Airtel launches IoT solution for GPS vehicle tracking

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Bharti Airtel on Friday launched an “Always On” IoT connectivity solution that will facilitate vehicle tracking via GPS.

With the IoT solution, emergency vehicles such as ambulances and other passenger vehicles can stay connected through different mobile network operators, ensuring continuous monitoring and security.

The feature, which uses an electronic SIM card (eSIM) to connect an IoT device to the network, complies with the Department of Roads’ mandatory requirements for device connectivity and GPS tracking capabilities.

As per Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) standard AIS-140, all passenger carrying buses, private fleets and other public transport vehicles must be connected for tracking, safety and security purposes .

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“We believe this is the next big opportunity in the IoT segment. Our strengths in the network, a modern, GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) compliant platform providing online access real-time to data and a flexibility to integrate the solution with custom APIs will make Airtel Business stand out in the market,” a statement from the company quoted Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO of Airtel Business, as saying.

The company aims to gain market leadership in the machine-to-machine IoT space in the next few years, he said.

Airtel has continuously focused on its IoT business with around 12 million connections. A recent report by market research firm Frost and Sulivan said the company is currently a market leader in cellular IoT solutions with over 49% market share. Cellular IoT solutions enable connectivity between a smartphone and other physical devices such as speakers, headphones, etc.

The company supports a range of specific vertical solutions such as industrial asset monitoring, smart meters and vehicle telematics, he said. Currently, Bharti Airtel counts MG Motor, Pine Labs, Paytm, Kent, Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation and Odisha Power Transmission, among some customers of its enterprise IoT solutions.

According to the report, sectors such as logistics, healthcare and automotive will be the main drivers of machine-to-machine based IoT solutions in the country.

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