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Jasper partners Microsoft and SoftBank to expand enterprise IoT offering

Steve Rogerson
August 6, 2015
California-based IoT platform company Jasper has teamed up with Microsoft and Japanese telecoms company SoftBank to provide enterprises worldwide with IoT service management that enables them to bring IoT services to market faster, facilitate their shift from product businesses to services businesses, and rapidly scale.
Through joint engineering efforts, Microsoft and Jasper are combining the power of the Jasper IoT services platform and the Microsoft Azure IoT suite, available in preview later this year.
“More than 2000 enterprises across dozens of industries worldwide have selected the Jasper platform to enable them to deliver IoT services that increase customer value and grow revenues,” said Macario Namie, vice-president of strategy at Jasper. “Through this strategic partnership with Microsoft, we continue to increase the business value of IoT by making it easier and faster for enterprises to bring their IoT services to market, and to scale those services globally.”
The Azure IoT suite extends existing Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets or things, capture the diverse and voluminous data they generate, and integrate and orchestrate the flow of those data. The suite also manages, analyses and presents device data as usable information to help businesses make better decisions, while intelligently automating operations.
The offering, while customisable to fit the needs of any organisation, also provides complete applications that speed deployment of common scenarios seen across many industries, such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance, while providing the ability to grow and scale to millions of things.
Jasper Control Center, Jasper’s IoT services platform, is a cloud-based IoT platform that enables companies of all sizes to deploy, manage and monetise IoT services rapidly and cost-effectively for any connected device. The platform, which is configurable to meet the requirements of business across industries, is said to give companies the real-time visibility, intelligence and control they need to accelerate time-to-market, automate operations, optimise performance, troubleshoot and fix problems, and manage costs.
As those companies grow, it makes it easier for them to scale their businesses seamlessly across the globe. Jasper partners with 25 mobile operator groups, representing more than 100 mobile operator networks worldwide, to deliver the benefits of Control Center in over 100 countries. 
“Our vision for the Azure IoT suite is to help companies thrive in this era of IoT by delivering preconfigured solutions and world class services that any company, whether start-up or the most established global enterprises, can use to create new value,” said Sam George, director of Azure IoT. “Jasper’s IoT services platform is a critical component of delivering on this vision. By bringing together the Jasper platform and the Azure IoT suite, businesses of any size and in any industry can build cost effective IoT solutions for themselves or their customers.”
The combination of the Jasper Platform and Azure IoT should let enterprises worldwide in any industry accelerate time to market of their IoT services by taking advantage of pre-established, deep integration across all technology layers – connectivity, application and data.
Businesses gain a global view of their IoT deployments – including device data and Control Center IoT service data – through the Azure IoT suite. It is said to deliver insights that inform more sophisticated decision-making.
Jasper’s partnership with SoftBank aims to let customers across Japan to use Control Center to introduce IoT services and transform their businesses.
With Jasper, SoftBank will help enterprises capitalise on opportunities by giving them control over their IoT business at every stage – from deployment to management to monetisation. This will enable them to deliver IoT services that increase value for customers and generate more revenue.
“The Japanese market is enthusiastically embracing the opportunity created by the internet of things to transform the way they operate, interact with customers and create revenue,” said Ken Laversin, senior vice president at Jasper. “SoftBank’s partnership with Jasper demonstrates their commitment to bringing cutting edge IoT technology to Japan. With Control Center, companies of all sizes can deliver connected services that increase value for their customers and their businesses.”
The combination of SoftBank’s mobile network and the Jasper IoT services platform should make it possible for companies in virtually any industry – from manufacturing, to transportation, to smart cities and more – to benefit from IoT-enabled business models.
“We expect that our customers will be able to easily enable any business in any industry to transform to a connected services business with Control Center,” said Hiroshi Akabori, vice president of SoftBank. “This flexibility and ability to support all of our enterprise customers was critical in our selection of the best IoT platform partner.”