The Sprint IoT Factory is now live and aimed at supporting businesses of all sizes, the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the United States confirmed earlier this week. Envisioned as an online marketplace offering a broad range of ready-made Internet of Things solutions, the platform is meant to help enterprises embrace IoT in a swift and easily scalable manner which will allow them to partially or fully automate their operations, consequently making them more efficient. The Overland Park, Kansas-based company says over 550,000 developers are already offering their creations through the Sprint IoT Factory, suggesting more will follow suit in the near future.
Asset tracking, performance analysis, and automation are just some of the solutions presently being sold through the Sprint IoT Factory, with small and medium-sized businesses now having access to the same technologies that many large enterprises have already been using for years at a flexible, scalable cost. By opening the IoT segment to all types of companies and startups, Sprint is hoping to support innovation in a wide variety of industries moving forward. The move comes amid the advent of 5G that's expected to bring the IoT sector to the next level, allowing for numerous new use cases, particularly for wireless carriers who are expected to start profiling themselves into full-fledged partners of their clients instead of just service providers.
Besides selling solutions directly to customers, Sprint partnered with The Goldie Group and myDevices to allow for wholesale operations, partner channels, and other forms of reselling. The Sprint IoT Factory is expected to continue operating if the telecom giant's merger with T-Mobile is approved, albeit likely under a different name. Sprint identified IoT as one of its core focus points starting with 2018, whereas T-Mobile is also touting the emerging segment as a potentially massive growth generator but has yet to detail its long-term strategy in the field.