Cisco announced advancements to its IoT portfolio that enable service provider partners to offer optimized management of cellular IoT environments and new 5G use-cases. New wireless technologies – such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6 – will lead to more devices and new advanced Industrial IoT (IIoT) use cases and will give service providers the tools to create competitive cellular IoT offerings for their customers. Machine-to-machine connections are expected to rise 19% and account for 50% of all connections by 2023, according to Cisco’s 2020 Annual Internet Report.
“Cellular IoT deployments are accelerating across connected cars, utilities, and transportation industries and with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 on the horizon IoT adoption will grow even faster. Cisco is investing in connectivity management, IoT networking, IoT security, and edge computing to accelerate the adoption of IoT use-cases,” said Vikas Butaney, vice president of product management IoT, Cisco. “With today’s advancements, Cisco is further enabling our service provider partners with machine learning to simplify and accelerate cellular IoT services while creating new bundled services to grow their revenues.”
Advancing Cellular IoT
Cisco IoT Control Center (formerly Jasper Control Center), the market leader in connectivity management platforms, is introducing new innovations to improve management and reduce deployment complexity. These include:
- Using Machine Learning (ML) to improve management: With visibility into 3 billion events every day, Cisco IoT Control Center uses the industry’s broadest visibility to enable machine learning models to quickly identify anomalies and address issues before they impact a customer. Service providers can also identify and alert customers of errant devices, allowing for greater endpoint security and control.
- Smart billing to optimize rate plans: Service providers can improve customer satisfaction by enabling Smart billing to automatically optimize rate plans. Policies can also be created to proactively send customer notifications should usage changes or rate plans need to be updated to help save enterprises money.
- Support for global supply chains: SIM portability is an enterprise requirement to support complex supply chains spanning multiple service providers and geographies. It is time-consuming and requires integrations between many different service providers and vendors, driving up costs for both. Cisco IoT Control Center now provides eSIM as a service, enabling a true turnkey SIM portability solution to deliver fast, reliable, cost-effective SIM handoffs between service providers.
Cisco IoT Control Center provides the visibility and simplicity necessary to address today’s IoT challenges. Cisco service provider partners and customers are already taking advantage of the new machine-learning capabilities.