Orange, Sierra Wireless, LACROIX, and STMicroelectronics
created the IoT Continuum – a partnership that aims to simplify and
accelerate the mass deployment of IoT in Europe and beyond.
By bringing together for the first time expertise across the entire IoT industry
(Connectivity, Hardware, Software, Design and Manufacturing) under one roof,
partners of the IoT Continuum will support international businesses to
accelerate the deployment and industrialization of Massive IoT over LTE
(including Cat M and Cat 1) and 5G.
A three-step process (“start, prove, deploy and scale”) has been put in place by
the partners to support businesses’ IoT projects on cellular networks, from
ideation to industrialization, without having to liaise with multiple players on
the market. IoT Continuum offers a combination of leading industry players who
will improve project risk management for businesses. Customers will be able to
join the process at any stage, according to their needs.
As part of these processes, the partners will:
Provide any business and their vertical of choice a set of components and
solutions validated on the Orange network, and the necessary industrial tools to
deploy wide-scale IoT services on cellular networks
Reduce the complexity, development time and cost for businesses to realize
IoT use cases by providing already pre-integrated building blocks including
hardware and software (STMicroelectronics, Sierra Wireless), connectivity and
IoT Services (Orange), design and manufacturing (LACROIX)
Provide guidance and expertise to ease the overall process and help customers
maximize their benefits to scale IoT deployments economically
The IoT Continuum aims to increase the confidence of businesses by addressing
the current uncertainty, complexity and reduce costs to IoT deployment,
bolstering the burgeoning IoT ecosystem in Europe and beyond. The partners will
also promote eSIM and 5G technologies to drive Massive IoT and are committed to
helping customers develop a digitalized approach on IoT Continuum.
This will also enable new business models to accelerate the digital
transformation of international industries and unleash the potential of IoT
technology in areas of critical growth, including Smart Buildings, Automotive,
Health, Smart Cities and Smart Industries.
IoT Continuum partners state: “We joined forces and created the IoT Continuum to
streamline the management of cellular IoT projects in Europe and beyond. By
combining our various expertise and knowledge of the IoT industry, we create a
joint and unique offering to meet market demand and bring customers to more
successful at scale IoT deployments on cellular networks, furthering the digital
transformation of international businesses, no matter their vertical.”
Orange and Nokia deployed a 4G/5G private network combined with network slicing
at Schneider Electric’s plant in Le Vaudreuil, France. Network slicing is a key
feature for the management of end-to-end 4G/5G quality-of-service and security
of industrial processes, operations and applications in Industry 4.0.
Nokia has been selected by Orange to build a sliced 4G/5G private network for a
modern industrial environment, providing reliable, scalable and sustainable
connectivity solutions for industrial use cases.
Nokia’s slicing solution supports existing LTE, 5G Standalone (5G SA) and 5G Non
Standalone (5G NSA) devices and also includes domain controller software in RAN,
core and transport layers to enable full slice connectivity. The slice
continuity between LTE and 5G NR allows Orange and Schneider Electric to operate
a state-of-the-art indoor network in an industrial setting. With this solution,
both partners continue to implement and test the management of the different
priorities, performance, and security capabilities adapted to their innovative
use cases, while optimizing network resources.
As a global network-native digital services company with dual expertise of both
an operator and end-to-end integrator, Orange Business Services offers its
industrial customers a complete portfolio: Mobile Private Networks (MPN) built
on private infrastructures, virtual MPNs on the public network and hybrid MPNs
combining private and public infrastructures. The choice of architecture is made
to best meet the security, performance and resiliency requirements of the
business customers’ use cases both on and off the industrial campuses, as well
as to optimize costs.
Arnaud Vamparys, Senior Vice President Radio Networks at Orange Innovation and
5G Champion, said: “Thanks to Nokia’s advanced slicing technology, Orange is
able to further explore with Schneider Electric the power of scalable private
4G/5G connectivity applied to industrial uses.”
Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “With Nokia’s network
slicing solution, Communication Service Providers and Enterprises can enjoy
first to market advantage through the early launch of new slicing services, for
all end-users equipped with 4G or 5G devices. As a long time innovation partner,
Nokia is delighted to achieve this first with Orange in an industrial