Internet of Things finally seems to be coming to the frontlines in India. On the heels of Reliance Group’s announcement earlier today, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has now announced an alliance with Tata Communications for a project concerned with building an IoT (Internet of Things) network in India. The duo is presently engaged in the development of an IoT network, which is said to be the world’s largest such network.

The interface will be built over the LoRa network and will be channelized in more than 2,000 communities. The network will aid management of smart buildings, e-campuses, fleet, security and healthcare services by offering advanced connectivity solutions. The project will link all possible connecting devices, applications and other IoT systems for providing an e-lifestyle to the citizens.

LoRa is a specialised technology used for promoting key IoT requirements. The network provides swift connection to IoT and M2M (Machine to Machine) networks and offers features such as such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility, and localization services.

Detailing out the fresh plans, David Sliter, Vice President and General Manager, Communications Solutions Business, HPE said,

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.

The project targets to touch the lives of about 400 million people and will commence services with Tier 1 cities in India. The phase will follow Tier 2, 3 and 4 expansion, post a successful pilot. Tata Communications has one of the largest data center businesses in India and is currently looking forward to redeploying capital and reducing debt. This project hints towards similar attempts of debt reduction.

Speaking on the project, Anthony Bartolo, President for Mobility, IoT and Collaboration Services, Tata Communications said,

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.

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