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Its history in the device management space accounts for Nokia’s management of over 1.5bn devices on the planet today

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Nokia: Making a direct IMPACT with verticals
Nokia: Making a direct IMPACT with verticals

Nokia has announced updates to its Intelligent Management Platform for its All Connected Things (IMPACT) solution. This upgrade makes it easier for customers to deploy new services and business models for key IoT vertical applications, such as smart parking, smart lighting and transportation/automotive.

 

The upgrade includes a number of brand new features such as support for some of the latest IoT optimised connectivity protocols such as Low Power Wan (LPWAN), in particular unlicensed LoRa and licensed NB-IoT networks. This will help to ensure that customer IoT devices are connected far more efficiently.

 

In addition Nokia has launched a set of specific, direct to market vertical applications: video analytics, smart parking, smart lighting and vehicle applications. Sitting on top of the platform, these are designed to work across one another. The key here is interoperability; they work together in a standard space.

 

“The whole notion with IMPACT is to try and get the network effect meaning that these applications aren’t bespoke machine kind of things. When you deploy one, you can use features from others and invent new applications on top of it that don’t yet exist,“ says Jason Collins, VP, IoT marketing, Nokia.

 

The video analytics offering is the company’s first launch of a cognitive, analytic solution for a particular application. Created by Nokia Bells Labs Machine, this recognises video footage as a form of flow. So for example, in London there are hundreds of cameras, but there is no way this data can be analysed by humans alone, or stored due to the vastness of the enterprise.

 

Video analytics cuts through this as it can ‘learn’ what is normal for a particular camera. It can recognise what is usual for that camera to see, and if there are any abnormalities to its flow of usual data, it then flags these up.

 

The 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.

 

The Smart lighting application enables municipalities to optimise electricity use and thereby, reduce costs via real-time inventory management. It automatically detects lighting issues and outages to help ensure maximum uptime.

 

Vehicle applications allows for predictive maintenance, fuel efficiency, supply chain optimisation and geo-fencing solutions triggered by vehicle data. This includes fuel levels, speed and GPS location. This data can be collected from a connected head unit or an aftermarket (ODB2-based) device.

 

IMPACT was first launched in June 2016 arising from a background of several other software packages that Nokia had in the works over several years, as well as the purchase of a company just over a year ago called Information.

 

“IMPACT has such a history in device management, we have over 15, 000 devices certified on the platform. It has a big history that now we’re leveraging into the IoT space. We are by far the number one in device management on the planet,” says Collins.

 

IMPACT utilises features the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security (NES) network-based anti-malware solution. This takes a multi layer security approach and utilises cognitive analytics to analyse traffic patterns from within the network. NES is regarded more efficient than traditional antivirus software, as it cannot be disabled and protects IoT devices without requiring any on-board security software.

 

Frank Ploumen, CTO, IoT platform and applications, Nokia, said: “In addition to delivering industry leading device management, security and analytics capabilities, IMPACT uniquely provides a single horizontal platform allowing customers to mange and analyse data across multiple IoT applications. This makes each application richer and the insights more valuable.

 

“Our focus is on enabling customers to more easily build and deploy new high value services and business models while keeping data secure and optimising the network infrastructure efficiently.”

 

The latest version of the Nokia IMPACT IoT Platform is expected to be available in 2Q 2017.

 

 

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