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M1 adds Nokia’s IoT platform to enhance smart city portfolio


The Singaporean telco, together with Noki,a had launched a nationwide NB-IoT network in 2017


Singaporean telco M1 said it will use Nokia’s Impact IoT platform to bolster its carrier’s current smart city and internet of things portfolio.

The carrier said the new addition will allow the firm to provide innovative IoT urban solutions in Singapore and overseas.

Since the launch of its NB-IoT network in August 2017, M1 has rolled out several smart city IoT initiatives including smart energy metering, smart street lighting, smart fleet management and smart logistics, as well as smart waste management.

M1 claimed to be one of the first companies in Asia Pacific to use Nokia’s Impact IoT platform, which allows M1 to deploy and manage its NB-IoT smart city solutions. The platform supports NB-IoT and other long-range (LoRa) protocols that provide low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity options for the connection of IoT devices. Additionally, it also boasts a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) layer, which provides a suite of capabilities covering connectivity management, application enablement, and device management for enterprise and solution providers.

Nokia’s IoT platform is integrated with cybersecurity technologies, including Nokia NetGuard, to secure IoT devices and data. This feature is key for the management of the thousands of sensors and devices to be deployed in smart cities, M1 said.

“M1 has been actively participating in Smart City developments, bringing innovative new smart solutions to the city. This move is one of the many steps that we are taking in our long-term goal of offering a host of Smart City IoT solutions to our customers. We will continue to harness our IoT capabilities and create new opportunities in Singapore and the region,” said Alex Tan, chief innovation officer for M1.

“The Impact platform is designed to help customers build and deploy a broad array of IoT applications, including smart cities. However, we do not just want to help cities be ‘smart,'” said Bhaskar Gorti, president, Nokia Software. “Our goal is to help them provide innovative digital services that improve the quality of lives. We are delighted to work with M1 to bring these new types of amazing capabilities to Singapore, while helping M1 to take advantage of the growing IoT business opportunities in the region.”

In 2017, M1 together with Nokia, deployed a nationwide commercial NB-IoT network. Earlier last year, M1 also partnered Nokia to conduct Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia.

The two companies also expected to showcase 5G use cases in selected vertical industries which require dedicated small cell capacity and very low-latency internet of things connectivity. M1 said that the findings from this live small cell trial will provide practical lessons for the commercial deployment of 5G small cells in a dense cell grid architecture and operating at 5G frequency bands.

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