud to work with Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. The MDM9206 can help operators rapidly deploy and commercialize full range of IoT applications and services,” says Peter Carson, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies.
  • “Our collaboration with Ericsson on LwM2M interoperability ensures that the LwM2M client embedded in our Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform interoperates with Ericsson’s LwM2M management server on the IoT Accelerator platform. Ericsson is one of the world’s most important infrastructure providers and it is strategically important to us and to our IoT and M2M customers to facilitate this interoperability that will accelerate LTE for IoT business opportunities,” says Danny Kedar, Vice President, IoT Business Unit, Sequans.

We are on a journey to bring even more ecosystem collaborators onboard with the IoT Accelerator so we as an industry can truly unlock all of IoT’s economic potential.  To learn more, please visit our IoT Accelerator page or visit us at MWC Americas 2017 this week. You can also follow all the fun live from the event or contact Magnus Arildsson, Ericsson Head of IoT Ecosystems, directly for more information.

For a quick introduction to IoT Accelerator watch our short video:


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