Here is the issue. The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is experiencing a paradigm shift as data analytics and intelligence are moving from the core (in the cloud or data centers) to a distributed architecture with intelligence being spread out across the deployment — from the edge to the network to the cloud. This is enabled by the falling price of sensors, increasing processing power on hardware, the availability of ubiquitous connectivity, and falling storage costs.

This shift to distributed intelligence will speed up IoT deployment in the next decade, from 15.8 billion devices in 2017 to over 60 billion devices in 2024. IoT is all about connecting the dots. In this case, it is about connecting devices to other devices, to networks and to the cloud. IoT is about data transmission from devices across various networks to convert data into actionable intelligence.

The importance of the network and its ability to consistently deliver data and analysis has never been more critical. To help enable future ultra-low latency use cases requiring insights on the edge, Sprint has developed CuriosityTM IoT, a dedicated, virtualized and distributed IoT network and operating system that is built to handle data from a variety of IoT use cases and devices. Sprint enhances availability and quality of service for IoT solutions by creating a distributed core network that is dedicated to IoT traffic only – separate from the data network that supports consumer mobile phones and tablets. By enabling this separation in its network, Sprint helps to ensure the IoT network does not experience prolonged delays or network access issues that can affect mission-critical applications.

The real value of IoT is when the data collected from thousands of geographically dispersed devices is used to make decisions in near real time, using advanced analytics capabilities. Sprint’s Curiosity operating system for IoT works seamlessly with the core network allowing enterprises to focus on deploying mission-critical IoT applications. The ease with which enterprises can manage globally distributed devices and SIMs, using a centralized dashboard, not only reduces operations costs, but also allows them to develop new ways of value creation using the data from IoT devices, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

In the world of IoT, all of this means nothing without a network that can help create applications and integrate different technologies. Sprint has a large ecosystem of companies within the Softbank family of companies that can produce modules, hardware, software and services, enabling them to provide IoT customers with a full suite of solutions that work seamlessly with each other and the network.

For more information on how a core network can help enterprises maximize the value from their distributed IoT deployment, please see, Sprint Curioisty™ IoT: Helping Organizations Convert Captured Data into Actionable Intelligence