Ericsson Seeks to Open up IoT Ecosystem With Accelerator Marketplace

Ericsson, a provider of technology and services to telecom operators, has announced IoT Accelerator Marketplace, a brand-new capability on the existing Ericsson IoT Accelerator Platform. This new Ericsson IoT Accelerator capability allows developers to leverage from a single platform, global cellular connectivity APIs from a variety of service providers.

Developers can use these APIs to integrate with applications cellular connectivity capabilities such as managing IP traffic and charging policies within the core network, event monitoring via suitable 3GPP network elements, and non-IP data delivery (NIDD). For service providers, IoT Accelerator Marketplace is a catalog of IoT apps from Ericsson Ecosystem partners. Service providers can provision ready-made apps from the marketplace that they can then offer to enterprise customers. These ready-made apps make it possible for service provider enterprise customers to enable automated device and subscription onboarding, improved battery life for devices, location-based services, and many other use cases.

Osvaldo Aldao, Head of IoT Solutions, Ericsson, told ProgrammableWeb that “the Ericsson IoT Accelerator Marketplace enables collaboration within the cellular IoT ecosystem community. Such collaboration allows application developers to access a global advanced set of capabilities, for the rapid creation of applications based on new 3GPP technologies; while service providers profit from the access of a global application ecosystem, speeding up value creation for enterprise and consumers through IoT.”

The global cellular connectivity APIs available in the marketplace offer a number of capabilities including (but not limited to) network services such as policy and charging rules Function (PCRF) for managing IP traffic and charging policies within the core network, and mobility management entity (MME) for managing mobile stations mobility. Network applications are available via APIs allowing for location-based services, data plan handling, and the Integration of IoT standard devices management capabilities with cellular applications such as Web-RTC communication for voice and video services on CAT-M devices. CAT-M is technology that is used to connect IoT devices directly to a 4G network.

A number of APIs for the utilization of network resources are also available. Among the APIs available are the Communication Pattern API, Monitoring Event Callback API, and NIDD Data Delivery API. The Communication Pattern API can be used by apps to configure when and how often user equipment (UE) or a group of UEs in 3GPP networks should connect. Apps can utilize the Monitoring Event Callback API to report detected events (reported in the Event Monitoring Report) to authorized users. The NIDD Data Delivery API allows the Service Capability Exposure Function (SCEF) to send NIDD notifications to applications in 3GPP networks as well as NIDD Mobile Oriented (MO) requests. SCEF separates the underlying 3GPP network interfaces and protocols from the various network nodes.

Access to the Ericsson IoT Accelerator Marketplace is free for application developers, and once they build a suitable application, they can apply to become an Ecosystem partner. The company is currently focusing on 3GPP/cellular technology-driven solutions specifically designed for smart cities, transport and logistics, and smart manufacturing. The company says that it will put extra effort into partners who are building apps with a focus on these areas. Aldao, told ProgrammableWeb that “the Ericsson marketplace exposes these applications to service providers around the world. Ericsson’s role is to allow matchmaking between application partners and services providers, delivering value to enterprises and the market in general.”

Ericsson has also made a number of investments into 5G networks to support the IoT.  Aldao explained that if service providers want to capitalize on the business potential of those networks, they need to form relevant business relationships within IoT today. “The IoT Accelerator Marketplace is the ideal tool to facilitate these global relationships between device manufacturers, service providers, industry partners and application developers," said Aldao. “By opening the ecosystem for application developers, the number of applications to offer enterprise customers will increase. Service providers that leverage their connectivity advantage and position themselves wisely in massive IoT today will have a head start in industrial IoT fueled by 5G. The partnerships formed within IoT today will be a great asset in the 5G ecosystem.”

For more information about the Ericsson IoT Accelerator Marketplace and to request early-bird access, visit the company website.

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