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The engineering services arm of Larsen & Toubro, L&T Technology Services and the Stockholm-based communications company Tele2 AB have signed a strategic partnership to create Internet of Everything (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions for the transportation sector.

According to the companies, the partnership holds potential for development in the transportation market, including shipping, rail, aero, auto and specialized vehicles categories. The partnership will involve creating technologies that enable machines to send information to each other using SIM cards, without the direct involvement of human interaction. Possible practical uses of this would be solutions that allow passengers to keep track of departure and arrival times as well as delays and remote monitoring of engine performance.

Cisco tie-up: In September, L&T Technology Services had also tied-up with Cisco to setup an Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions centre in India, targeting the transport and mass transit industries. The companies claimed that the centre would focus on both technical and business aspects of connected transportation. They also claimed that solutions for connected stations and connected railway infrastructure, smart video surveillance systems, etc. would also be a focus area. While the railway segment is the core focus area of this partnership during the initial phases, the collaboration is expected to later expand to manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, defence and off highway transport verticals.

Other IoT initiatives

– Tech Mahindra partnered Bosch Software Innovations to create an Internet of Things ecosystem, with the objective of developing proof of concept solutions for enterprises, smart cities and smart homes, in September this year. Earlier in March, Tech Mahindra‘s Integrated Engineering Solutions division had also partnered the semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments to setup a lab called Texas Instruments Lab, with a focus on developing solutions based on Internet of Things.

– In July this year, Cisco had signed a strategic agreement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to set up an Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub in Bangalore. The company also recently unveiled a model ‘smart city’ in Bangalore, which it claims will act as a blueprint for other smart cities in the country.