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IBM partners to bring enterprise IoT solutions to India

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Through the deal, Reliance Group enterprise IoT customers will have access to IBM Watson platform

IBM and Unlimit, a business venture of Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, have announced a strategic collaboration targeting the enterprise IoT space. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM and Unlimit will co-create IoT solutions for specific industry verticals including automotive, insurance, utilities and industrial automation.

The Indian firm and IBM are also developing enterprise IoT solutions for implementation across Reliance Group companies addressing key segments such as user-based insurance, asset and vehicle tracking, telecommunications tower monitoring and maintenance. With a vehicle tracking solution, car leasing companies will have a better visibility of their leased vehicles through GPS and sensor data to prevent fraud and reduce losses. Meanwhile, with the tower monitoring solution, telecom tower companies will be able to reduce cost of maintenance of towers by having insight into tower health and operations. Instant alerts can be sent for issues that need immediate resolution, IBM said.

“We are elated to collaborate with IBM to unlock the true potential of IoT in India and bring value to our partners and customers. Currently, India is becoming the hot bed for digital disruption and we believe there is immense scope for innovation. We are confident that our powerful technology platform, with Watson IoT at its core, will provide enterprises with a flexible, scalable and secure solution,” said Unlimited’s CEO Juergen Hase.

“With 2.7 billion connected devices and growing, Indian economy, enterprises and consumers are embracing IOT at a rampant pace,” said Harriet Green, general manager, Watson IoT, customer engagement and education, at IBM.

As part of the collaboration, IBM will provide its Watson IoT Platform to collect and connect data, including sensor data, from devices and provide use-case specific dashboards. Unlimit will design IoT use cases for various industries in the Indian market and build them on the IBM Watson IoT platform, which provides device registration, IoT rules, advanced analytics, visualization, dashboards, reports and cognitive capabilities for each use case.

The agreement stipulates that all the Reliance Group companies and Unlimit’s clients will have access to the IBM Watson IoT platform capabilities via the IBM Cloud.

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