Menu
IoT's not all futuristic: Industry pioneer Jasper makes more connections

IoT's not all futuristic: Industry pioneer Jasper makes more connections

Jasper is announcing new partnerships as it gets ready to join Cisco

The Internet of Things was there even before it got that futuristic name. Part of the news at this Mobile World Congress this week is the steady growth of the industry that's been making connected devices work for years.

This is the growth that Cisco Systems wants to tap into by buying Jasper Technologies, an IoT company more than a decade old, in a US$1.4 billion deal announced just this month. While the two companies make it official, Jasper is signing more deals with partners to make IoT work even better. At MWC, it's lining up with an automaker, a home-security vendor and a SIM card giant.

When companies want to manage connected products like cars and keep selling services like engine monitoring, Jasper often provides the tools to make it happen. More than 3,500 enterprises use its cloud-based services, the company says. Specifically, Jasper steps in when those companies connect their products over mobile carrier networks.

Managing networked machines is a long way from standard consumer-device support, said Jasper Vice President of Strategy Macario Namie.

"This is not a phone. This is not something where the No. 1 response to any support issue is reboot. This is a small black box inside of a large piece of machinery thousands of miles away," he said.

For example, most IoT manufacturers have to produce connected devices for use in many countries. On Tuesday, Jasper announced a partnership with mobile technology vendor Gemalto that should make this easier. It will use Gemalto's Global eSIM, a single SIM card that can be reprogrammed for use in each country.

Without eSIMs, makers of things like cars have to equip them with potentially hundreds of different SIM cards, a complicated and expensive process. With eSIMs, they can install one type of card and then set up the local SIM profile when they know where the vehicle's going to be sold.

The eSIM technology follows a standard set by the GSMA mobile industry group. Jasper already has an eSIM partnership with Giesecke & Devrient, another big SIM vendor.

Another partnership will make home security systems more manageable. Jasper will help manufacturer Telular set up local home-security dealers with remote management capabilities for the Telular systems they sell. That way, the dealers will know when something goes wrong, like the security system going offline, and be able to fix it more quickly. That's becoming more important as home security moves away from landline connections and toward less reliable cellular networks, Namie said.

Also at MWC, Jasper will highlight a recent move that will help France's PSA Peugeot Citroen maintain the cars it sells.

PSA already sets up cellular connections for its cars throughout Europe. Now it keeps in touch with those cars through services that Jasper's cloud help to make possible.

Through a partnership with Post Luxembourg, the delivery and network company that provides mobile service to PSA's cars, Jasper gives the automaker access to diagnostics and other capabilities on those vehicles through an automated system. Collecting and analyzing data used to be a manual process.


Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MWC 2016

Featured

Slideshows

Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours

Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours

The channel came together for another round of After Hours, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and partners descending on The Jefferson in Auckland. Photos by Maria Stefina.​

Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours
Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland

Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland

Emerging start-up Consegna has officially launched its cloud offerings in the New Zealand market, through a kick-off event held at Seafarers Building in Auckland.​ Founded in June 2016, the Auckland-based business is backed by AWS and supported by a global team of cloud specialists, leveraging global managed services partnerships with Rackspace locally.

Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland
Veritas honours top performing trans-Tasman partners

Veritas honours top performing trans-Tasman partners

Veritas honoured its top performing partners across the channel in Australia and New Zealand, recognising innovation and excellence on both sides of the Tasman. Revealed under the Vivid lights in Sydney, Intalock claimed the coveted Partner of the Year 2017 (Pacific) award, with Data#3 acknowledged for 12 months of strong growth across the market. Meanwhile, Datacom took home the New Zealand honours, with Global Storage and Insentra winning service provider and consulting awards respectively. Dicker Data was recognised as the standout distributor of the year, while Hitachi Data Systems claimed the alliance partner award. Photos by Bob Seary.

Veritas honours top performing trans-Tasman partners
Show Comments