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Nov 18 2016

Who knew that ice cream logistics was a metaphor for the IoT?

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The Internet of Things, or IoT, is changing the way we work and live in ways that were unimagined a few short years ago. Consumers can now monitor activities in their home with security cameras, track the progress of their laundry and control their thermostats – all remotely, using a smartphone or tablet. This technology is bringing the idea of digital transformation to life, and changing the way that both communications service providers (CSPs) and Enterprises are bringing both services and goods to market in a very real way that we can all relate to... let me explain.

Recently at Texas I was given the opportunity to demonstrate how Nokia’s IMPACT IoT platform evolves M2M solutions that arise in a ‘cold chain.’ Since there is no single blueprint for what an IoT is; Dell developed a use case around how IoT is changing the way ice cream is made and delivered. In this case, IMPACT streamlines the process by managing all the sensors along the way and providing a common data platform for all the parties to use to track progress through each stage of the manufacturing and delivery process. The resulting accountability and tracking helps ensure that the ice cream isn’t damaged, meets quality expectations and, even more important, doesn’t make people sick.

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For those of you who don’t know what a ‘Cold Chain’ is, it is the logistics process involved when moving temperature-sensitive goods (such as cold food or pharmaceuticals) from source, to pack house, to cold storage and, ultimately, the store. Today, each of these independent entities may (or may not) track assets and temperature or other environmental indicators. As soon as the product moves from one entity to the next, visibility and accountability is lost. By the time the goods make it to the destination, we really aren’t certain if they were delivered without spoilage. And if they did spoil, we aren’t sure who, where, why or when the spoilage occurred.

This is the result of M2M applications built by the entities in silos. You can imagine the farm or the transport or warehouse installed proprietary sensors connected to vertical applications, generating data that isn’t shared with any of the adjacent entities. If any of the players want to add a sensor type, it means another application.

Breaking down silos

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As this picture points out; vertical solutions are costly to integrate, duplicate effort and result in underutilized resources. The way to solve this problem is to handle it horizontally and not vertically—this is the promise of enterprise IoT. That is, it should be very easy for enterprises to harness IoT for business insights and optimization.

See how it works in our Cold Chain Logistics Video:

The demonstration at Dell EMC World featured different types of sensors connected to the IMPACT platform, highlighting how the Dell Edge Gateway collects data, processes it and, when appropriate, sends it up to IMPACT. IMPACT ensures lossless data collection and provides analytics, regardless of the type of network access.

The customers who saw the demo in Austin really responded to the notion of breaking down silos. They intuitively understand that having 100 sensors can’t mean 100 solutions and 100 applications.  As the cost of sensors drop, their ubiquity rises.  IMPACT makes it very easy to add more data sources to complement the enterprise view of their operations. They also appreciated the notion that the platform is ‘use-case agnostic’, meaning that it can be used for any number of parallel IoT use cases. Perhaps what everyone appreciated most was that after the demo, everyone got ice cream – on time and still frozen!

Here’s the full brief on our Cold Chain Logistics Solution

Watch the Telecom Industry Association video coverage of the demo from Dell EMC World here.

Nokia IMPACT Platform receives 2016 Broadband Award

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The Broadband Awards are regarded as the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the broadband marketplace. Taking place in London on October 19 – during Broadband World Forum 2016 – Nokia’s IMPACT IoT platform, along with the Nokia Motive® Connected Device Platform (CDP) was honored with a first place award in the “Best Innovation in Internet of Things” category.

This award recognizes achievements that have made an impact in the field and that are helping realize the vision of a future connected world. “For those who have harnessed or enhanced the power of IoT, this award will recognize one solution provider as the world leader in IoT.”

In a nutshell

Nokia’s Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) is a secure, application-independent IoT platform. It gives CSPs, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services and reduces costs and time to market. IMPACT also handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application. IMPACT integrates Motive Connected Device Platform (CDP) with its market-leading device management capabilities, the experience of managing more than 1.5 billion devices and sensors, and our network security expertise.

Visit our website for more on IoT including:

IoT for Service ProvidersIoT for the Automotive Fleet IndustryIoT for UtilitiesIoT for Smart CitiesIoT for Automotive

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About Khamis Abulgubein

Khamis is a leader in the IoT Community team; which develops innovative IoT solutions with best-in-class ecosystem partners. Even though Nokia takes him to hot places like Texas and Las Vegas, he beats the heat with his advanced water sliding techniques.