VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jasper’s Cindy Patterson believes the much-hyped Internet of Things (IoT) space is already a mainstream technology with more verticals adopting the solution, but the chief customer officer remained tight lipped on the company’s long term plans.
Speaking to Mobile World Live, Patterson offered little comment about the future of the company, after the IoT cloud specialist achieved a $1 billion valuation last year, fuelling rumours that it could go public or be bought out.
She did however maintain that the company’s vision continues to be centred around ensuring “every single enterprise across every industry moves towards an IoT model. Everyone talks about 50 billion devices being connected and we really believe in that”.
Addressing an apparent slowdown in that very figure of 50 billion connected devices, which has recently been revised by network vendor Ericsson to 28 billion by a 2021 timeframe, Patterson said she was not concerned, given “the wealth of new opportunities Jasper has in the pipeline”.
Patterson also talked up the development of the connected car, which she believes has now already become mainstream, and said the company is working with 20 connected car OEMs using Jasper’s platform around the world.
Aside from connected cars, Patterson said “there are many other verticals that are also taking off, meaning IoT is no longer in an upstate”.
“There are 19 other industries that we are focussing on right now. As we launch solutions with one company within an industry we get a set of best practises that we can share with the next industry,” she said.
During the interview, Patterson also spoke of some of the ways mobile operators can leverage the IoT opportunity, as well as talking through one of Jasper’s most recent projects; the ‘connected playground’.
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