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IoT networking – connectivity management

If we want to connect everything, we most likely need a variety of connectivity solutions. In a smart city, everything from trashcans to bus stops will be communicating. All these devices need to be managed. And what happens when a trashcan gets vandalized or a mailbox is moved? In five years there will be 21 billion things connected – and we’re going to need to support that.

Our aim is to make it as simple to connect an IoT device as it is to connect a mobile phone today.

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IoT Networking

IoT networks may be built in different ways. Devices can be directly connected to the 5G system, or they can connect through capillary networks using short-range radio to extend the 5G network reach. For efficient management, different radios need to be served in the same IoT platform. At the MWC we showed how to easily manage different capillary topologies and discuss capillary radios such as Bluetooth Low Energy.

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Calvin smart IoT development

If you want to know more about how Ericsson Research envisions the future of the Internet of Things, you’ll have a great opportunity at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. You will find us in the Ericsson pavilion where we have prepared a demo of Calvin running on real hardware, with real sensors and real actuators communicating with each other and with live web services. We share a table with IoT Networks, which, quite frankly, is a really good match. Let me go through some details!

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