by Ivo Rook, Senior Vice President, IoT and Product Development at Sprint
Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses at Ericsson
May 08, 2019

Just over a year ago, we embarked on a mission to create the most optimal operating environment for IoT. One where billions of connected devices – for the immediate and future economy – could be managed, secured and optimized in an unprecedented manner.

Even more, we developed Curiosity™ IoT – through collaborative efforts with Ericsson – to take the immense amounts of data flowing between those devices and quickly turn it into intelligence that could be used by customers to make near-instantaneous decisions for their businesses. Curiosity™ IoT is powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator and Cloud Core platforms, which features a virtualized core network and IoT operating system specifically designed for software.

Today, it’s more than alive – and we’re thrilled to be accepting the coveted Leading Lights Award for “Most Innovative M2M/IoT Strategy” from Light Reading, one of the telecommunication industry’s top information sources.

At Ericsson, we are proud to be working with Sprint, a pioneer in IoT and see this award as a testament of our joint innovation excellence. Sprint is one of the first to market with a distributed core network and operating system built especially for IoT, powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. This partnership paves the way for low latency and the highest availability of critical data. With the capability to ingest enormous amounts of data while delivering immediate intelligence, our collaboration helps with tomorrow’s data management.

So how are we taking this all and, along with a a strong ecosystem of other companies, moving the needle for actual use cases and businesses? And how is our dynamic vision poised to tackle the rapid evolution of IoT with the arrival of 5G?

CURIOSITY™ IOT IN ACTION: REAL-WORLD SMART CITY + 5G ECOSYSTEM DEPLOYMENT IN PEACHTREE CORNERS

Working with the local government in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, we are deploying Curiosity™ IoT today, in an American city, with real-world smart city infrastructure.

What does this mean for some of the most innovative companies driving technology forward across society and business? Various types of autonomous services, powered by IoT and maximized by 5G, are moving from concept to reality through Curiosity™ IoT.

Whether its vehicles or robots, the use of artificial intelligence and the need to navigate in real-world scenarios requires the power of the industry’s first distributed, virtualized and dedicated IoT core/operating system, coupled with real infrastructure and applications that make it come alive. Ericsson’s deep expertise, specifically in managing complex IoT environments, is instrumental to orchestrating the massive amount of moving parts.

Let’s take an autonomous service vehicle, for example. Peachtree Corners is building an intelligent vehicle test track, powered by Curiosity™ IoT, that will enable some of the world’s top brands to test the most advanced automotive technologies in actual driving conditions – from vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to fully autonomous operation.

  • Autonomous Vehicles/Robots/Services Need Flexible, IoT-Dedicated Connectivity.
    • From Sprint small cell deployment in city infrastructure (light fixtures, buildings, etc.), to Curiosity™ being designed to be truly access agnostic, autonomous machines can connect in virtually any way needed. From LTE CAT 1, CAT M, WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRa, LoRaWAN, satellite, wireline, 4G/LTE to coming 5G connectivity and more, Curiosity™ is as flexible as it gets.
    • With the virtualized and distributed design of Curiosity™, the network is now brought much closer to the vehicle and its data – enabling high bandwidth, high availability and low latency connectivity needed to make an autonomous machine operate best in real-world scenarios. The arrival of 5G further reinforces this.
  • Applications Enabling the Most Accurate, Real-World Navigation – “Micropositioning” and HD Mapping.
    • At the end of the day, the vehicle needs to be able to navigate like a human would through a city. That means pinpoint, instantaneous awareness of where it is. And that means reacting to everyday obstacles that pop up every minute – from road blocks, construction, people or other moving things.
      • Technologies like Micropositioning, which allows the machine to be connected to Curiosity™ through small cell connectivity in street lights and other fixtures, are extremely important.
      • HD Mapping, from partners like MapBox, allow the vehicle to navigate and react to real-life scenarios learned on-the-fly.
    • With Curiosity™ cutting down the distance between the vehicle (and its data), the applications that allow it to navigate and the machine learning processes that turn that data into intelligence about how the world really looks like, the vehicle can now operate with unprecedented precision.

Most importantly, the company operating that vehicle will tap into intelligence from that test data to make critical decisions for their businesses, strategies and emerging technologies into the future. That’s the power of Curiosity™ and Ericsson.