Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sprint, Softbank launch Curiosity IoT data centric network

william Payne
September 20, 2018

Sprint has unveiled a new IoT platform called Curiosity, which the company has developed with Softbank owned firm Packet.

Curiosity is designed to allow businesses to manage IoT devices and connectivity over the air across multiple SIM profiles.

Intelligence from device data will be generated instantly through a distributed and virtualised core, built together with the new operating system.

The Curiosity IoT platform is designed to offer a dedicated, virtualised and distributed IoT core that reduces distance between the device generating data and the IoT application processing that data. Sprint says that for immediate, actionable intelligence can be generated in a range from 1,000 miles to less than 50 miles using Packet bare metal servers.

Arm's Platform Security Architecture (PSA) framework will provide a common secure foundation for IoT devices: a set of threat models, security analysis, hardware and software specifications, along with open source firmware.

Arm Pelion Data Management is incorporated into the platform to validate IoT intelligence. This will allow structured IoT data to be ingested securely from devices and integrated for analytics with other enterprise data. 

Through the Arm Pelion Connectivity Management and Arm Kigen SIM solutions, customers will be able to manage and provision SIM connectivity across all devices deployed using any network protocol including cellular, satellite or LoRa.

"On top of our dedicated IoT core and operating system built together with Ericsson, our close collaboration with fellow SoftBank company, Packet enables an advanced distributed core network using bare metal servers at the edge that may be activated in minutes," said Ivo Rook, senior vice president, IoT & product development at Sprint. "Arm changes the way devices are managed over the air and how data is analysed, while delivering unparalleled security from the chip to the cloud. Overall, Curiosity IoT reflects our unique approach in creating the absolute best operating and management environment for IoT – from system managers enhancing their increasingly IoT-centric operations to the most demanding applications in the immediate economy."  

"Sprint's unique IoT platform design called for a distributed core to bring the network to the data, rather than the data to the network," said Zachary Smith, CEO at Packet. "They didn't have to look any further than within the SoftBank family, with Packet distributing the core and enabling automation in a matter of minutes, as opposed to months."

"IoT provides a tremendous opportunity for organisations to obtain actionable insights from their devices and data, but require strong company integrations to manage the vast industry fragmentation and security challenges," said Hima Mukkamala, senior vice president and general manager at Arm. "We are working with Sprint from device-to-data and bringing the IoT security and business-critical services that are vital for unlocking value from IoT."