Networking giant Cisco Jasper announced a new partnership with Three Group today to provide Internet of Things (IoT) services to enterprise clients starting mid-year. The deal will give Three Group's customers the ability to launch IoT services using Cisco Jasper's connectivity management platform, Control Center.

Three Group's clients will be able to connect to Control Center through one of Three's national networks or through the company’s mobile enabling services division, Hue.

Speed, Flexibility and Control

"Speed, flexibility and control are key to powering connected devices on a global scale," said Jarrod Nink, CEO of Hue, in a statement. "Through our global footprint of high-speed mobile networks built for mobile data, and Cisco Jasper's powerful platform, our customers will enjoy an edge in the IoT market for years to come. This partnership will put Three at the heart of the global IoT marketplace and offers huge potential to our enterprise customers."

The agreement represents a significant move by Three, which manages a global portfolio of high-speed mobile networks, to extend its capabilities into the fast-growing IoT space, leveraging its global portfolio of high-speed mobile networks to the advantage of the IoT market. Three is part of the CK Hutchinson conglomerate, and serves more than 90 million mobile data customers across three continents.

The Three Group said that it sees significant demand for the Control Center platform in all of its markets and particularly from the connected car Relevant Products/Services, building security and automation, and transportation and logistics segments.

Connected Cars, Automated Buildings

Connected car initiatives refer to efforts to enable automakers to integrate digital connectivity and services into their vehicles, either to generate data on vehicle performance or to create new revenue streams. "As the autonomous car market evolves, the role of reliable, automated connectivity will be critical to the delivery of ongoing services,” Cisco said in the statement. "Cisco Jasper has a deep history in the connected car market, with 50 of the world's largest auto brands using Control Center for their connected car initiatives."

Building security and automation, meanwhile, focuses on connectivity services for homes and commercial properties, a market that Cisco Jasper has been pursuing aggressively in recent years.

Transportation and logistics companies have also proven to be major clients for IoT tools, as they can be used to help optimize and automate operations through real-time location views and historical data. Enterprises in the sector have been particularly eager to use IoT technology to improve fleet performance and increase efficiencies at point of departure, during carriage and at point of arrival.

Cisco said its Jasper Control Center platform currently has more than 9,000 enterprise clients worldwide. "Innovative enterprises in every industry are already utilizing Control Center today to enhance their customers' IoT experiences and generate new, ongoing revenue sources," said Kalle Ward, managing director for IoT Cloud in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, IoT Cloud at Cisco Jasper, in the statement. "Cisco Jasper has been powering these real IoT successes for more than 10 years, and our connectivity management platform helps businesses automate and manage the delivery of their IoT services globally."