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Ericsson and PTC speed up app and service development for cellular IoT

Ericsson is making IoT development easier through building collaborative ecosystems. Now, the Ericsson IoT ecosystem has expanded to include PTC’s ThingWorx, including advanced tools for developing IoT applications and augmented reality (AR) experiences.

IoT Accelerator

With the addition of ThingWorx to the Ericsson IoT Accelerator cloud-based platform, the wider IoT market will now have access to the best-in-class applications & AR experience development tools offered by PTC. The new offerings will help businesses accelerate the creation and launch of IoT applications and services.

Ericsson will be showcasing a smart manufacturing demo powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator, including ThingWorx, at Iot World in Santa Clara, California May 15-17, 2018.

“This combination is good for ecosystem partners as well as customers, bringing together the strong brand and presence of Ericsson and its related solutions in the telco market, with PTC’s strengths and solutions in industrial verticals,“ said Tiago Goncalves, CEO of Innowave. “We have worked with both parties and see this as a complementary partnership.”

Ericsson and PTC are teaming up for cellular IoT adoption

PTC is a global software company with over 30 years of experience understanding things in their digital form. Today, PTC delivers a technology platform and solutions to help companies design, manufacture, operate, and service things for a smart, connected world.

Hundreds of customers, and over 250 partners have selected PTC’s ThingWorx as their industrial innovation platform. System integrators have built IoT competency centers around the ThingWorx technology, and 300K developers use ThingWorx to develop their own solutions.

ThingWorx Foundation is a modeling environment for development of IoT applications. ThingWorx Studio is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that enables industrial enterprises to rapidly create scalable augmented reality (AR) experiences. These two tools are now integrated into the Ericsson IoT Accelerator Platform.

“The Ericsson-PTC collaboration is very complementary given Ericsson’s strengths in handling connectivity at scale and PTC’s ThingWorx’s rapid application enablement platform,” shared Kari Terho, Head of Smart Factory Management at Elisa Industrial IoT, a telecommunications, ICT and digital service company based in Finland.

Simplifying the development and launch of IoT solutions

Service providers now have an opportunity to move up the value chain in the IoT Stack from being a supplier to being a partner in digital transformation. To help service providers achieve this shift, Ericsson IoT Accelerator Platform simplifies the creation and rollout of IoT solutions that use cellular connectivity.

The addition of ThingWorx to the platform fortifies an end-to-end offer that addresses the full spectrum of customers' technical and launch needs, from rapid app development through monetization and security services.

“PTC is delighted to be collaborating with the Ericsson team to give businesses the tools needed to advance the development of IoT applications and AR experiences,” said Catherine Kniker, CRO, ThingWorx & Vuforia.  “With this collaboration we look forward to  capturing the global market potential for IoT solutions and enabling our joint customers to scale quickly.”

Ericsson IoT Accelerator removes the complexity from developing and launching IoT applications, which is leading to the rapid diversification of industry-specific solutions. With a cohesive platform to develop, market and manage IoT solutions, Ericsson is moving ever closer to the goal of creating a global IoT ecosystem.

“A collaborative ecosystem is key to IoT development and increasing cellular IoT adoption. We look forward to continuing to work with PTC to make it easier and faster to launch IoT services, said Jeff Travers, Head of IoT at Ericsson.