Nokia is aiming to boost its visibility in the smart cities space (or “digital cities”, as the company now calls them) with three new solutions plus a set of analytics-based smart-city services co-developed with Singaporean operator Starhub.
“IoT for Smart Cities” is an integrated, modular and scalable framework that Nokia says enables 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, Nokia’s Integrated Operations Center (IOC) orchestrates all smart city operations for enhanced efficiency, faster responsiveness and improved decision making. Blueprint applications include video surveillance, smart lighting, parking, waste management, and environmental sensing.
“Sensing as a Service” is a blockchain-based offering that provides real-time environmental data and intelligent analytics that operators can monetize by offering capex-free data services to enterprises, cities, public safety authorities and governments. Operators could utilize existing base station sites, with Nokia deploying sensors and integrating all available site equipment into an IoT real-time monitoring platform. Nokia says the service could be used to detect unusual environmental behavior like illegal construction, trash burning or unusual particles in the air. Sensing as a Service is powered by a blockchain enabling smart contracts – anonymized, private and secure micro-transactions that allow operators to monetize analyzed data and generate new revenue streams.
“S-MVNO (Secure Mobile Virtual Network Operator) 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. The 3GPP-compliant service, which is part of Nokia’s ViTrust portfolio, could help LTE networks fulfil stringent requirements on availability, resilience, performance, and security while ensuring interoperability with existing legacy public safety networks.
Nokia also announced it has co-developed new mobility analytics use cases with Starhub to help operators create value from the data in their networks to address the needs of digital cities.
By integrating the use cases into the Nokia AVA cognitive services platform, Nokia says it has been able to further co-develop and customize the solution to offer it to operators around the globe.
Mobility analytics offers operators collaboration opportunities to create new services and revenue streams, with network data providing insightful reports on customer movements, behaviors and habits. By utilizing subscriber location information, operators are able to create value for digital city players such as city planners, transportation authorities and the travel industry.
For example, measuring commuting patterns enables authorities to plan more efficient roads and public transport networks. Business owners benefit from more effective advertising, targeting people in the vicinity based on their travel patterns, activities and personal interests. City authorities can identify the movement patterns of people to help decide where to build parks, shopping malls, recreational buildings and offices.