Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sprint puts NB-IoT on Curiosity platform

Steve Rogerson
October 23, 2019
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles, Sprint announced the availability of NB-IoT on its Curiosity IoT platform. A complement to the nationwide Cat-M rollout, NB-IoT expands low-power wide area network access to its dedicated, virtualised and distributed network and operating system, purpose-engineered for IoT.
At MWC, Sprint and Ericsson demonstrated a live network connected asset, as it might be used in a rural field environment. The asset was connected via NB-IoT, powered by Ericsson's IoT Accelerator platform.
"With NB-IoT, Sprint now expands low-power wide area network access to Curiosity IoT," said Åsa Tamsons, senior vice president at Ericsson. "With this complement, Sprint is meeting the needs of SMBs, enterprises and government entities alike in how to connect, manage and secure its people, places and things."
This demonstration of Curiosity IoT capabilities and industry value is further enhanced by collaborative relationships with customers such as ABB, providing input and collaboration and then driving requirements to meet the demands of their products and services through leveraging the power of industrial IoT.
"Whether its sensors are in a large fleet of cargo trucks or connectivity across an industrial automation operation, the combination of Cat-M and NB-IoT brings flexibility to address the unique demands of diverse connected device use cases," said Ivo Rook, senior vice president at Sprint. "The design of Curiosity IoT has always been based on being connectivity-agnostic. Low-power wide area network expansion is a reflection of this need, and we are proud to launch NB-IoT to support ABB as they connect their industry leading solutions."
Juha Mirsch, global cellular communication lead for ABB, added: "We are pleased to be working with Sprint on forward-thinking applications that aim to bring game-changing solutions to ABB customers. We are working together to help drive safety, reliability and energy efficiency through IoT."
Sprint at MWC also announced the launch of a private network that brings IoT to the edge on Curiosity IoT Core and Curiosity OS. The design, purpose-built for IoT, enables enterprise users to manage IoT applications that have critical requirements, such as low latency or local breakout, without the need to traverse the macro network.
Data from devices are turned into intelligence locally, creating benefits for a variety of verticals, such as manufacturing, public safety and mining, to reach the other on-premise devices or application services.
"Curiosity IoT was created with the possibility of private networking in mind," said Rook. "The dedicated, distributed and virtualised core network and operating system allows for the flexibility across all types of customers, including those who have very demanding network needs or operate in hard-to-reach areas."
Provided in collaboration with Ericsson, it will provide a virtual, pre-integrated core network that is quick to deploy and access agnostic. Each enterprise location can be configured based on the specific needs of the enterprise.
"The Curiosity Private Core will enable enterprise customers to provide new services that have critical requirements, such as low latency or local breakout, without the need to traverse the macro network," said Tamsons. "This takes our strategic partnership with Sprint to the next level."
At MWC, Sprint announced it was working with Arizona State University (ASU) to help drive economic, educational, technological and social growth for an entire region in Arizona, leveraging the power of Sprint's True Mobile 5G and Curiosity IoT's dedicated network and operating system.
Sprint will work alongside ASU to offer a 5G service and IoT applications to the research university. Sprint covers more than two million people in areas of Phoenix with its 5G service, including parts of ASU.
"The internet of things is driving the fourth industrial revolution right before our eyes, changing how we interact with everyday items and increasing the possibilities of technology and data," said Rook. "We are proud to work with Arizona State University to help create an entire smart region ready to pave the way for the future."
Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president at ASU, added: "Our collaboration with Sprint exemplifies the broad benefits of a university-corporate relationship. The entire university community and those throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area will benefit directly from this collaboration by having access to Sprint's network and through the educational and research aspects that will usher in new innovations in technology."