Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Nokia to demonstrate at MWC how 5G will increase IoT possibilities

Steve Rogerson
February 26, 2015
Live demonstrations from Finland-based Nokia Networks at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona aim to show the possibilities of mobile connectivity for the IoT. The demonstrations include 5G radio equipment on new millimetre and centimetre wave bands for more capacity as well as frame structures to achieve single-digit millisecond latency.
This should allow for the immediate, synchronous eye-hand feedback that enables remote control over robots working in construction and maintenance. Visitors can also see LTE optimised for the specific needs of sensor and machine networks.
And a joint demonstration with Korea Telecom will show an LTE-M prototype to connect a large number of wearables, cars and smart grid elements ensuring a battery life of more than ten years and providing four times more coverage than conventional LTE. This pre-5G technology is said to enable cost-efficient connection of massive numbers of sensors, even in remote or low-coverage locations.
“Internet of Things will be the next big thing in the future of mobile business and we are truly delighted to collaborate with Nokia on advancing IoT solutions for mobile networks,” saidSeong-Mok Oh, head of Korea Telecom’s network group. “Korea Telecom is working to embrace the huge opportunity that IoT service will bring to the industry. I hope that the strategic partnership with Nokia, including the joint demonstration at MWC 2015, will lay a foundation for the two companies’ leadership position along the journey towards an IoT world.”
With IoT, critical security capabilities will be needed at the device and network levels. The company has experience in delivering secure networks and is launching its extended Mobile Guard for security control to address complex IoT applications including smart city, ehealth and smart grid.
The transition to IoT means there will soon be between ten and a hundred times more internet-connected devices than there are connected humans. Real-time IoT will require even more reliable communications links, lower transmission delays (latencies) and extreme throughput to serve the data transmitted by hundreds of billions of sensors and machines.
Nokia has already been providing IoT-ready radio and core networks that meet the needs for machine-type connectivity. These networks support low latency and include capabilities for handling massive amounts of signalling and transaction traffic as well as for efficient management of machine data.
Security is fundamental and inseparable from the safe and reliable operation of IoT-connected devices. IoT has the potential to bring together every aspect of different networks, which means cloud-based and physical security must work together to produce robust, actionable security intelligence in real time.
“The internet of things, a driver for what we call the programmable world, opens tremendous potential to expand the human possibilities of technology,” said Kathrin Buvac, vice president for strategy at Nokia Networks. “Within the next ten years, we will see fifty billion things connected, enabling industries to become more efficient and helping people to improve their daily lives. At Nokia Networks, we are already demonstrating key technologies like 5G that will make mobile networks the natural choice for bringing these possibilities to reality."
Demonstrations at the Nokia Experience Centre at MWC will include prototype 5G mm and cm wave radio systems that use advanced antennas and operate in the 3.5 to 70GHz bands to improve throughput and reduce latency. Extended Nokia Mobile Guard can detect malware or abnormal IoT device behaviour via device profiling. When an IoT device is hacked and its processor or internet connection is used for fraud and other attacks, Mobile Guard recognises these devices and takes actions for mitigation.