Sprint and Ericsson have joined in a relationship to build a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated specifically to the Internet of Things (IoT), in addition to an IoT operating system. This environment, which is purpose-built for the future of IoT, is designed to create an optimal flow of device data, enabling immediate, actionable intelligence at the network edge for end users and enterprises.
“We are combining our IoT strategy with Ericsson’s expertise to build a platform primed for the most demanding applications like artificial intelligence, edge computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and more with ultra-low-latency, the highest availability and an unmatched level of security at the chip level,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT for Sprint. “This is a network built for software and it’s ready for 5G. Our IoT platform is for those companies, large and small, that are creating the immediate economy.”
Sprint + Ericsson: Operating Environment for IoT
The Core Network is dedicated to providing low latency and high availability data. It is distributed and virtualized, reducing distance between the device generating the data and the IoT application processing it. Nodes will be distributed to the enterprise premise, if necessary, to support specific security, privacy and latency requirements.
The IoT operating system enables simplified inbound and outbound activity for device connectivity. Configuration and updates of firmware and software are managed for each device. All data is managed securely with world-class security on the chip level.
The IoT OS will provide full subscription lifecycle management and monitoring of billing and usage data, and it will be designed to ingest enormous amounts of data while delivering immediate intelligence on that data.