Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with StarHub to develop new IoT use cases and applications in the areas of connected living, connected vehicles and connected buildings, with plans to offer commercial services to customers the first quarter of 2018.
The companies say the alliance will enable easier and more rapid development of IoT services, and help enterprises discover and capitalize on Smart Nation opportunities and capabilities to propel their business.
Nokia will support StarHub and its partners in the development of use cases such as for smart parking, environmental sensors and video analytics. Nokia will also help StarHub promote the benefits of IoT technology through various activities, including developer outreach programs and participation in IoT-related events.
Nokia Bell Labs will provide added consultancy services to StarHub and its enterprise customers.
“A large component of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative involves the deployment of IoT devices in the environment, including in the home, along streets and in parks, and in offices,” said Dr Chong Yoke Sin, chief of StarHub’s Enterprise Business Group. “The granular data derived from these sensors will allow our enterprise customers to understand and gain insights from their own customers, improving operational efficiencies and aid in long-term planning. We will leverage Nokia’s IoT technology to help address urban challenges faced by our government and commercial customers.”
Singapore’s cellcos have been racing to be major players in the island’s IoT ecosystem. M1 and Singtel launched their NB-IoT networks earlier this year. StarHub is also deploying NB-IoT, and has been showcasing IoT apps including connected cars and smart buildings.