Nokia, Optus to provide IoT solutions to Australian industry customers
Australian operator Optus has selected Nokia’s IMPACT IoT platform to provide device management and data collection capabilities to customers in multiple industry segments in Australia, Nokia said in a release.
Nokia’s IoT Device Management Platform (DMP) will enable Optus to provide its customers with simple access to NB-IoT device data. Nokia and Optus said they will work together to help create smart cities and support enterprise customers across industries, including mining, utilities and transportation.
The Nordic vendor noted that some of the industry applications would include cost effective waste management, supply chain optimization, logistics management and scene analytics for improved safety and security.
Australia’s IoT market is estimated to grow to $25 billion by 2024, up from USD 7.9 billion in 2018.
“Our strategic alliance with Nokia will standardize and streamline IoT devices under one platform and unlock powerful productivity capabilities to fuel Australia’s digital transformation and its smart cities and smart spaces of the future,” said Deon Liebenberg, VP of product innovation for Optus Business. “By collaborating with global technology leaders like Nokia, we’re able to offer Optus customers more value and choice on how they manage their devices and networks. The combined power of Optus’ premium IoT network with Nokia’s state-of-the-art IoT platform, will deliver customers the flexibility to consume this innovative, carrier-agnostic solution as software as a service, platform as a service, or connectivity as a service.”
“By working with Optus, Nokia can bring to bear its pan-industry experience across these asset-intensive industries. We will enable Optus to expand its offering in these markets, helping its customers to leverage the efficiency and productivity potential of IoT. We believe this agreement with Optus will help more companies build greater resilience into their operations,” said Anna Wills, head of Oceania at Nokia.
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.
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.
Optus and Nokia launched 5G commercial services in Australia in early 2019. The two companies also launched a 5G Fixed Wireless Access service using the 5G New Radio standard.
Optus ended last year with nearly 300 live 5G sites across Australia. Optus previously said it expected to have a total of 1,200 5G sites by March 2020.
In July, Optus announced it was testing 5G mmWave technology in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson. Optus noted that mmWave technology will enable higher speed and reduced latency for its customers, especially in highly dense areas with large demand for the Optus mobile network.