Cisco Jasper bags global IoT deal with VimpelCom 

Cisco Jasper announced it has won a deal to supply VimpelCom with its IoT platform.
The agreement will see VimpelCom use Cisco Jasper's Control Centre connectivity management platform across its global footprint. The operator can use the platform to underpin a broad range of IoT and M2M services, such as fleet management and smart metering, among others.
With Control Centre, VimpelCom's enterprise customers will be able to remotely manage connected devices, and set up rules to control SIM activity, reduce data costs, and automate associated business processes.

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