Ericsson's secure IoT connectivity brings efficiency to winemakers

October 20, 2015, 11:00 (CEST)

  • Ericsson partners with MyOmega System Technologies, Intel and Telenor Connexion to build world's first end-to-end site implementation of secure Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity service for winemakers

  • Deployment of Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP), together with IoT security solution, provides SIM-based device authentication and end-to-end secure encrypted connectivity that support more effective wine production

  • Solution leads to increased revenue opportunities, lower costs and reduced environmental impact for winemakers; has potential to scale for the entire wine industry and other industries globally

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces a collaboration with Intel, Telenor Connexion and MyOmega System Technologies to build a secure Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity service that supports more effective wine production.

The service will enable winemakers to collect data on air and soil humidity and temperature, as well as solar intensity, using IoT sensors and Intel-based IoT gateways connected to a cloud service. The data can be used to perform predictive analysis and to support resource management and real-time remote monitoring, leading to higher quality production, lower costs and reduced environmental impact for winemakers.

The size of the wine industry export globally is EUR 26 billion according to a market research International organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), which indicates the potential to scale these types of solutions.

TracoVino services and solutions will be offered by MyOmega towards the winemakers. Telenor Connexion includes Ericsson's secure IoT service in its offering. This service is based on the Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) integrated with the Authentication Federation Gateway. Built on the 3GPP standard Generic Bootstrapping Architecture for LTE, the implementation features the world's first end-to-end security and authentication capabilities for transferring sensor data to the cloud for processing and analysis.

Ericsson DCP is a cloud-based IoT/machine-to-machine (M2M) platform that handles connectivity management, subscription management and OSS/BSS, enabling automation of business processes between operators and enterprises.

Intel will supply processors and LTE modems for the IoT gateways and MyOmega System Technologies, headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, will provide sensor and gateway hardware and software.

"The Internet of Things is poised to change our lives by connecting isolated objects to gain valuable information and improved efficiencies," Rose Schooler, vice president of IoT Strategy at Intel. "Together, Ericsson, Intel, MyOmega and Telenor Connexion are demonstrating with TracoVino an end-to-end solution connecting nature to the Cloud."

Mats Lundquist, CEO, Telenor Connexion, Telenor Connexion, says:

"By selecting DCP, Telenor Connexion can feel secure while delivering global connectivity that supports business critical applications. Telenor Connexion and Ericsson have a long tradition of working together to set the standards for IoT. Thanks to Ericsson's long experience in the field, we know that the solution can evolve and if necessary support additional revenue models and data-transfer solutions in the future. In addition, having one single global provider of connectivity enables the solution to be standardized no matter where it will be sold or used. (i.e. enables easy global expansion)"

Anders Olin, Vice President, Product Area Network Functions, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson says:

"By delivering standardized, secure end-to-end connectivity from IoT sensors to the cloud, this partnership represents a strong proof point for Ericsson's IoT leadership. We see great potential for scaling the service to winemakers globally and to additional industrial applications in the networked society, such as real estate management."

Bernd Möller, CEO, MyOmega System Technologies says:

"Quality tools for the winemakers that are reducing their risks and improving the yield is our key offering. We are building with the TracoVino services and solution a first scalable IoT offering that combines sensors, IoT gateways and a secure and powerful communication solution. Thanks to Telenor's DCP and the Ericsson network technology we can scale towards the entire wine market. We base our gateways on technology provided through Intel."

Four winemakers in the Mosel Valley, Germany are participating in the field trial already. The service and measurement results will be showcased at Broadband World Forum 2015, to be held October 20 to October 22, 2015 in London, UK.

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