- Recently, VMware announced its edge infrastructure and IoT management platform--the Pulse IoT Centre’s new version 2.0.
- VMware’s move follows the pattern set by other big companies getting into IoT.
To amass growth, companies including VMware, Silicon Labs, and Nokia enhancing their IoT lineup.
Recently, VMware announced its edge infrastructure and IoT management platform–the Pulse IoT Centre’s new version 2.0. VMware’s move follows the pattern set by other big companies getting into IoT: Leveraging their existing technological strengths and applying them to the messier, more doubtful networking environment that IoT represents.
The product 2.0 is available as SaaS option, and VMware has also included new features like the simplified device-onboarding and centralized management features.
This might sound similar to companies with any kind of a background in network management from HPE/Aruba to Amazon which have been promoting their system as the best framework for managing a complicated and often decentralized web of IoT devices from a single platform.
By offering features like software updates, onboarding and security into a single-pane-of-glass management console, those companies are hoping to be the organizational base for customers trying to implement IoT.
Whether they get success or not is yet to be seen. While major IT companies have been trying to capture market share by competing across multiple verticals, the operational orientation of the IoT also means that non-traditional tech vendors with expertise in particular fields are suddenly major competitors.
Silicon Labs focus more on IoT chips
System on a chip is what makes a device intelligent, which is why it is the core of any IoT implementation, and Silicon Labs announced that it’s giving importance in building its IoT-focused product lineup.
The American chipmaker said that version 2 of its Wireless Gecko platform will carry more than double the wireless connectivity range of previous entries, which could ease design requirements for companies planning out IoT deployments. The chipsets support Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh networking, and are designed for line-powered IoT devices, using Arm Cortex-M33 processors for relatively strong computing capacity and high energy efficiency.
Chipset advances aren’t the type of thing that will pay off immediately in terms of making IoT devices more capable, but improvements like these make designing IoT endpoints for particular uses that much easier, and new SoCs will begin to filter into line-of-business equipment over time.
Nokia expands the IoT network
As a giant carrier-equipment vendor, Nokia is an important company in the overall IoT landscape. While some types of enterprise-focused IoT are heavily localized, like connected factory floors or centrally managed office buildings, others are so geographically diverse that carrier networks are the only connectivity medium that makes sense.
The Finnish company earlier this month broadened its footprint in the IoT space, announcing that it had partnered with Nordic Telecom to create a wide-area network focused on enabling IoT and emergency services. The network, which Nokia is billing as the first mission-critical communications network, operates using LTE technology in the 410-430MHz band – a relatively low frequency, which allows for better propagation and a wide effective range.
The idea is to provide a high-throughput, low-latency network option to any user on the network, whether it’s an emergency services provider needing high-speed video communication or an energy or industrial company with a low-delay-tolerance application.
Date: May 04, 2019
Source: ET CIO.com