Nokia is taking another step toward simplifying the complex Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with the launch of WING, a platform that helps enterprises manage connectivity on different types of networks.
WING is intended to be coupled with Nokia’s other IoT products, including its Impact platform. It will act as a sort of managed IoT service that provides connectivity between cellular and non-cellular networks including satellite and low-power wide area networks. In addition, it will streamline billing as well as provide customer care.
Nokia says WING is geared toward global companies that need ubiquitous connectivity and subscription and device management. For example, a company that needs to track shipping containers could use WING to handle the connectivity over land via a cellular network and over the ocean via satellite.
In a media briefing, Phil Twist, head of mobile networks, marketing, and communications at Nokia, referred to WING as a worldwide IoT grid that combines connectivity from cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi and can be coupled with the Impact platform to provide application enablement. “Global enterprises can have a virtual network for IoT devices,” Twist said.
He added that for service providers that want to add an IoT business to their portfolios, Nokia will offer WING as a white-label, fully managed service that they can brand and sell to enterprise customers.
Nokia recently updated its Impact IoT platform to make it easier for customers to manage data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics, and application enablement.
WING sounds similar to the Cisco Jasper IoT platform. Cisco Jasper works with service providers to help their enterprise customers configure and automate connectivity for their IoT devices around the world.