Earlier this week, Nokia came with an important announcement for the IoT domain. The company revealed its intention of rolling out WING. This could help unite the global IoT network.
IoT or the Internet of Things is one of the area’s registering a constant growth. Such devices have started becoming a common occurrence. And they are increasingly more used in our every-day life. Nonetheless, the area is still facing some issues. For example, the fact that each device producer has its own wireless standard.
As an IoT standard is far from being established, Nokia presented a new solution. The company is currently working on developing WING. This is the Worldwide IoT Network Grid. As its name already implies, it is meant to come as a global solution.
Nokia’s announcement came earlier this week. And it offered a series of details about the WING functionality and structure. Theoretically, it should combine multiple diverse connections. It should unite satellite, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.
After being put together, these should enable a globally connected network. More exactly, one that should offer a nearly gapless connectivity throughout the world.
Nokia will be in charge of keeping the network’s functionality. It will first unify then optimize and manage it. It will do so with help from its proprietary IMPACT IoT platform. This should allow Nokia to sell this network to interested clients. And it will come as a service.
Nokia will be taking care of the network’s backend. User devices will also manage their share. They could do so through the e-SIM technology.
According to its report, the company will be taking care of WING. It will be managing it and distributing its network resources. At the same time, it will be working to expand and maximize its coverage. The IMPACT platform will also have another purpose. It will be providing and ensuring WING’s security.
Nokia’s presented network should come as quite an advantage. It could theoretically allow a dynamic management of the various IoT applications. Which could also be distributed throughout various, different connection types.
With WING, Nokia will be trying to unite IoT. And also to help simplify it. This in itself may make a major difference. And it may be a quite difficult task.
Nonetheless, Nokia has its share or licenses and equipment. Which could be used to deploy this globally connected IoT network. Even following its implementation, WING could continue growing. As such, it may even come to include the majority of IoT devices across the world. Or even become the newest standard.
And its full-service management could be an advantage to all the users. These services would be offered through the WING subscription service. It could be a way for enterprises to cover and offer their entire IoT structure.
Initially, Nokia specifically pointed out three domains which could benefit from WING. These are the transport, utilities, and health areas. Nonetheless, other segments and also uses could also become available.
At the beginning, individual customers will most likely access WING through company services and products. The network could, initially, be too expensive. As such, they most likely would not tap directly into it. Nonetheless, network advances may make it more easily available later on.
As it is, even an enterprise use of WING is believed to cut down on costs. And also offer a faster release of new IoT services. Presently, Nokia has yet to announce when it will start unrolling WING. Still, its IMPACT IoT platform is already in use.
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