ZTE expands presence in the IoT market with new platform
ZTE said its new ThingxCloud platform includes IoT devices, connection management as well as application enabling management
ZTE has released a new generation of ZTE’s ThingxCloud IoT platform products. The company said its ThingxCloud solution, a basic IoT cloud platform with advanced technology architecture, can connect APPs and devices while generating data internally.
Based on a M2M’s technology architecture and ICT PaaS/AI & Big Data, ZTE’s ThingxCloud includes IoT devices, connection management and application enabling management. It adapts to various bearer networks, and shields differences among different bearer network technologies so as to make the upper applications transparent on the underlying bearer network, the vendor said.
According to ZTE, The SDK (Software Development Kit) /API (Application Programming Interface) makes the massive terminals access to IoT more simple while provides security to data sharing.
ZTE has been very active in the IoT field, developing a wide range of services and applications. The company has developed its smart IoT operating system that provides intelligent capabilities for IoT terminals and acts as an IoT management platform.
The Asian vendor has also formulated end-to-end security solutions to provide customers with security services for simultaneous planning, construction and operation. The company is currently cooperating with partners to provide an overall IoT solution for governments and enterprise customers.
ZTE senior vice president Jane Chen previously highlighted that ZTE’s IoT strategy moving forward focuses on four key areas: smart cities, smart homes, the industrial IoT and connected vehicles.
Chen also stressed that ZTE has deployed its IoT solutions in over 140 cities in 40 countries globally. She stated that a wide range of solutions using smart meters have helped optimize city infrastructure with smart street lighting, parking as well as water and air monitoring.
The vendor is also engaged in the development of solutions for smart building and environmental monitoring. Through these solutions, building managers would be able to better manage power distribution within the building, according to the Chinese company.
The IoT market is experiencing a rapid expansion in the Chinese market, China’s largest e-commerce firm Alibaba and Qualcomm have recently joined forces to boost LTE IoT deployment in China by pre-integrating the Alibaba Cloud Link One on the chipmaker’s MDM9206 multi-mode LTE IoT modem. The move enables module manufacturers and IoT developers to quickly develop and deploy solutions that connect with the Alibaba Cloud using LTE IoT connectivity and client software running directly on the LTE system-on-chip (SoC).
The integration also helps address a vast array of the existing and emerging LTE IoT use cases, including smart transportation, smart cities, as well as industrial IoT applications in areas such as smart grid, smart metering and asset tracking.
The MDM9206 LTE IoT modem supports both eMTC (Cat M1) and NB-IoT (Cat NB-1), as well as 2G/E-GPRS, and enables the development of low-power devices with multi-year battery life and greater coverage for the next-generation of IoT services, Qualcomm said.
“We have a shared vision with Qualcomm Technologies of providing leading-edge and reliable technologies for the global IoT in order to help create a world where everything is connected,” said Ku Wei, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud IoT. “Integrated cloud-to-device solutions using the Alibaba Cloud Link One and Qualcomm Technologies’ LTE IoT modems have the potential to help accelerate development of a broad range of commercial and industrial applications such as smart biking, home smart locks and smart energy in China.”