Unique in Europe, a platform economy service model to help companies harness the power of the Internet of Things in their business operations
The strategy, technology and design company Solita has joined forces with the telecommunications company DNA to create an IoT service model that will provide customer companies with a new kind of industrial internet ecosystem consisting of companies that are leaders in their respective fields. Although companies are already keenly interested in IoT implementations, they are often held back in launching IoT projects by uncertainties related to the choice of technologies, suppliers and platforms. The new service model created by Solita and DNA enables companies to respond to this challenge and get moving quickly.
The IoT ecosystem assembled by Solita is a modular platform economy model that is unique not only in Finland, but in Europe as a whole. The goal is to help develop the customer’s existing operating environment into a functioning IoT environment by providing the services and products that a customer needs, such as testing, artificial intelligence, data collection, analytics, visualisation and cloud solutions.
DNA provides customers with fast and reliable access to sensors everywhere in Finland, and is the only Finnish telecommunications operator to be part of the IoT World Alliance. The Alliance’s joint service and the Cisco Jasper platform, which has been harnessed for the management of DNA subscriptions, enable Finnish companies to seamlessly connect to international markets. Among the other companies involved in the IoT ecosystem assembled by Solita are Haltian, Virelabs, ElfGroup, Testimate, Unseen Technologies, AWS, Kaltiot, IBM, Azure, Tableau and Wazombi Labs. Products and services are selected according to the customer’s situation and needs.
“Businesses understand the potential of the data they already have. However, connecting devices, products, and services to systems through reliable connections often requires more time and resources to explore technologies, partners, and service platforms than the company may have originally anticipated. By providing customers with ready network-tested solutions and partners, we can help them get things off to a flying start. Pilot projects can be up and running even in a week”, says Solita head of IoT Janne Siltari. “Simple IoT solutions are often the best, and bring tremendous added value to a company’s day-to-day operations. Through service design, analytics, and machine learning these benefits can be multiplied, and functions can be developed a great deal further”.
Reliable and automatically managed data communications are also important in IoT implementations. For example, a company may want an IoT function to be implemented in hundreds of targets simultaneously. For this to be possible, all the target objects must be fitted with sensors, which must then be connected to the internet.
“Millions of new smart devices will be installed in Finland in the coming years. DNA’s IoT services already use 5G-level elements, meaning that we already offering many IoT services of the future. We want to help in offering Finnish companies a completely new type of IoT service that will enable companies to harness the technology faster and succeed in their field. We have a lot of respect for Solita’s extensive know-how in the different areas of IoT solutions”, director of IoT Connectivity Esa Kinnunen of DNA’s corporate services.
Service design refines the benefits of IoT
Referred to by some as the third wave of digitalisation, the Internet of Things will radically change the business world over the next few years. Business models, processes and management of businesses in all industries are changing. By enabling a vast range of functions to be automated, predicted and located, IoT solutions will allow companies to save time and cut costs. The use of this technology can further rationalise employee tasks and can help create new, more effective operating models.
“Service design methods have a lot to offer for the development of IoT business operations, which at times are even a bit too technology-centred. Instead of focusing on technology, we need to be able to see the broader picture and the new opportunities it contains. We also need to speed up the changes in working methods and the adoption of new technologies”, says Siltari.
Solita is a digital transformation company driven by data and human insight. We create culture, services and tech solutions that help us reinvent businesses and society for the better. Our services range from strategic consulting to service design, digital development, data, AI & analytics and managed cloud services. Established in 1996, Solita employs 650 digital business specialists in Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Singapore, Stockholm and Tallinn.
DNA Plc is a Finnish telecommunications group providing high-quality voice, data and TV services for communication, entertainment and working. DNA is Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both cable and terrestrial networks. For DNA, the key area for growth in corporate business is the new way of working, independent of time and place, facilitated by smart terminal devices, diverse communications services and rapid connections. In 2017, DNA recorded net sales of EUR 886 million and an operating profit of EUR 124 million. DNA has more than 3.9 million subscriptions in its fixed and mobile communications networks. The Group also includes DNA Store, Finland’s largest retail chain selling mobile phones. DNA shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. For further information, visit www.dna.fi.