Inatel, TIM and Ericsson entered into an agreement of intent for technological, scientific, innovation and entrepreneurship collaboration to provide solutions for the development of Intelligent Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT), based on solutions. The signing of the term of intentions was held on the afternoon of Friday, March 23, at a ceremony at the Inatel Theater in Santa Rita do Sapucaí. Professor Marcelo de Oliveira Marques, Director of Inatel, José Geraldo de Souza, president of the National Telecommunication Institute Foundation, Eduardo Ricotta, president of Ericsson Brasil and former student of Inatel, Silmar Palmeira, Director of Technology and Innovation of Tim Brasil, besides federal deputy Bilac Pinto and the secretary of Science and Technology and vice-mayor of Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Wander Wilson Chaves.
"The Inatel campus is open for research, development and testing of innovations in the growing area of IoT and 5G. The partnership between Inatel, Ericsson and TIM will strengthen the entire IoT ecosystem, enabling the development of technological innovations and new services in several verticals of business, in tune with the National IoT Plan, as well as the emergence of startups that will increase supply of services, equipment and solutions for the market, "says Marcelo de Oliveira Marques, Director of Inatel.
"This is another step we take to stimulate the development of solutions that can be used in the concept of Smart Cities and IoT, to contribute to the development and improvement of citizens' daily life," says Janílson Bezerra, Director of Innovation & Business Development at TIM Brasil.
The partnership will allow the operator to provide Inatel's undergraduate and master's research and research topics so that they can suggest solutions to be applied in the academic field and, in the future, replicated outside the university. All project interactions will take place on the IoT Accelerator platform, Ericsson's cloud solution.
"The purpose is to stimulate the development of solutions for smart cities within our IoT Accelerator platform. By being done in the real environment of the operator and having the support of Inatel in the development of the applications, we will have an ecosystem ready to foster innovations in IoT that will benefit the municipalities both in the vertical of health, as well as in education and security ", says Luiz Antonio Tavares, Commercial Vice President of Ericsson Brazil.
The IoT Accelerator cloud platform facilitates the connectivity of the most diverse devices (from cameras and temperature sensors to cars) and allows the data provided by them to be made available securely for applications that will be developed and integrated to the platform, opening new sources of revenue for operators and companies on different fronts of smart cities, such as water and energy management, safety, health, education and transportation.
With an estimated duration of two years, in addition to 40 specialists from Inatel, among researchers and doctors, the agreement will also allow to study further the development of Mobile IoT in Brazil. This technology, which is considered a key element for the development of 5G, can be used in industrial asset tracking and security monitoring.
The partnership agreement is part of TIM's Open Innovation program and provides for a series of actions and research aimed at developing innovative services and improving solutions. The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is also part of the program, with a partnership for cooperation and scientific and technological exchange between the operator and the institution's students and teachers.
"Our 4G network has been prepared as a platform for all types of services, initially with mobile broadband, going through the fixed Internet with WTTx technology (wireless mobile use at the end that reaches the consumer) to other innovations, in IoT. The leadership and quality of TIM's coverage of 4G technology also allows us, along with partners like Inatel, to offer differentiated services to the market, "says Leonardo Capdeville, Vice President of Technology at TIM Brasil and a former Inatel student.