To accelerate adoption, Verizon aims to simplify the Internet of Things
Verizon has its sights set on speeding up consumers’ adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). To do so, the company developed a global strategy to simplify IoT. The networking and communications company detailed that plan in a statement this week.
Verizon’s plan includes:
- Launching ThingSpace: a new IoT platform that will allow developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.
- Creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases
- Driving innovation to tackle big challenges in agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution, and the sharing economy
- Commercializing Verizon's big data analytics engine for IoT deployments
- Introducing three new end-to-end smart cities solutions, Intelligent Video, Intelligent Lighting and Intelligent Traffic Management.
“Continued innovation in smart cities, connected cars and wearables demonstrates that IoT is the future for how we will live and work," Mike Lanman, senior vice president Enterprise Products at Verizon, said in a statement. "Despite the exciting potential, IoT is still too complex, too fragmented, too expensive to connect and too hard to scale. Success in that future relies on a leader that can cut through the complexity and change the IoT model. That's where Verizon comes in. With our experience in networks, devices, platforms and applications, we are taking a holistic approach to simplifying adoption to expand the IoT market from millions to billions of connections."
Verizon unveiled its plan at an event help at its San Francisco Innovation Center. There, the company also described a few ways its already putting its IoT capabilities to use. One such project involves helping colleges and universities throughout the country reduce their carbon footprint by up to 20 percent by using the Innova EV Car Share fleet of all-electric vehicles with the Verizon Share app. Through a partnership with Innova EV Car Share, Verizon said it is looking to expand its reach beyond the existing pilot program to other campuses. Pilot sites are at the University of Pittsburgh, Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington State University.