With NB-IoT for Seville and Malaga communication systems will be modernised, maintenance improved, costs optimised and improved services to customers
Vodafone and Huawei have announced the latest step in European customer adoption of their joint NB-IoT solution for smart city and smart utility markets.
Spanish cities Malaga and Seville along with their respective utility services companies EMASA and EMASESA are set to trial NB-IoT in real life production environments from February next year. These trials represent a European first.
Both Malaga and Seville will be running the trials themselves, although Huawei and Vodafone will be providing chip sets and connectivity. For both city customers, the overall objective for the adoption of NB-IoT is to update communication systems and improve maintenance, optimise costs and offer an improved service to customers.
Jiang Wangcheng, VP. Marketing and solutions department, Huawei said, “We are pleased that Malaga City Council and EMASA, and Seville City Council and EMASESA, have been confirmed to be the latest adopters of NB-IoT. We are grateful for the recognition EMASA and EMASESA have entrusted in Huawei and Vodafone, Huawei and Vodafone will work together to create high standard NB-IoT infrastructure to secure the successful commercial launch of this innovative technology.“
“Malaga already has its own network of tele-reading water meters. We are looking at NB-IoT to improve the management of this service for the city council in order to pass this benefit to citizens. This is important not only for the city but for the entire region as Malaga receives more than 12 million tourists a year,” said Raul Jiménez, MD, EMASA.
Esperanza Caro Gomez, general secretary of economy and commerce at Seville City Council said, “NB-IoT is part of the R+D+I commitment of the Seville City Council to support the deployment of a new productive model and industrial development based on technological innovation and sustainability to make a city for people and improve their quality of life.”
Rather than just deployment for the tele-reading of water meters, the application of NB-IoT can be extended to smart city applications including traffic management, waste disposal, parking systems and the like.
According to Daniel Barallat, head of Vodafone’s IoT sales, Southern Europe and Middle East, the commercial launch of NB-IoT will be in September 2017.
“What we can say is that we are really committed to this new technology. We think it will be a revolution,” he said.
He also said that a strong eco system needed to be created between now and the commercial launch to ensure that all devices are compatible with one another on a worldwide network, so that customers working anywhere in the world can do so seamlessly.
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