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Tata Communications: 'MOVE' to truly borderless Internet of Things connectivity
Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a significant enabler for businesses’ digital transformation. However, some barriers remain. In Tata Communications’ recent global Cycle of Progress survey, IT decision makers cited security (30 percent) and privacy issues (25 percent) as the biggest challenges with IoT adoption.
To achieve sustainable cross-border business growth through IoT, organisations require truly global connectivity, whilst ensuring the integrity and security of data.
This is where Tata Communications, a global digital infrastructure provider, comes in with its groundbreaking IoT platform—Tata Communications MOVE™. It overcomes the limitations of inherently local cellular networks, offering connectivity across local networks and country borders. “Our edge-to-cloud IoT platform gives organisations pervasive, reliable connectivity to power their IoT and mobile services across geographical boundaries,” states Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer at Tata Communications.
The Tata Communications MOVE™ platform is part of the company’s aim of creating truly borderless mobile experiences for people and things. It is underpinned by Tata Communications’ global wholly owned IP network, which today connects 4 out of 5 mobile subscribers and carries around 30 percent of the world’s Internet routes. Leveraging the company’s relationships with more than 600 mobile network operators worldwide, Tata Communications MOVE™ provides guaranteed, cost-effective connectivity for IoT devices, regardless of location.
Through Tata Communications MOVE™, organisations can harness the full potential of advanced IoT use cases such as connected vehicles, fleet management or asset tracking, which require greater bandwidth and a more responsive ‘network on demand’ worldwide. “Our platform allows businesses to use the network as the foundation for their global IoT strategy and bring new IoT services to market more quickly,” says Bartolo.
The platform also offers businesses better visibility into their different connected assets, which helps them capture, move and manage their IoT data to improve their services and customer experience.
To launch its kids’ smartwatch on a global scale with truly global connectivity, wearables company Omate turned to Tata Communications. The Omate x Nanoblock smartwatch helps parents stay connected and communicate with their children. Leveraging the Tata Communications MOVE™ platform, it comes with instant, secure, global connectivity straight out of the box. This means that all location, messaging, and video calling data of the Omate x Nanoblock is carried over an end-to-end encrypted virtual private network. The software-defined capabilities of the Tata Communications MOVE™ platform also allow Omate to customise features and content on the smartwatch, keeping children’s needs in mind.
To help organisations worldwide introduce new innovative IoT services more quickly and grab their share of the growth opportunities that this market offers, Tata Communications works with the biggest cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, AliCloud and Google, securely connecting IoT edge devices to applications in the cloud.
“Through our Tata Communications MOVE™ platform and our partnerships in the global technology ecosystem, we want to pave the way for a world where anything can be ‘born connected’, and accelerate organisations’ digital transformation enabled by IoT,” Bartolo concludes.
More than 1,600 business decision makers were surveyed at the end of 2018 for the ‘Cycle of Progress’ across 10 countries: Germany, France, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, US and Canada. The survey was commissioned by Tata Communications.