Cog­ni­tive Era Dawns!

Forty per­cent of all data will be IoT by 2020, with at least 30 bil­lion de­vices on the net­work glob­ally.

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By 2020, the num­ber of In­ter­net-con­nected-de­vices are ex­pected to be some­where be­tween 25-50 bil­lion, glob­ally. About 2 bil­lion of th­ese de­vices are ex­pected to be in In­dia, pro­vided progress of vi­sion­ary pro­grams such as Dig­i­tal In­dia and 100 Smart Cities stay on course. Launched in 2014, th­ese two pro­grams could lead to mas­sive ex­pan­sion of the IoT in­dus­try ecosys­tem. In­dia is bet­ting big on it. IoT (In­ter­net of Things), it is said, will en­able In­dia to leapfrog to the 5G era along with rest of the world, un­like al­most a decade’s time lag in get­ting to mo­bile tech­nolo­gies 2G and then 3G / 4G.

Some of the key as­pects of smart cities pri­mar­ily in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gent trans­port sys­tems, smart water, en­ergy and waste man­age­ment, smart main­te­nance of cities and cit­i­zen ser­vices will drive the sen­sor-ev­ery­where in­dus­try en­vi­ron­ment, en­abling hu­mon­gous data gen­er­a­tion avail­able for struc­tur­ing and mak­ing it pro­duc­tive for hu­man life.

There are a num­ber of in­dus­try ver­ti­cals where IoT use­cases are run­ning in pi­lot scale demon­strat­ing how au­to­ma­tion is solv­ing in­dus­try spe­cific prob­lems, and a num­ber of early adopters are even de­riv­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity gains from th­ese pilots. In­dia’s M2M roadmap was re­leased in 2015, out­lin­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture frame­work. And the coun­try’s first IoT pol­icy is in the works and open for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Telecom Sec­re­tary J S Deepak, shared some de­tails on it at the re­cent three-day IoT Congress or­ga­nized by IET’s In­dia IoT Panel in Ben­galuru.

The IoT pol­icy, it is pro­posed will be im­ple­mented via a multi-pil­lar ap­proach. The ap­proach com­prises five ver­ti­cal pil­lars in­clud­ing Demon­stra­tion Cen­tres; Ca­pac­ity Build­ing & In­cu­ba­tion; R&D and In­no­va­tion; In­cen­tives and En­gage­ments; Hu­man Re­source Devel­op­ment) and two hor­i­zon­tal sup­ports -Stan­dards & Gov­er­nance Struc­ture.

Deepak elab­o­rated in his key­note speech at IoT Congress that sig­nif­i­cant amount of work is al­ready through. The Reg­is­tra­tion guide­lines and KYC norms for SIM em­bed­ded M2M (ma­chine-to-ma­chine) de­vices are close to an­nounce- ment. “The team has come up with a 13 digit num­ber­ing scheme for SIM em­bed­ded de­vices for M2M. Th­ese will be dif­fer­ent from P2P (per­son-to-per­son) com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” he said. Defin­ing th­ese guide­lines and stan­dards are crit­i­cal for the smart city pro­gram and Dig­i­tal In­dia to take-off. The Telecom En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre (TEC) and au­ton­o­mous body Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Stan­dards Devel­op­ment So­ci­ety, In­dia (TSDSI), are work­ing to en­able the IoT ecosys­tem with a view of en­cryp­tion, pri­vacy and se­cu­rity as well.

Re­cently, In­dia also opened up the li­cens­ing for vir­tual net­work op­er­a­tors (VNOs), which will boost the IoT ecosys­tem and in turn fuel growth in telecom sec­tor. IoT of­fers av­enues for telecom op­er­a­tors and sys­tem in­te­gra­tors to sig­nif­i­cantly boost their rev­enues and in fact, has re­sulted in their tak­ing lead in adop­tion of IoT ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices be­ing of­fered by the tech­nol­ogy.

(Nar­row­band) NB-IoT to Lead

Ear­lier this year, telecom ma­jor Voda­fone Group and Huawei came to­gether to es­tab­lish an IoT Open Lab in New­bury, UK to de­velop prod­ucts and ap­pli­ca­tions on Nar­row­band-IoT (NB-IoT) tech­nol­ogy. First of the de­vices with ap­pli­ca­tions on NB-IoT will reach mar­ket as early as Jan­uary 2017. Huawei has been sim­i­larly work­ing with Deutsche Telekom, China Uni­com and Eti­salat (UAE) since early 2015. At the re­cently con­cluded Huawei Con­nect 2016 Con­fer­ence, in Shang­hai, Huawei show­cased its IoT strat­egy and in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions, and how it is in­volved in set­ting up open IoT labs and pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment of IoT Stan­dards with its global part­ners.

Ac­cord­ing to Jiang Wangcheng, VP of Huawei Mar­ket­ing and So­lu­tion Sales De­part­ment, Huawei is com­mit­ted to help tel­cos ac­cel­er­ate the com­mer­cial adop­tion of NB-IoT and ma­tur­ing of the in­dus­try chain. The com­pany has an­nounced the re­lease of the world’s first 3GPP-based NB-IoT com­mer­cial chip called Boudica. It will be a sys­tem on chip (SoC) that fea­tures high level of in­te­gra­tion and ul­tra low

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