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Nokia addresses the needs of digital cities

Its Sensing-as-a-Service technology will be powered by blockchain and provide intelligent analytics on environmental data

Nokia's smart cities platform is powered by cross-application data-sharing and analytics
Nokia's smart cities platform is powered by cross-application data-sharing and analytics

Nokia has unveiled a portfolio of services and technology to help meet the challenges of urbanisation.


The Finnish network giant has developed a smart city platform and framework to deliver IoT services for smart cities, including sensing-as-a-service and mission-critical broadband services for urban safety.


IoT for Smart Cities is a fully-integrated, modular and scalable framework, which aims to enable operators and master systems integrators to take advantage of unified smart city management while unlocking new revenue streams by rapidly launching new services.


Powered by cross-application data sharing, analytics and automation, its integrated operations centre (IOC) orchestrates all smart city operations for enhanced efficiency, faster responsiveness and improved decision-making, said Nokia.


Blueprint applications include video surveillance, smart lighting, parking, waste management, and environmental sensing.


Sensing-as-a-Service provides real-time environmental data and intelligent analytics that operators can monetise by offering capex-free data services to enterprises, cities, public safety authorities and governments. Operators can utilise existing base station sites, with Nokia deploying sensors and integrating all available site equipment into an IoT real-time monitoring platform.


Sensing-as-a-Service enables possibilities to detect unusual environmental behaviour like illegal construction, trash burning or unusual particles in the air.


It is powered by a blockchain enabling smart contracts: anonymised, private and secure micro-transactions that allow operators to monetise analysed data and generate new revenue streams.


Meanwhile, secure mobile virtual network operator (S-MVNO) for Public Safety enables operators to leverage their commercial LTE networks to offer mission-critical broadband services to public safety agencies, and thus generate new revenue streams.


According to Nokia, the 3GPP-compliant service, which is part of its ViTrust portfolio, helps commercial LTE networks fulfil stringent requirements on availability, resilience, performance, and security while ensuring interoperability with existing legacy public safety networks.


“Cities need to become digital in order to efficiently deliver services to their habitants. Smart infrastructure, which is shared, secure, and scalable, is needed to ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used,” said Asad Rizvi, head of global services business development at Nokia.


“We can help cities with that. In addition, we can help operators generate new revenue utilising their existing network by providing solutions for smart city players, such as city, transport, travel and public safety authorities.”


Nokia’s offering for digital cities will be showcased at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, (26 February to 1 March 2018) in hall 3, stand 3A10.



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