Assuming the Internet of Things develops as expected, IoT sensors and other connected devices will soon be sending far more information than current data networks can handle.
The solution? Many point to 5G networks. As we detailed in a recent post, 5G technology promises high speeds, low latency and full support for low-bitrate devices and sensors. These are features your clients’ IoT implementations will need.
In preparation for the big Mobile World Congress 2017, being held next week in Barcelona, Spain, Intel this week is making a series of important announcements around 5G. These are not necessarily products for solution providers to offer their clients. But they matter, because Intel (among others) is now laying a foundation that your IoT solutions can be built on.
Here’s some of what’s new:
> Intel and Ericsson jointly launched a 5G industry initiative. Called the 5G Innovators Initiative, the program will aim to put together equipment makers, tech companies, universities and others to explore, test and hopefully innovate with 5G technology. Three organizations have already agreed to participate: GE, Honeywell, and University of California, Berkeley.
> Intel yesterday announced the LTE IoT Quick Deployment program, designed to support the rapid development of ready-to-deploy LTE devices. AT&T has agreed to be the first telecom carrier to work with Intel on this effort. And Sonim Technologies, a maker of rugged communications gear, has agreed to be the program’s first OEM; it intends to offer the first product in the program, the Sonim XPi, for under $150 by mid-year.
> Intel and Nokia announced plans to jointly open two 5G labs, one in the U.S., the other in Finland. These labs will provide a live environment for developers of 5G solutions, including Nokia’s AirScale and AirFrame and Intel’s infrastructure architecture.
> Also yesterday, Intel introduced a suite of products designed to prepare networks for 5G. These include new versions of its Atom processor C3000 family; new members of the Xeon processor D-1500 family; a 25 GbE Internet Ethernet adapter; and new versions of its QuickAssist technology adapter.
“5G marks a historic inflection point,” writes Sandra Rivera, Intel’s VP and GM of network platforms, in an online editorial. “Meeting the diverse speed, latency, energy and scale requirements needed to connect billions of smart devices in everything from autonomous cars to wearables to cities takes an entire ecosystem.”
This is why Intel’s foundation could be so important to your future IoT business. That ecosystem Rivera writes about will definitely include solution providers.