Ericsson to participate in the Smart City and Digital India initiatives
Ericsson announced that it has identified three key industry segments - Public safety, utilities & transport – to drive its sales in its business line ‘Industry and Society’, globally and in India. Ericsson is transforming industries and society across the globe by leveraging its technology and services leadership in mobility, broadband and cloud. “Ericsson is uniquely positioned to bring the right mix of technologies and delivery models to industries and societies. We create platforms with multi-industry relevance and scale that deliver transformational offerings to the Public safety, utilities & transport sectors in different parts of the globe” states Mr Orvar Hurtig, VP and Head, Industry and Society, Ericsson.
Ericsson’s utilities portfolio covers smart grid communication, smart metering, critical infrastructure management, and customer and revenue management. “We build new intelligence into legacy infrastructure, unlock operational efficiencies and create opportunities for utilities to drive service innovation and customer experience management” stated Mr Hurtig. Among the various global projects that Ericsson is supporting in the Utilities industry, Mr Hurtig cited the example of Elektrilevi, Estonia's largest utility, where Ericsson has deployed 630,000 smart meters, along with Operation Support Systems to manage the data collected. “In India, we will be happy to support Government initiatives for Smart Grids, Smart City & Digital India projects. We are seeing a lot of interest in the areas of Utilities and Public Safety from different state Governments” stated Mr Nishant Batra, VP and Head of Engagement Practices, Ericsson India.
In the domain of Public safety, Ericsson provides end-to-end solutions providing security, trust and reliability in life-saving operations, helping authorities protect the public. Ericsson provides surveillance, emergency response, civil warning and situation awareness solutions for disaster and emergency management.
For example, Sweden’s SOS Alarm relies on Ericsson to support emergency service coordination. The Ericsson solution streamlines operations and saves costs while maintaining high performance and availability.
Ericsson’s platforms, solutions and mobile technologies drive rapid change across the transportation industry. Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud is transforming Volvo’s in-car experience by connecting drivers with manufacturers and service providers. With Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, Ericsson was able to aid the build-out of the world’s largest floating mobile network, with 350 connected vessels enabling monitoring of data in real time, providing the company with information that incrementally contributes to future innovation.
Ericsson’s end-to-end, cross-industry solutions have the potential to bring together utilities, transport and public safety to support and enhance each city’s unique character, enabling more sustainable cities thereby playing a leading role in the government’s smart city agenda. “We are uniquely positioned to bring the right mix of technologies and delivery models to industries and societies. Over 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic passes through our network equipment, and we deliver over 1,500 consulting and systems integration projects every year.” stated Mr Hurtig. Ericsson in India is looking at 20% of its sales coming from the Industry and Society Business by the Year 2020.
The Networked Society is taking shape across the globe including India. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, there will be 28 billion connected devices by 2021, of which more than 15 billion will be connected M2M and consumer electronics devices. WCDMA/HSPA technology that covered more than 35 per cent of the population at the end of 2014, will increase to cover around 90% by the end of 2020. Additionally, around 40% of the population is expected to be covered by LTE networks in India by the Year 2020. Consequently, numerous industries including transportation, public safety and utilities, are realizing the transformative power of a fast-moving ICT environment as India moves in its journey to become ‘Digital India’.