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Ericsson and Microsoft partner on IoT accelerator

Steve Rogerson
May 25, 2017

Ericsson and Microsoft are working together to strengthen the global IoT ecosystem by enabling enterprises to speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services.
The Ericsson IoT accelerator allows enterprises to deploy their IoT services using Microsoft Azure, which connects them directly to the ecosystem of mobile operators using the connectivity management service delivered by the Swedish company’s DCP device connection platform, which is part of the IoT accelerator.
"The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the internet of things will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018,” said Niklas Heuveldop, chief strategy officer at Ericsson. “Today, enterprises are facing a major challenge of complexity in IoT deployment. By combining industry-leading innovation and ecosystems, our collaboration with Microsoft removes complexity and brings the possibilities of the IoT closer for enterprises everywhere."
The accelerator, a cloud-based, horizontal cross-industry offering comprising platform services and near-product services for telecoms operators and selected industries, provides a continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a service to enable agile creation and deployment of services for the IoT.
The connectivity management service of the accelerator allows telecom operators to design, launch and evolve managed IoT connectivity offerings towards enterprises requiring cellular connectivity. It also provides enterprises with full control and automation capabilities to handle the connectivity for their IoT devices.
By cooperating with the continuously growing number of other telecoms operators connected to Ericsson DCP, telecoms operators can address the needs of global enterprises without making one-off investments alone. The platform gives the enterprise a unified service experience for their entire device fleet.
"Working together with Ericsson helps us delight our customers and partners by enabling more choices to control their cellular connected IoT devices,” said Sam George, Microsoft director of Azure IoT.
Water pump company Grundfos is the first enterprise that has trialled the pre-integrated offering from Ericsson and Microsoft to manage its smart connected water pumps.
Lars Enevoldsen, group vice president at Grundfos, said: "The pre-integration between the offerings from Microsoft and Ericsson allows us to focus on providing added value and new services to our customers."