Vodafone Business Services (VBS) has partnered with JCB India, a company which manufactures construction equipment, to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for JCB’s Livelink, a telematics system which allows for remote monitoring of construction equipment and offers info on the service, operation and security of the equipment.
VBS said that the M2M solution will help Livelink users to manage the efficiency, maintenance, and health of the equipment, while JCB’s customers will be able to manage idle time, fuel usage and identify small problems leading to unscheduled downtime. It claims to maintain over 10 billion SIMs and plans to expand to the healthcare and automobile segments.
In July, Vodafone India’s enterprise arm Vodafone Business Services partnered with Diabetacare to launch dCare Smart, a device that helped users manage diabetes. The device uses an embedded Vodafone SIM card to connect directly to Diabetacare’s back-end clinical servers for monitoring a patient’s health.
In 2013, VBS entered the wireline segment in the country by launching wireline services for businesses, with plans to offer this to enterprises along with its mobility and M2M solutions. At that time, Vodafone claimed to have a wireline infrastructure that included 120,000 kms of fibre backbone and over 350 PoPs across 130 cities. Likewise, wireline services accounted for a tiny fraction of Vodafone India’s revenues, and less than 5% of its India topline then.
As of now, VBS provides voice and data solutions and claims to have over 6 million mobility corporate customers. It also offers wireline data solutions, internet leased lines, domestic and international leased circuits, office wireline voice, toll free services, conferencing & collaboration, application mobility and mobile email.
Other partnerships for connected services:
– Earlier this month, telecom operator Aircel partnered with Tech Mahindra to roll out Internet of Things services like smart energy, connected vehicles and smart cities. Other than this Tech Mahindra also partnered with Aeris Communications to provide Aeris GPS, an IoT service delivery platform. In September last year, the company partnered with Bosch Software Innovations to create an Internet of Things ecosystem, while in March, it setup an IoT lab in partnership with Texas Instruments.
– In August, Reliance Communications entered into a partnership with Internet of Things platform provider Jasper, for providing enterprises with a platform to launch their IoT services.
– The same month, MaymyIndia partnered with Avis Car rental to implement its Integrated Dispatch Solution in all of Avis’ cars.The solution would support features like like geofencing, live positioning, alert reports about movement, undue stoppage, billing etc, vehicle status including free, stopped, moving or occupied and historical data replay.
– The same month, MapmyIndia partnered with VE Commercial Vehicles for enabling connected school buses. This partnership is similar to the Avis one, although there are differences in that system targeted at letting parents keep track of kids.
– In June, Mahindra and Mahindra joined Google’s Open Automotive Alliance, an alliance of vehicle manufacturers and device makers from around the world that aim to bring the Android platform to cars.
Other developments in the IOT segment:
– In September: Philips Lighting launched its web-enabled LED home lighting system called the Philips Hue in India. The company claimed that these bulbs, and all other lights can change into 16.8 million colours. Users need to connect the hub or bridge to their routers and wait for the 3 lights to turn on. It offers a free app to communicate with the hub and control these lights via iOS or Android based smartphones. Upto 50 lights can be controlled by a single hub.
– In May, Chinese handset and network equipment maker Huawei launched Agile Network 3.0 architecture, that would enable enterprises build IoT infrastructure in areas including production, manufacturing and logistics.
– In February, Baxiboy Media launched a GPS tracker called Gubloos that featured an SOS button, real time position tracking, 2-way communication, over-speeding alert, fall detection and safe zones and a motion alarm among others.
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