Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Arm and China Unicom take IoT to Chinese enterprises

Steve Rogerson
March 6, 2019

Arm and China Unicom announced at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a long-term partnership to deliver IoT scalability, security and simplicity to Chinese enterprises and global companies looking to have a local presence in China.
The collaboration will provide flexibility, performance and security by leveraging Arm Pelion device management and Mbed operating system with China Unicom’s new IoT platform and a device and application ecosystem.
“We are very pleased to reach the partnership with Arm, together to provide the fast-expanding market with a better, safer IoT," said Chen Xiaotian (pictured right with Arm CEO Simon Segars), general manager of China Unicom IoT. “China Unicom IoT has made efforts to be the driver of the IoT era. Facing the ever-increasing number of devices, we believe that our collaborations with Arm will help our clients to efficiently grow their businesses, provide better service experiences and earn higher investment return. Furthermore, we will build the whole IoT ecosystem together, facilitating IoT upgrades and service transformation.”
The China Unicom IoT platform brings a robust edge-to-cloud ecosystem, and securely connects 100 million devices across China. It provides device-to-data security and device management by building on top of the Pelion device management service that can manage any device type and is tightly integrated with Mbed OS.
Through the Arm and China Unicom partnership, Chinese enterprises and foreign companies operating in China will be able to deploy and manage IoT applications at scale across verticals, including smart utility, smart cities and smart logistics.
“IoT presents a significant opportunity for enterprises, but requires solutions that are easy to implement, secure and can manage devices over their entire lifecycle,“ said Dipesh Patel, president of Arm’s IoT services group. “With China Unicom licensing Pelion device management and using Mbed OS, we are together bringing tremendous scale and simplicity in enabling the secure development and management of IoT devices so that enterprises can obtain value from their deployments.”
Pelion device management allows organisations to onboard, manage and update various types of IoT devices securely and efficiently from ultra-constrained to large gateways, throughout the device lifecycle. It also provides enterprises with the flexibility to deploy in the public or private cloud, on-prem or in hybrid environments.
Mbed OS integrates the essential components and mainstream standards necessary in the IoT, providing rich connectivity functions. The next release of Mbed OS due this month will be one of the first IoT operating systems to have out-of-the-box compliance with PSA certified level one and PSA functional API certification with support for multiple semiconductor vendor hardware, including Cypress, Nuvoton, NXP Semiconductors and STM.
Mbed OS brings security from the edge and protocols to the whole lifecycle. It can help developers enhance development efficiency, shorten development time, and focus on innovation and differentiation of their IoT products.
“The IoT market in China continues to grow at a rapid pace, with cellular IoT connections growing from 560 million in 2018 to 1.5 billion by 2022,” said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst at IHS Markit. “This growth presents a tremendous opportunity for partnerships, like this one between Arm and China Unicom, to bring new solutions to market that attempt to address the need for simple and secure enterprise deployment and management of IoT devices.”