Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Verizon Builds Cat1 LTE network for IoT

Verizon is rolling out the world's first Cat1 LTE network features for IoT – ideal for use cases that were previously developed for 2G. V

Chipset platforms currently certified on Verizon's LTE network include Sequans and Altair. Earlier this year, Encore networks certified the world's first Cat1 IoT router solution on Verizon's LTE network.

Verizon said its goal is to make the value proposition for connecting Cat1 IoT applications on LTE in the U.S. as affordable as alternative technologies, while leveraging LTE's reliability.

The company also announced additional tools on its ThingSpace platform, including an expanded set of application program interfaces (APIs) and application enablement platforms (AEPs).  ThingSpace now integrates Bug Labs' dweet APIs and freeboard visualization engine. These new tools enable developers to connect their devices to the Internet, publish the data and create real-time interactive dashboards and control panels visualizing that device data.

"Our goal is to help accelerate market adoption for IoT by making the ecosystem as accessible as possible for developers to bring their solutions to market," said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president, IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon.  "Between our ThingSpace APIs and an expanded set of Cat1 devices deployed on our LTE network we are providing this largely underserved market with the tools needed for endless IoT solutions to be deployed at scale."

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Verizon's ThingSpace Ties IoT with Data Analytics and Cloud

Verizon launched ThingSpace, a new IoT platform allowing developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.

Thingspace, which will leverage an existing ecosystem of more than 1,000 channel partners and revenue from the company's IoT and telematics business, promises to accelerate innovation and adoption of IoT devices.  At a press event in San Francisco, Verizon's executives said the industry is poised to move from millions to billions of connected devices and sensors in the coming years. To achieve this, Verizon is creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution and the sharing economy.

Verizon has created a core IoT network within its LTE architecture optimized for Cat1 devices.  The company is also working with partners to embed LTE chipsets in a wide-range of connected machines to automate the provisioning process and make it faster to deploy IoT devices on its wide-area network

Significantly, Verizon will offer a big data analytics engine tied into its IoT deployments. ThingSpace will provide end-to-end management of IoT environments and related data, from device to network to application. The goal is to offer hundreds of APIs via the Thingspace environment. The data and analytics engine is being developed at the Verizon labs in Palo Alto, California.

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