Ericsson Partner with Brazilian Government for IIoT Lab Project
Swedish telecom giants Ericsson have collaborated with the Brazilian government to establish proof-points of the Networked Society in Brazil.
The partnership will focus on a Networked Society Lab that Ericsson will develop to trial new tech and assess the positive impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects such as smart agriculture, rainforest protection and monitoring devices.
“The Internet of Things is quickly emerging as a very significant agent of transformation as it blends the physical and digital worlds. By cooperating with Ericsson’s Networked Society Lab, we will better understand and be at the forefront of how we can sustainably improve agriculture, smart cities, energy and industrial production, among other areas, in Brazil,” explained Andre Figueiredo, Brazilian Minister of Communications.
The Networked Society Lab was officially opened on April 29, 2016 by Minister Figueiredo. The venture is a branch of the Ericsson Innovation Center that works in conjunction with suppliers, consumers, universities and government bodies to cultivate the IIoT ecosystem in Brazil and the rest of Latin America.
“The cooperation with European Union and European companies is an important component of the Brazilian strategy for IoT and 5G developments. Recently, we did a joint statement together with the European Commission for Digital Economy and Society about this partnership and we can already see the fruits of this initiative,” said Brazil’s Secretary of Communications, Maximiliano Martinhao.
At the start of 2016, Ericsson introduced a collaborative platform with Telefonica Open Future and Inatel (National Telecommunications Institution). Other partners of Ericsson’s applied research ecosystem include the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), University of Sao Paulo (USP), Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), the Federal University of Para (UFPA), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and Federal University of Ceara (UFC).
The Ericsson Innovation Center in Latin America currently has over 450 employees and has filed 80 patents linked to smart buses in Goiania, a city 200 km outside of Brasilia, as well as the public safety solution set up in Sao Jose dos Campos.
“Brazil One Step Closer To 5G”
“This Networked Society Lab illustrates our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Lab will help bring Brazil one step closer to 5G, where new device and sensor technologies leverage network connectivity to power a variety of use cases, such as smarter solutions in agriculture and natural disaster prevention,” explained Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson’s Chief Technology Officer.
“Enabling innovation and utilising technology is the key to securing a more sustainable future,” explains Charles King, Head of IIoT at Challenge Advisory. “This partnership between Ericsson and the Brazilian government is not only great news for technological innovation in IIoT but it is also great news for sustainable development in Latin America, especially rainforest protection and disaster prevention. The collaboration of public and private efforts – as with this venture – will result in genuine solutions to the imminent challenges we face as a society.”