Jio Ropes in AirWire for Con­nected Car De­vice Mukesh Am­bani-led telco plans to en­ter auto telem­at­ics with the launch of de­vice in In­dia un­der its JioCar Con­nect ini­tia­tive

The Economic Times - - Telecom: The Wide Spectrum - Danish.Khan@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Mukesh Am­bani-led Reliance Jio In­fo­comm has awarded a con­tract to the US-based AirWire Tech­nolo­gies (AirWire) to of­fer the lat­ter’s In­dia man­u­fac­tured con­nected car de­vice to cus­tomers in In­dia. The AirWire Con­nected Car de­vice is be­ing man­u­fac­tured in part­ner­ship with Reliance Jio in In­dia, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment.

Hav­ing gar­nered over 100 mil­lion 4G mo­bile users in In­dia with the help of free data and voice ser­vices, Jio is plan­ning to en­ter au­to­mo­bile telem­at­ics with the launch of this car con­nected de­vice.

Reliance Jio is cur­rently in ad­vance talks with au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies to launch the de­vice very soon in In­dia.

The price of this de­vice is es­ti­mated to be ei­ther equal to or less than its Jio’s Mifi de­vice which costs about .₹ 2,000, a source had told ET.

A Jio spokesper­son said in a state­ment that the telco has been work­ing closely with AirWire in de­vel­op­ing this unique prod­uct to en­able a suite of ser­vices and apps that will make the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence unique for the con­sumers.

“Jio’s part­ner­ship with AirWire pro­vides the con­nected car de­vice plat­form in the ve­hi­cle for our con­nected car ini­tia­tive, Jio Car Con­nect. Driv­ing, own­ing, main­tain­ing and se­cur­ing the ve­hi­cle will now fun­da­men­tally change with Jio Car Con­nect and the AirWire de­vice,” the Jio spokesper­son said.

The IoT de­vice will op­er­ate in the telco’s pan-In­dia ad­vanced 4G/ LTE net­work en­abling con­nect car apps and ser­vices such as Wi-Fi hotspot fea­tures, lo­ca­tion based apps, au­to­mo­bile telem­at­ics, se­cu­rity and safety.

The de­vice at­taches to the ve­hi­cle’s OBD-II port over a ca­ble in the ve­hi­cle, and it pro­vides un­in­ter­rupted con­nec­tiv­ity through Jio’s 4G LTE net­work. The de­vice seam­lessly up­loads im­por­tant ve­hi­cle data to the cloud for anal­y­sis and en­ables con­ve­nient and use­ful apps and ser­vices to the con­sumer’s smart­phones.

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