The two companies will focus on IoT applications for smart city and industrial/manufacturing customers.
Nokia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are expanding their existing collaboration to focus on IoT applications for smart cities, industrial enterprise, and manufacturing. The two companies plan to offer applications for asset management, smart manufacturing, site automation, and predictive maintenance for industrial/manufacturing customers and enhanced network choices for smart city applications such as building management and smart lighting.
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with HPE to the IoT space,” said Kathrin Buvac, chief strategy officer, Nokia. “HPE’s market presence offers Nokia expedited and increased access to the enterprise market and target verticals along with a complementary portfolio of products and services.”
The IoT market for smart cities and manufacturing is projected to reach $161 billion by 2020, according to a report by research firm Markets and Markets. Cities are expected to increasingly embrace smart city applications to reduce costs, protect infrastructure and conserve energy, and manufacturers are expected to turn to the IoT to improve productivity and supply chain processes.
HPE stated that the companies are currently working on a proof-of-concept for smart cities that combines their Hybrid IT capabilities with Nokia’s routing technologies to enable core networking, data integration and computing. HPE has joined Nokia’s IoT community, and Nokia will be joining HPE’s Partner Ready Program. Their existing partnership includes end-to-end deals with 25 enterprise and service provider customers and more than 30 proof-of-concepts. The new joint IoT applications are expected to be ready by Q1 2017.