HPE, which is demonstrating a variety of smart city IoT use cases on its HPE Universal IoT Platform at Mobile World Congress 2017, announced its association with Tata Communications, leading provider of A New World of Communications™, to support the roll out of India’s first LoRaWAN™ (LoRa) based network.
LoRa network, the plans of which were unveiled by the company last year, is a part of Tata Communications’ long-term strategy of creating mobile platforms and ecosystems that enables its customers and partners to connect people and IoT-connected devices seamlessly on a global scale.
As a part of the deal, the first phase of the roll-out would target Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities in India, touching over 400 million people. The successful field trials of the same have been done in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Apart from this, there are 35 proof-of-concept applications in trial on the network.
This association between two of the leading companies in the world comes as a new era in the field of connected devices where the devices are enabled with embedded connectivity for enterprise-customer solutions throughout the country.
Serving more than 2000 communities and covering 400 million people, it would be the first of its kind initiative in India that plans to connect devices, applications and other IoT solutions over LoRa network in facilities like campus, utilities, fleet management, security, smart buildings and healthcare.
“As part of our commitment to innovation and in driving digital transformation globally, we are creating a cohesive, resilient and highly secure network to deploy IoT applications in India. We are excited to be partnering with HPE in this project as this platform is critical to amalgamating all the complex variables in enabling a truly digital India”, said Anthony Bartolo, president, Mobility, IoT and Collaboration Services, Tata Communications.
Facilitating features like streamlining interoperability and management of heterogeneous IoT devices & applications that power intelligent edge, the HPE universal IoT platform is designed for massive scale, multi-vendor and multi-network support that uses the oneM2M interoperability standard.
According to the company statement, the platform supports long-range, low-power connectivity deployments, as well as devices that use cellular, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
“Through our partner centric approach, the HPE Universal IoT platform will enable Tata Communications to build multiple vertical use cases for its Indian IoT network on a common platform with a common data model,” said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, Communications Solutions Business, HPE
Apart from this, HPE would work closely with Tata Communications as its integral part of global cellular IoT connectivity services. This would provide a range of domestic and cross-border IoT connectivity and management services, particularly for applications requiring elements of mobility, such as connected cars.