Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a state-run Indian telecommunications company, has teamed up with connected tech provider Aeris to accelerate the growth of IoT in India.
The world’s second most populous country has already been identified as a key region in the world’s IoT market. According to research by Zinnov Zones, Indian firms own around two-fifths of the global connected tech sector.
New opportunities across India
Through this partnership, the companies will provide enterprises, small businesses and public sector organizations with access to packaged IoT solutions and services. This also happens to be one of India’s biggest IoT partnerships, they claim.
BSNL claims it is contributing greatly to bridging the rural-urban digital divide in the Indian tech sector, with a range of initiatives to tackle this massive challenge.
BSNL possesses a wide IoT network, and it’s hoping to enable new IoT projects aimed at improving supply chain efficiency, enhancing customer experience, tracking and monitoring assets, improving logistics and empowering smart cities.
Operating for more than a decade, Aeris claims to specialise in “unlocking the value of IoT” for its customers. Its Aeris IoT Services platform, which it describes as a “comprehensive end-to-end enabler for enterprises”, will serve as a core foundation for connected tech projects.
Targeted at enterprises of all sizes, the platform offers solutions that can help them “evolve into resilient, innovative and performance-driven entities that are future ready”.
India at the forefront of IoT
Shri Anupam Shrivastava, chairman and managing director of BSNL, said this technology has the potential to transform India in a plethora of ways.
“BSNL has taken many steps to leverage technology to launch new services in line with the changing needs of our customers,” he said in a statement.
“IoT is an enabling technology that bears the potential to take India to a whole new level of development and our vision is to play a significant part in this endeavour.
“In the days to come we will, through this partnership, translate the potential of IoT into tangible benefits on the ground.”
Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, president of Aeris Communications India, said: “Our partnership will ensure faster permeation of IoT across India and help businesses and PSUs gain remarkable advantages.”
He also said it will “enable innovation at all levels through ubiquitous connectivity and IoT solutions tailor-made for the challenges that Indian companies face.”