Networking giant Cisco announced plans this week for an expansion of its Jasper Internet of Things service that will include a new capability that will allow enterprises to more easily connect and manage their employees’ mobile devices. The expansion includes the launch of a new platform called Control Center for Mobile Enterprise.
The company is marketing the new platform primarily as a way for enterprises to lower their telecom costs and ensure those costs are consistent and predictable by providing real-time visibility into the amount of data employees are using on their devices.
One of the biggest challenges for companies trying to keep their mobile costs down is the unpredictable nature of usage charges. Companies frequently don’t learn that their employees have exceeded their data plans until 30 to 60 days later, according to Cisco. And that lag between data use and reporting can make it difficult to manage connection costs.
Cisco said that the Control Center for Mobile Enterprise will allow managers to see, in real time, exactly how much data an employee is currently consuming on a device, and how much the company is being charged for that data by the carrier. By providing that usage data faster and more transparently, Cisco said it will be easier for companies to control their employees?EU? data usage and prevent overage charges before they’re incurred.
Rather than reviewing months’ worth of past invoices to figure out how to avoid service charges, enterprises can use the Control Center to create and enforce roaming policies that can detect when employees are about to go over their allotted minutes and automatically upgrade them to the next service tier. The platform can also be used to detect when a SIM card has been removed from a device and block it to prevent…