The world of IoT has opened the mankind to a world where we can automate, protect, and monitor our houses like never before. One can now keep any eye on their toddlers in house while out for work, protect the house from theft, integrate their home theater system and even reduce the money spent on energy consumption. Yes, all this and a lot more can now happen, all thanks to IoT.
For the uninitiated, the whole concept behind IoT is to connect more and more devices, including the ones that are situated far away from a company’s data or maintenance centers. And, for enterprises that boost of having devices all around the world, vendors and service providers are finally starting to look at the bigger picture.
At the Mobile World Congress slated to be held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March 2017, Finnish multinational communications and information technology company Nokia is gearing to showcase its worldwide IoT network grid called the ‘WING.’
Reportedly, WING is a virtual global infrastructure that might include multiple private and carrier networks and satellite systems, based on what an enterprise is looking to connect and how it is planning to make use of the data collected. It is a managed service that aims to simplify global IoT connectivity by spanning technologies and borders. WING will be able to give enterprises working in domains like transport, safety, utilities and health complete access to a global IoT connectivity grid with subscription and device management, security and analytics all inclusive.
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. It has been applauded worldwide for uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. Apart from the Mobile World Congress, the GSMA also produces several other industry-leading events such as , Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Expected to be made commercially available in the second half of this year, WING will be able to provide a global enterprise their own virtual network of global connectivity for their IoT devices.
The era of WING also spells a golden era for operators all around the world as they will be able to take advantage of the several new business opportunities that will become available to them when they join a global federation of IoT connectivity services. They will have the opportunity of making good use their excess network capacity to serve multi-national enterprises that are in need of a near-global IoT connectivity to realise their new revenue streams, that too as quickly as possible and with little or no effort.
The Finnish technology giant will be able to put an operator’s planned IoT business launch on a fast-track mode so as to successfully achieve a short time to market. The WING will also be able to provide a white label managed service model, which will allow the operators to offer the service under their own brand.
As far as consumers as concerned, they will be immensely benefiting from a wide range of seamlessly connected IoT applications and devices as the Finnish company becomes the first one to have successfully collaborated with operators to give birth to a global IoT grid.
Nokia’s Impact IoT platform, which is an intelligent management platform for all connected things, has been given the responsibility of managing all the devices and the subscriptions to various service providers. It will be employing eSIMs, which is a software-defined form of the Subscriber Identity Modules in cellphones, to shift devices from one carrier to another as they move across the borders.
It is interesting to note that Nokia announced WING just days after venerable satellite operator Inmarsat talked about about foraying into global IoT. Recently, the satellite operator has successfully linked its low-power, unlicensed LoRaWAN networks with its worldwide fleet of spacecraft.