We have made it easy for you to get started exploring the opportunities that Internet of Things (IoT) brings to the table. The Telenor Start IoT initiative is not a commercial offering; it is designed to stimulate innovation free of charge!
Our Telenor Start IoT offering is focused on devices connected using so called Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks. The Low Power part implies that IoT devices can be battery powered and still work for years on small batteries. We aim at being network agnostic but have started with LoRaWAN network technology. Our plan is to include NB-IoT when that is available.
IoT is a vision that has evolved due to a convergence of multiple technologies, including ubiquitous wireless communication, real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors, and embedded systems. This means that the traditional fields of embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, control systems, automation (including home and building automation), and others all contribute to enabling IoT.
The Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke challenged Telenor Research to come up with an initiative that could stimulate digital innovation in Norway. We decided to start by talking to stakeholders involved in innovation (e.g. Academia, Industry, SMB´s) asking what direction we should take. The answer was Artificial Intelligence and IoT. The Telenor Start IoT offering is the result for the IoT part. The AI part has manifested itself as a joint initiative together with NTNU and SINTEF. We opened the AI lab the 8/3 2017. The two initiatives are connected, IoT and AI are linked, IoT will bring large datasets and AI can and will be used to analyse and extract value from IoT datasets.
Why are we doing this?
LPWA based IoT is new to us. We want to help others experiment with it and also learn ourselves. Will we see billions and billions of connected devices in the future? What types of networks will be used? What types of business models will emerge? What will be the roles that a telecommunication operator can or should take? Let us experiment and learn together!