Nokia is joining hands with Current, a GE-owned energy management provider, to deploy edge smart city technology across Canada.
Both companies will help cities in Canada improve operational infrastructure and expand new services to citizens. Under the commercial partnership agreement, Nokia will be able to gain access to Current by GE’s CityIQ platform technology.
CityIQ will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and distributes valuable insights to cities via Nokia’s safe and secure communications networks. This builds on Nokia’s steady expansion of its smart city capabilities, which consist an entire portfolio of network solutions designed to provide IoT connectivity to municipal and utility infrastructure. The combined digital solution will benefit cities by providing new operational insights. It will also allow app development by using a ‘horizontal’ platform that can support a wide variety of apps simultaneously. This will address issues, such as parking and traffic management, public safety enhancements and weather and air quality monitoring.
This project complements Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge that was announced in early 2018 to spur development in new smart city initiatives.
Earlier this month, Microsoft is also partnering with GE to eradicate problems that are faced by industries while advancing digital transformation projects. This partnership will let GE Digital to plan standardisation of its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure and deeply integrate the Predix portfolio with Azure’s native cloud capabilities, including Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics. They will also offer end customers with premier IIoT solutions across verticals by implementing co-selling and go-to-market strategy.