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MoU aims to deliver IoT solutions

A proof of concept of water telemetry explores Cisco’s Ultra IoT capabilities to launch new services

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Cisco is an important member of Altice Portugal's IoT ecosystem
Cisco is an important member of Altice Portugal's IoT ecosystem

Telecommunication and multimedia operator Altice Portugal has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cisco on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

 

Altice Portugal considers the expansion of NB-IoT essential for the emergence of new IoT use cases, and to continue its IoT solutions portfolio diversification.

 

In the first project under this MoU, Altice Portugal and Cisco, in collaboration with Janz, developed a proof of concept of water telemetry to explore Cisco’s Ultra IoT capabilities to launch new IoT services.

 

This system, which consists of the Cisco Ultra services platform, a fully virtualised, 5G-ready mobile services core that enables the availability of the new mobile network protocols targeted to IoT, namely narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT). It also includes the eSCEF module which exposes network capabilities and resources to vertical applications and IoT platforms with integrated API management.

 

NB-IoT is a new IoT-compatible connectivity technology that aims to reduce battery consumption of equipment, making it possible to increase the useful life of IoT devices that can remain active for several years. NB-IoT is a future-proof technology, using the cellular network and offering a guarantee of interoperability between different equipment and suppliers.

 

According to the partners, water telemetry will test this new technology effectively, since it requires an autonomous battery, often in hard-to-reach places, requiring deep indoor coverage.

 

However, other IoT use cases like gas and electricity, smart metering, smart parking, asset and animal tracking as well as people security will benefit greatly from NB-IoT technology.

 

“Cisco plays an important role with our IoT ecosystem, and the new virtual packet core will be instrumental to enable fast IoT application development,” said Luís Alveirinho, chief technology officer, Altice Portugal.

 

“The proof of concept now developed clearly demonstrates the ability of the defined architecture to effectively support a range of low power wide area applications of which smart water meeting is a good example.”

 

“Altice Portugal is moving to the next level with IoT to digitise and transform [its] business,” added Yves Padrines, vice president, global service provider EMEAR, Cisco.

 

“We are excited about the possibilities ahead for this innovative, joint proof on concept, to help them deliver secure, integrated IoT solutions across a wide range of vertical markets, spanning different classes of service.”

 

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