Reliance Jio is planning to launch connected home solutions that will allow users to connect his/her smart TV to a router and stream content online, make voice calls using a fixed-line VoIP phone, connect a printer to the home network, store data locally in a hard drive and stream it on a PC, mobile, or other devices connected to the network.
According to a press release, the telco has partnered with network solutions provider TeamF1 Networks (a subsidiary of D-Link India) for the connected home service. The partnership involves Jio deploying dedicated routers or base stations at residential homes, while TeamF1 will manage the network infrastructure and provide home gateway solutions to subscribers. MediaNama has written to Jio inquiring about pricing details of the service, and we are yet to hear back from them. TeamF1 Networks did not provide any comments when we contacted them.
A pictorial representation of how the service will work:
Apart from this, users can also use Jio’s home gateway solution to automate their houses (smart lighting, appliances, etc) and install monitoring and surveillance solutions. These devices will be centrally connected to the home router. “Going forward, our ‘connected-home’ partnership will explore solutions for home surveillance through IP cameras and video analytics, and for smart home through IoT sensors and actuators, data analytics, and machine learning technologies,” Ted Kuo, CEO of TeamF1 said in a statement.
Jio’s IoT partnerships
Note that Jio has been investing significantly in bringing IoT services to India. This week, Jio inked a deal with US-based AirWire to use AirWire as the backend for its ‘Jio Car Connect’ device announced in September last year. Jio said that it is also in talks with automobile companies to integrate the devices into cars. The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) device will be manufactured in India by Jio and can be plugged into a car’s OBD module to record and track engine and other vehicular related data.
In November last year, Reliance Industry Limited, the parent company of Jio signed a partnership with General Electric (GE), to build applications on GE’s IoT platform named Predix. RIL will be an independent software vendor, developing solutions for clients using Predix and offering them connectivity through the Jio network. Both companies will target firms in oil & gas, agriculture, power, healthcare and telecom among others.