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Cellcom deploys Nokia's sensing-as-a-service in Israel

Environmental sensors placed on existing radio base station sites will collect real-time data in areas such as noise, wind, dust and air quality.

Israeli cities can use the data to launch a new range of smart services
Israeli cities can use the data to launch a new range of smart services

Telco firm Cellcom Israel has signed an agreement with Nokia to deploy sensing-as-a-service (SaaS) in Israel. The aim is to create a real-time environmental data offering for the first time using Cellcom’s existing radio infrastructure.


According to Nokia, SaaS allows the re-use of existing radio sites to deliver real-time, comprehensive environmental data including information about noise, wind, dust, air quality and hazardous gases.


Helping to build new services


Cellcom Israel’s customers in enterprise, transport, healthcare, cities and utilities can subscribe to the data and use it to build new types of services such as real-time allergy alerts, traffic routing based on pollution levels, and city, road and park planning, including green biking routes.


Additionally, by placing sensors at existing sites, the operator will get a new type of data associated with their field equipment that will allow them to decrease costs, it claims. For example, by aligning air conditioner temperatures on all sites, detecting tower and structural vibrations, and predicting sand storms.


“We are always looking at innovative ways of improving our efficiency and creating new revenues. Nokia’s sensing-as-a-service meets both requirements,” said Ron Shvili, CTO of Cellcom Israel.

“Sensing-as-a-service is a great example of what IoT can do to tap the potential of data"

“By placing environmental sensors in our base station sites, we can collect data that we can sell to enterprises, public safety authorities and cities while running our sites more cost effectively.”


As part of the solution, Nokia said it will manage the infrastructure and build a full turnkey solution allowing customers to focus directly on key strengths.


Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), together with Cellcom Israel, Nokia will also deploy a blockchain-based Internet of Things (IoT) “data shop”.


The intention is to allow both companies to increase the transparency of IoT data monetisation and drive new opportunities to innovate with ecosystem data.


“Sensing-as-a-service is a great example of what IoT can do to tap the potential of data. It allows reusing existing infrastructure with great possibilities and very little risk,” added Thierry Boisnon, head of portfolio and investment management strategy for global services at Nokia.


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