Reliance Group joined forces with Cisco Jasper on a new venture providing Internet of Things solutions to enterprise customers in India.

The dedicated IoT business unit called Unlimit, which Reliance claimed is a first in India, will offer its enterprise customers a range of services with global delivery standards. The venture’s control centre is based on Cisco Jasper’s IoT connectivity management platform.

The IoT services will make it simple for companies to deliver connected services and paves the way for smart cities in the country, the companies said in a statement.

Juergen Hase, CEO of Unlimit, said IoT is a critical enabler for India’s growth, and businesses throughout the country are already using its huge potential to help deliver innovative new services to their customers, while reducing cost and increasing revenue.

“We are delighted to partner with Cisco Jasper, and this strategic partnership will strengthen the market position of Unlimit significantly,” he said.

IoT technology holds a lot of promise for businesses looking to deliver connected services, but many believe the deployment of IoT is too complex, Hase said. “This partnership makes it simple for companies of any size to transform their businesses by offering connected services that enhance their customers’ experiences while enabling new revenue models.”

Enabling smart cities
In addition to enabling business transformation for companies in India, the IoT services launched will play a role in making the Digital India project – a government programme committed to building 100 smart cities to increase the quality of life for residents – a reality.

“Reliable connectivity and the ability to easily manage the multitude of connected services involved in smart cities are two key requirements to ensure the success of the Digital India initiative. The combination of Reliance’s mobile networks and cloud services with the global Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform provides a full suite of solutions for smart city initiatives throughout India,” Hase said.

The country’s fourth largest operator, Reliance Communications, is part of the Reliance Group, which is controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani.