BARCELONA, Spain --- HARMAN and VMware announce a collaboration to deliver simplified and specialized Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for enterprise customers in industrial, retail, building management, automotive and energy efficiency industries. By integrating HARMAN’s portfolio of over-the-air (OTA) software updates, sensors, gateways and analytics services into VMware’s IoT solution, the partnership will help deploy, secure, manage and monitor IoT infrastructure at enterprise scale to streamline industry-specific IoT use cases.
The Internet of Things is here today and companies globally are already investing in, and seeing ROI from IoT. IDC predicts that the worldwide Internet of Things market spend will grow to $1.29 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% and the installed base of IoT endpoints will grow from 12.1 billion at the end of 2015 to more than 30 billion in 2020 (Doc # US42082716)(1). As companies race to implement IoT strategies, they will require complete solutions that focus on specific market segment requirements. IT and operational teams will also have to address massive scaling and management requirements to deliver maximum value and the best possible experience.
This new collaboration between HARMAN and VMware will help Communications Service Providers (CSPs) add new offerings and expand revenue streams that will further enhance the IoT user experience and the delivery of innovative services. HARMAN’s OTA update solutions paired with the VMware vCloud® NFV™ platform and end-to-end IoT operational management solution is designed to deliver a fully elastic and optimized network infrastructure that allows operators to expand their services into new markets as they transform network architectures towards 5G. The combined solution will enable CSP’s to provision and launch innovative services through a fully virtualized mobile core network such as prioritized connectivity such as emergency calling, communication and video conferencing and infotainment with high-definition quality, leveraging simplified operations management, policy control, and self-provisioning.
In addition to supporting new telecom services and automotive enterprises, HARMAN and VMware’s combined IoT offering is designed to help the following vertical markets achieve their innovation objectives quicker and more effectively:
• Retail – Understand in-store shopper behavior, determine the efficacy of store displays, enhance floor navigation paths, monetize hot zones with personalized coupons and optimize inventory
• Industrial – enable factory automation and management, including predictive maintenance using vibration sensor analytics
• Smart Buildings – optimize energy usage, space utilization, and meeting room occupancy with higher real estate ROI and enhanced occupant comfort
• Automotive – simplify the update and monitoring of automotive end points using Harman OTA and VMware’s IoT management platform solution
HARMAN and VMware Demonstrate Connected Car Solutions
At Mobile World Congress at HARMAN stand K30, Hall 2, HARMAN, VMware and Athonet will showcase a live connected car IoT scenario. Elements of Athonet’s click-to-deploy “softwarized” mobile core are disaggregated (Control/User Plane) and deployed in real-time with VMware vCloud NFV™ to allow high performance LTE services to be delivered to the dashboard of a car running a video entertainment hub framework. This allows for the local breakout of video and other communications for local edge computing requirements and can deliver the highly secure, ultra-low latency required by high-bandwidth applications. HARMAN IoT solutions bring connectivity, digital content, emergency services and policy control to the connected car.