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How Nokia is shaping the IoT

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Learn how the Nokia IMPACT platform supports a wide-range of IoT connectivity and use cases

Finnish vendor Nokia is very active in the internet of things (IoT) space and its IMPACT platform is at the core of the company’s strategy for the IoT segment.

Nokia’s Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) offers a standards based and simplified IoT platform on which to build and scale new IoT services. The platform is mainly oriented to service providers, enterprises and governments. It manages data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application. Nokia’s IMPACT also features multi-layered security across the platform to safeguard data, identities and devices. The platform was initially launched in June 2016.

The IMPACT platform also includes Nokia’s Motive Connected Device Platform, a converged device management platform that provides life cycle management for more than 80,000 models of broadband, home and IoT devices.

IMPACT is a cloud-based platform enabling customers to add on-demand server capacity to support massive numbers of connected devices. The platform also includes network, cloud and end-point security. It also implements the latest lightweight machine-to-machine security model for IoT device management and is backed by Nokia’s extensive security portfolio.

“IMPACT will play a critical role in the overall IoT strategy as it will enable scalable, secure connectivity and data collection which is the base for any vertical solution offer,” Frank Ploumen, CTO of IoT platform and applications at Nokia, previously told Enterprise IoT Insight.

In January this year, the European vendor had announced the latest version of the IMPACT IoT platform, which included new capabilities and a suite of pre-integrated applications that allow customers to create and deploy secure revenue-generating IoT services. New features of the Nokia IMPACT IoT platform include:

-NB-IoT and LoRa connectivity: Building upon existing Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) and Category M1 (CAT-M1) device support, interfaces to both licensed NB-IoT and unlicensed LoRa networks provide customers with additional IoT network efficiency improvements via low-power wide area networks (LPWAN).

-Video analytics: Powered by Nokia Bell Labs’ machine learning algorithms, IMPACT provides new functionality for a range of IoT applications by automatically detecting anomalies in video feeds in real time, such as traffic accidents, speeding vehicles and unauthorized entry into secure locations.

-Smart parking application: Allows municipalities to better manage inventory, resulting in more efficient use of parking spaces, reduced traffic and pollution; provides drivers with real-time information on parking space availability and streamlines payment processes.

-Smart lighting application: Enables municipalities to optimize electricity use and reduce costs through real-time inventory management. The app also automatically detects lighting issues and failures.

-Vehicle applications: Enables predictive maintenance, fuel efficiency, supply chain optimization and geo-fencing solutions triggered by vehicle data, including fuel levels, speed and GPS location.

In February this year, Nokia has also launched an IoT managed service to target communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to allow these companies to enter the IoT space, or further grow their existing IoT offerings with a worldwide network grid designed by Nokia for IoT devices.

Nokia worldwide IoT network grid (WING) provides a managed service for IoT for CSPs and includes provisioning, device management, operations, security, customer care and billing for all connected applications.

WING can be provided as a white label managed-service model, enabling operators to offer the service to their enterprise customers under their own brand.

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