Feb 27: Reliance Jio, the telecom giant led by Mukesh Ambani, has partnered with Samsung Electronics, in a bid to usher in and establish an all India Internet of Things (IoT) network. This is expected to pave the way for a fully digital India, where IoT reaches the whole of the nation.
The companies are aiming to improve the network capacity in the country, and they also intend to help take Long- Term Evolution (LTE) services to 99 percent of the country’s population.
Earlier there were reports of Jio exploring IoT with a major focus on enterprises and industries, following which the company became a partner to Samsung.
The advantages of IoT network are that it can support consumer and enterprise uses which include vehicle tracking, smart appliances, smart metering, security and surveillance. Youngky Kim, Samsung Electronics President and Head of Networks Business has been quoted as saying the company is delighted to contribute to the successful telecom operator Jio and also intends to offer best experience possible to Jio users.
As an initiative to drive its IoT business together with other technologies including mobile edge computing, distributed artificial intelligence and blockchain, the company has appointed Ayush Sharma as its Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology.
There are reports that,on a trial basis, the company has begun its offerings of enterprise solutions with fiber-to-the-home and plans to launch a broadband powered home automation system. The system which entails the installation of six seven smart plugs will also enables their smartphones and tablets to control homes. There is also news that the company is also planning to launch a home surveillance package which comprises a smart camera, doorbell, lock and chime alarm which can all be operated through mobile devices.
Currently the company is offering wallet, music and other facilities. Experiments were done by the company to analyze how various other offerings of Reliance can be boosted using IoT and AI. There was also news that the company is gearing up to launch its crypto currency, JioCoin.