MTS launches the Open IoT Lab to boost Russia’s IoT eco-system
20 December 2017 | Natalie Bannerman
Russia’s MTS has launched he MTS Open IoT Lab, an innovation space where customers, partners and suppliers can explore IoT-enabled solutions.
The lab serves to showcase the effectiveness of different pilot and commercial parts of IoT networks, using various sensors and devices that transmit data to clouds for further processing.
Commenting on the launch of the new facility Kirill Dmitriev, vice president of sales and customer services at MTS, said: “Today’s announcement serves as yet another illustration of MTS digital-focused strategy. With the launch of the Open IoT Lab, MTS reinforces its commitment to develop the IoT ecosystem in Russia. By providing reliable connectivity and working together with our partners and device manufacturers, we can accelerate the future of the Internet of Things.”
“As next steps in the IoT development, we will strengthen our presence in the IoT segment through open source platforms, cloud apps and the introduction of IoT Platform fit for any scale. We believe that the IoT evolution will benefit individuals, businesses and entire economics by escalating connectedness, removing physical barriers, and harnessing Big Data.”
The central part of the lab is a test on test on NB-IoT network in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands with four pilot products based on Nokia technologies. The areas the technology focusses on are smart home solutions, smart city infrastructure monitoring and management, energy consumption control in housing services, and physical facility security systems.
In addition, there is a test NB-IoT network based on an Ericsson solution for housing and communal services. The company says that the adoption of the NB-IoT standard by regulators will further accelerate the commercial launch and rollout of IoT solutions across Russia.
"Today, we present a comprehensive infrastructure of the Internet of things using commercially available standardized solutions and open interfaces. The implementation of this project will allow MTS to become the centre of the Russian ecosystem of IoT, combining many developers and applications in various sectors of the economy. The opening of the MTS IoT laboratory is the next step in implementing agreements between our companies in the development of IoT and 5G, "added Demetrio Russo, vice president of Eastern Europe at Nokia.
The lab not only serves as a showcase for MTS IoT products in action but also as a real working laboratory for the development of future IoT through its Explore IoT initiative. Through it partners and device manufacturers can bring their early stage projects or solutions to the Lab for testing and hands on expertise.
“There is a real sense of momentum behind the roll-out of Mobile IoT networks across both NB-IoT and LTE-M with 29 global launches around the world to date. This is underpinned by a growing community of over 25 open labs supporting operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors to trial new technologies,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at GSMA.