Nokia acquires U.S. software maker SpaceTime Insight, adding AI to its IoT business

Written by Sajeel Syed ·  59 sec read >

Nokia is doubling down on its internet of things (IoT) business with the acquisition of SpaceTime Insight. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

San Mateo-based SpaceTime Insight is an industrial IoT (IIoT) software analytics platform that helps companies protect their devices and assets across their network. It works with a range of companies from manufacturing, transportation, energy, and more to minimize downtime due to technical failures, using machine learning to predict the probability of asset failure. The company had raised around $50 million since its inception in 2008.

This latest news comes less than a week after Nokia confirmed it was selling its consumer-focused Nokia Health division, formerly known as Withings. That Nokia is buying an IIoT business is in line with its renewed areas of focus, which include a shift away from consumer products toward licensing and business-to-business operations such as 5G infrastructure and IoT.

Nokia expects the Spacetime Insight acquisition to impact its IoT application roadmap within “18-24 months,” according to a statement issued by the company. This deal also expands Nokia’s reach into other industries, including transport and logistics, energy, and manufacturing.

“Adding SpaceTime to Nokia Software is a strong step forward in our strategy and will help us deliver a new class of intelligent solutions to meet the demands of an increasingly interconnected world,” said Nokia Software president Bhaskar Gorti. “Together, we can empower customers to realize the full value of their people, processes, and assets and enable them to deliver rich, world-class digital experiences.”

The acquisition has already closed, and SpaceTime Insight CEO Rob Schilling will become part of Nokia Software’s IoT product unit as a result of the deal.

Written by Sajeel Syed
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