Nokia has launched a new suite of services designed to help operators break into the smart city space.

Set to be showcased at Mobile World Congress, the new solutions include IoT for Smart Cities, a control centre providing a unified view of different smart city operations.

The solution is designed to increase efficiency, responsiveness and decision-making, with target applications including video surveillance, smart lighting, parking, waste management and environmental sensing.

Nokia also announced Sensing as a Service, which allows operators to fit their existing base station sites with sensors and sell the data to cities and other authorities.

The vendor envisages the service being used to detect the likes of illegal construction, waste burning or pollution.

It uses a blockchain, the distributed database technology best known for its use in the cryptocurrency bitcoin, to keep secure records of sales of the data by the operator to other parties.

In addition, Nokia announced S-MVNO for Public Safety, a service which allows operators to launch dedicated MVNOs for public safety authorities using their existing LTE networks.

The service helps the commercial LTE network fulfil stringent requirements around availability, resilience, performance and security. It is also designed to be interoperable with existing legacy public safety networks.

Asad Rizvi, Head of Global Services Business Development at Nokia, said: "Cities need to become digital in order to efficiently deliver services to their habitants. Smart infrastructure, which is shared, secure, and scalable, is needed to ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used. We can help cities with that.

“In addition, we can help operators generate new revenue utilising their existing network by providing solutions for smart city players, such as city, transport, travel and public safety authorities."

Yesterday (19 February), Nokia won a five-year deal with Tele2 to launch a global IoT network-as-a-service offering for large businesses.

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