Oracle has announced a collaboration with mobile network operator Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems as demand for smart cities, connected cars and m-health increases.
Speaking at the company’s user forum ahead of the main OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Loïc Le Guisquet, executive vice president, Oracle EMEA, said that the cloud would play a key role in the development of IoT services.
“We collaborate with a lot of our customers to go out in new innovative areas, and one is with everything around IoT,” he said.
“Vodafone’s leading positions in both M2M and digital networks combined with our laser focus on becoming number one in the cloud will create a compelling combination and many future opportunities for our customers.”
Vodafone has already made moves into the IoT market, said to be worth $8.9 trillion by 2020, with the recent £115m acquisition of connected car firm Cobra Automotive and the partnership with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca earlier this year to provide mobile health services for improving treatment of cardiovascular conditions.
Although Guisquet revealed little detail about the Vodafone collaboration, he was keen to highlight the benefits IoT will have on health services.
He pointed to the popularity of wearable devices targeted at monitoring a user’s body signals, such as the FitBit, NikeFuel and the Apple Watch.
“It is not going to be about going to the doctor for a test to measure your blood pressure [in future], it is about using those metrics 24/7, 365 days a year and being able to constantly monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels in their blood,” he said.
“Fundamentally it will empower all of us to manage our health better, and change the relationship between health professionals and ourselves to improve the results dramatically.”
Data centre expansion
Guisquet also revealed that Oracle is to open two new European data centres, in Frankfurt and Munich, in an attempt to answer questions around “proximity and security” of cloud services from EU customers.
“This is about having the best cloud solutions and expanding our footprint, but it is also about delivering cloud as close to the customer as possible,” he said.
Oracle has a total of 19 data centres across the globe, with three in Europe, including a UK facility aimed at supporting G-Cloud services.
The German data centres will go live within the coming weeks and will be fully operational by the end of the year, offering Oracle cloud applications such as ERP, talent management and HCM.
Cloud computing was a major theme at the opening OpenWorld keynote, held by executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, his first since handing over CEO responsibilities to Mark Hurd and Safra Catz.