The recently opened Ericsson IoT Business Lab in Herzogenrath near Aachen is offering companies from various industries a test environment for end-to-end solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT). The focus will lie on connectivity quality and system integrity. Ericsson speaks of a special security approach for end-to-end solutions that protects partner business data and lowers the risk that tests in external partnerships otherwise entail. Still, the platform is said to enable comparably simple implementation and subsequent scaling.
By no means is Ericsson the only technology supplier offering companies an IoT platform for experimentation. On the growing market there is no lack of service providers from the telecommunications and network technology sectors, plus providers from industry-specific platforms and those supporting only their own end devices. The Indian Market Research Future predicts that the industrial IoT market will continue to grow until 2022. The Fraunhofer Institute published an overview of German providers at the end of 2017.