Ericsson’s Global Head of Utilities, Marco Li Vigni, discussed the vital components of digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) for sustainability in the utilities industry
Ericsson addressed the theme, At the Forefront Of Sustainability, through a number of live, remote and video demonstrations showcasing how IoT and smart utilities will impact sustainable living in the smart city of the future at the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2016.
During a seminar entitled Digital Transformation and IoT in Utilities, Ericsson’s Global Head of Utilities, Marco Li Vigni, discussed how increased focus on emission reductions, new business models and operational efficiency are changing the nature of the utilities business and creating new challenges and opportunities. In addition, Ericsson’s smart meter to cash remote demo demonstrated Ericsson’s enterprise and cloud billing capabilities for utilities, which will have a positive impact on a household or enterprise bottom line. Ericsson’s complete billing solution includes usage and consumption details, bill calculation, billing cycle, prepayment and credit history, and alerts and notifications for bill payment. The ICT company also demonstrated its analytics capabilities for utilities.
In a live demonstration, Ericsson showcased IoT solutions for low power sensors, showing end-to-end connectivity for IoT and the simplicity in launching the solution, which offers sensor provisioning via smartphone.
Speaking about Ericsson’s participation, Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and East Africa, said: “Ericsson predicts that there will be 28 billion connected devices around the world by 2021. This rapid uptake of broadband and ICT has the potential to significantly counteract the economic, environmental, and social challenges that we will face in the future. The Networked Society; where connectivity and technologies such as big data, cloud technology, smart grids, and the Internet of Things (IoT) prevail, can enable the sustainable cities of the future.”
Other demonstrations at the event included Smart Metering as a Service, a managed services oriented solution that Ericsson sells to utility companies; Hyperscale Datacenter System, a software-defined datacenter system optimized for ICT application deployment and rapid delivery of new services including virtual network functions across public, private and telecom cloud domains; and Sustainable Water – Ericsson has teamed up with Grundfos to utilize ICT in pursuit of this goal by bringing clean water dispensers to remote communities.