Ericsson and Microsoft announce IoT partnership
Ericsson has partnered with Microsoft for a project it hopes will help simplify the launch of internet of things (IoT) services for enterprises.
The Ericsson IoT Accelerator links with Microsoft Azure, allowing enterprises looking to deploy IoT services to use Microsoft’s cloud service.
Azure connects the enterprises directly to the ecosystem of a number of mobile operators using a connectivity management solution developed by Ericsson, called the Ericsson Device Connection Platform.
Ericsson said the DCP, which is part of the IoT Accelerator, allows telecom operators to design, launch and evolve managed IoT connectivity offerings towards enterprises requiring cellular connectivity. It also provides enterprises with full control and automation capabilities to handle the connectivity for their IoT devices.
Niklas Heuveldop, chief strategy officer and head of technology and Emerging Business, Ericsson, says: "The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the Internet of Things will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018.
“Today, enterprises are facing a major challenge of complexity in IoT deployment. By combining industry-leading innovation and ecosystems, our collaboration with Microsoft removes complexity and brings the possibilities of the IoT closer for enterprises everywhere.”