Reliance, Cisco Jasper partner for dedicated IoT unit in India

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India’s Reliance Group has struck a strategic partnership with Cisco Jasper to launch a new venture called “Unlimit” that will be solely dedicated to providing Internet of Things (IoT) services to enterprise customers throughout India.

Unlimit customers will be able to leverage the UnlimitControlCenter, which is based on the IoT connectivity management platform of Cisco Jasper, and includes Reliance’s mobile network.

With Unlimit, Reliance claims to have become the first telco in India to set up a dedicated IoT business unit for corporate customers. The partnership with Cisco Jasper provides the new venture with a distinct range of service offerings with global delivery standards, said Unlimit CEO Juergen Hase.

“IoT is a critical enabler for India’s growth, and businesses throughout the country are already utilizing its huge potential to help deliver innovative new services to their customers, while reducing cost and increasing revenue,” Hase said. “This strategic partnership will strengthen the market position of Unlimit significantly.”

In addition to enabling business transformation for companies throughout India, Hase said, the Unlimit IoT service will also play a key role in the Digital India project – a government program committed to building one hundred smart cities across the country.

Reliable connectivity and the ability to easily manage the multitude of connected services involved in smart cities are two key requirements to ensure the success of the Digital India initiative. The combination of Reliance’s mobile networks and cloud services with the global Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform offers a full suite of solutions for smart city initiatives throughout India.

Unlimit also aims to simplify IoT deployments for enterprise customers who see the value in IoT services but believe it to be too complex an undertaking.

In addition to making it easy to launch IoT services in India, Cisco Jasper partners with over 30 mobile operator groups representing over 120 mobile networks worldwide, making it simple for businesses in India to expand their IoT services to new countries as needed. Likewise, companies using the Cisco Jasper platform outside of India can easily expand their connected services into India on Reliance’s network.

Meanwhile, Cisco said it is also expanding its commitment to India by actively hiring IoT engineering talent in India to join the Cisco Jasper team in its Cisco Innovation Center in Bangalore, said Jahangir Mohammed, GM of Cisco Jasper (and former co-founder and CEO of Jasper).

“We are a company with deep roots in India, as both myself and one of my co-founders were born and raised here,” he said. “It is inspiring to see both the government and enterprises throughout India invest in IoT to advance both the country and commerce, which is why we are making our own investment in this market.”

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