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HPE to work with Tata Communications to build world’s largest IoT Network in India



Author: Nigel Upton, Director & General Manager, IoT/GCP, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise



Once the subject of sci-fi novels, smart cities are now a global phenomenon. From implementing smart transportation systems to providing contextual, location-based services to their citizens, cities are becoming more and more intelligent. Of course, different cities have very different needs and challenges, but many are trying to solve the same problems and want to improve the quality of life for their inhabitants and increase overall efficiency and safety.


Let me illustrate this reality with very concrete example. Today at Mobile World Congress 2017 HPE announced it is working with Tata Communications, to support the roll-out of India’s first LoRaWAN™ (LoRa) based network. It is part of Tata Communications’ long-term strategy of creating mobile platforms and ecosystems that enable its customers and partners to connect people and IoT-connected devices seamlessly on a global scale. The first phase of the roll-out targets will reach over 400 million people across India.


The association between Tata Communications and HPE paves the way for a new era in enabling devices with embedded connectivity for Enterprise customer solutions throughout the country. The project involves connecting devices, applications and other IoT solutions over the LoRa network in smart buildings, campus, utilities, fleet management, security and healthcare services in nearly 2,000 communities, making it the first-of-its-kind initiative in India.


Tata Communications has also selected HPE to be an integral part of its global cellular IoT connectivity services. This provides a range of domestic and cross-border IoT connectivity and management services, particularly for applications requiring elements of mobility, such as connected cars, fleet management and transportation services. “Tata Communications has 15 years of experience in delivering impactful and innovative communications solutions to its customers globally,” said Anthony Bartolo, president, Mobility, IoT and Collaboration Services, Tata Communications. “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.”


“The sheer size of this project is incredible, bringing new services to millions of people,” said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, Communications Solutions Business, HPE. “Through our partner-centric approach, the HPE Universal IoT platform will enable Tata Communications to build multiple vertical use cases for its IoT network in India on a common platform with a common data model.”


So let’s look in detail at what’s fueling this burgeoning interest in making cities smart? I see three key drivers:



Major city centers are exploding in size, scale, and complexity

Readers living in densely populated areas can probably relate to problems such as insufferable traffic, lack of street parking, and overflowing waste bins. And it will get worse: By 2050, 70% of the global population will live in urban areas. IoT solutions can help cities become more efficient and sustainable as demand rises.




 The speed and availability of technology is pushing cities to become more intelligent.

The growing ubiquity of sensors, applications, and mobility is helping cities connect and, more importantly, enabling them to collect and analyze data to produce insights never before possible. That translates to uncovering faster, better, and more cost-effective ways to deliver public services.




Smart cities will be the engine of global economic growth.

By 2025, the top 600 cities in the world will generate nearly 65% of world economic growth. A city that wants to become a leading player will need a competitive advantage. Delivering public services efficiently will be critical as city governments work to improve the quality of life for residents—and technology is the catalyst for this continued transformation.



IoT Platform and Smart Cities

It’s important to remember that cities are heterogeneous environments—many have diverse economies, technical capacities, and connectivity requirements. Different public services require and consume different IT resources, which causes these services to be operated in silos.


For example, some smart city initiatives may require different types of networks (Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, LPWAN such as LoRa, etc.) to connect a myriad of sensors like smoke detectors, water flow gauges, electricity meters, and motion detectors. With this degree of diversity, cities need a platform capable of unifying and streamlining the management of varying types of protocols, devices, and networks.


This is where the HPE Universal IoT Platform comes in. This vendor-agnostic platform makes it easy for cities to add and manage new public services. It simplifies the management of various connected devices—as well as the different types of networks that connect them—regardless of their nature. More importantly, the Universal IoT Platform creates a collaborative environment for separate applications to access and provide data for analysis—thus deriving valuable insights that otherwise would not be possible.


Designed for massive scale, multi-vendor and multi-network support using the oneM2M interoperability standard, the HPE Universal IoT Platform streamlines interoperability and management of heterogeneous IoT devices and applications that power the intelligent edge. The platform supports long-range, low-power connectivity deployments, as well as devices that use cellular, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Recent enhancements announced for the HPE Universal IoT Platform include increased LoRa gateway support, enabling the use of multiple LoRa gateways with a common set of applications to simplify device provisioning and control in heterogeneous LoRa environments.


Here are two areas where the HPE Universal IoT Platform can help cities transition into smarter ones:


Smart parking

These days, you’re lucky if you only have to drive around for 20 minutes to find a parking spot. The result is frustrated citizens, snarled traffic, and increased CO2 emissions. Fortunately, IoT promises to change all that. Using real-time traffic information systems and smart parking meters that are able to detect if the parking space is occupied, cities across Europe and North America are reducing the time and cost of transportation and providing a healthier way of life by providing a real-time view of parking availability.


 iotblog6.pngIntelligent waste management

For ages, garbage trucks in cities around the world have traveled the same routes daily, collecting waste whether a container is full or not. However, IoT can optimize this process by installing connected sensors in waste bins to monitor the level of rubbish inside. By emptying containers only when they are full, cities can realize massive operational savings. That’s critical given that waste management is typically one of the highest expenses a city incurs.


With connected public services such as smart parking and waste management being powered by the HPE Universal IoT platform and HPE analytics portfolio, smart cities are discovering new and innovative ways to drive greater quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable communities.


To learn more about how the HPE Universal IoT Platform makes it possible to build for and capture new value from the proliferation of connected devices, read the white paper “Smart cities and the Internet of Things” or download the waste management case study.


 If you are a HPE Partner Ready channel partner, you can accelerate your customers’ IoT success today through the HPE IoT Partner Program, providing access to HPE’s Universal IoT platform and the broader portfolio of HPE IoT products, solutions and resources and the ability to leverage HPE’s global market presence.




HPE is demonstrating a variety of smart city IoT use cases on the HPE Universal IoT Platform at Mobile World Congress 2017. Come and visit us at the HPE Booth in Hall 3 #3E11.


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