Archive for January, 2017

New Health and Fitness App, JioHealthHub, Launched by Reliance Jio

January 27, 2017

After the launch of a range of premium applications, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio recently introduced a new app called JioHealthHub. This app caters to a variety of medical and fitness needs of consumers today.

User interface and convenience of JioHealthHub app

JioHealthHub app is easy to navigate. It has a minimalistic design, which prevents any inconvenience to users. There are specific logos for every category, thereby avoiding any confusion. These logos stand for eight categories, namely Shared With Me, My Health Data, Health Charts, Medical History, Offers, Sync Accounts, Shared By Me, and My Accounts. To access this app, users will have to create an account. Once this process is complete, all data regarding their health that is uploaded by users to the app gets saved onto the cloud. Therefore, users will have access to the data on their account anytime from any device, provided they have the Internet connection.

Privacy and security

Users may rest assured of their privacy when they enter their personal medical and fitness data on the app. The app is secure and even enables users to share medical-related information in the form of lab reports, prescriptions, and much more with their doctor, family, or friends. Users’ contacts will not be able to share their details with others. However, they could do so only with the users’ consent. For added security, JioHealthHub does not support screenshots.

Automatic segregation of files

Once the user’s lab reports are ready, the partner labs could share the same with them through the app. These would then get saved into a specific folder for later reference. Users will not have to spend time or effort behind segregating files like medical reports. The app does this automatically. Unclassified files or ones that are not directly related would be saved by the app in the ‘My Health Folder’, which is a central repository.

Personal health profile and access to medical images

Being a comprehensive health app from Jio, users could create and maintain their personal health profile conveniently. They could enter details concerning their gender, age, height, contact number, medical insurance policy, address, and even an emergency phone number. In addition to this, users could save relevant information regarding their family medical history, genetic disorders, as well as allergies, if any. This data would be saved in an organized manner so that individuals could use the same while consulting their doctor. In addition to this, JioHealthHub lets users view CT scans, x-rays, and other such medical reports. Having an easy access to such reports would also enable users to get opinions regarding their condition from more than one medical practitioner.

After downloading the app, individuals need to create their account and thereafter their medical profile. After this, they could click on the ‘My Health Data’ option in case they wish to upload medical bills, prescriptions, or any such files. They could go to ‘My Account’ option, whenever they want to make changes to their account or log out of the app.

Summary

JioHealthHub app lets users keep a complete track of their health. The Jio Happy New Year Offer, valid till 31st March 2017, offers premium Jio apps like JioMusic, JioCinema, as well as JioHealthHub, besides other data services for free.

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Automobile Telematics Devices and Home Automation Systems to be Launched by Jio

January 24, 2017

The affordable and efficient data services offered by Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio have made the company a household name. Till date, apart from Jio, no operator has garnered such a wide user base surpassing 72 million within only a few months of its launch. After the range of data services, free voice calling, and applications, the brand is now ready to focus on creating automobile telematics devices.

Home automation products

The Jio Experience Center in Navi Mumbai offers an insight into the brand’s range of home automation products. These items are undergoing tests prior to the launch at the center. The smart home solutions to be manufactured by Jio will include everything from surveillance systems to home entertainment products. The former will comprise smart cameras, smart locks, smart doorbells, chime alarms, and many such related products. Additionally, the brand is preparing to launch its own automobile telematics device.

Car connect device

The automobile device that is slated to be launched by Jio is called ‘car connect’ and will be priced at around INR 2,000. It has been designed to allow the car owner to remotely control various functions of the vehicle. In addition to this, the device could also give fuel updates, alerts on speed limits, and performance of an engine, among many such notifications to the owner. This device will perform seamlessly when combined with a specially designed mobile application and a dongle. Moreover, passengers onboard a car connected to this device could even access Wi-Fi.

Tap and Go service

Jio does not want to restrict its offerings to just smart home solutions and data services. The brand is also working towards creating a ticketing facility called ‘Tap and Go’. This will offer railway commuters and even moviegoers the convenience of simply using the tap feature to travel or watch movies. The brand has already taken a step in this direction by proposing the plan to Indian Railways, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, and even movie theaters like PVR.

Popular Jio apps

While these new services are set to enter the market,  Mukesh Ambani led Jio ensures that its current data facilities do not lag behind in terms of their quality and performance. Besides the data services and free voice calling, Jio has won immense praise for its extensive range of applications.

JioMoney is a trending digital wallet app that could be used for a varied range of financial transactions, such as recharges and bill payments. Reliance JioNet is a solution to those who unexpectedly run out of data. All they need to do is log in to the app and connect to a nearby Jio public Wi-Fi hotspot. A security app is a must for every device and Jio offers one too. Jio Security protects against viruses, unsafe websites, and scans a user’s device from time to time.

For a comprehensive digital experience, entertainment apps are a must-have. JioMusic and JioCinema are among the most popular entertainment apps offered by the brand. While JioCinema has an extensive collection of Hollywood, Bollywood, regional movies and even TV shows, JioMusic offers a range of music spanning different languages, which users may stream and download.

Summary

Reliance Jio is preparing to introduce home surveillance, home automation, and automobile telematics devices in the upcoming months.

Mukesh Ambani Believes India is Prepared for the 4th Industrial Revolution

January 19, 2017

Reliance Industries Limited’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani recently made his presence felt at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet, which was held in Davos, Switzerland. In his speech, he supported the concept of a free market system. Additionally, he emphasized on the need to maintain an equal distribution of wealth across the world, without the intervention of extraneous factors. According to him, the creation of wealth is necessary since it is the precursor to the distribution of the same. He stated that building wealth is a challenge. However, once it happens, distribution of the same would be much easier.

Mukesh Ambani’s views at the WEF

At the global platform, Mukesh Ambani highlighted the success of the Indian Government’s demonetization drive. He praised the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strong leadership and stated that the demonetization move’s success has proven that India is ready for the 4th industrial revolution. Mukesh Ambani shared his thoughts on what the country must do in order to facilitate the development of its people. According to him, the technology could help transform India, especially if the country’s educational institutions integrated it into their systems. Mukesh Ambani said that this would be possible only if the foundation is set, wherein all individuals embrace technology.

India’s ability to adapt to new technology

When Mukesh Ambani was asked about his views on the future, he stated that 2016 mainly entailed understanding the 4th industrial revolution’s technology, 2017 will see these technological concepts being implemented. He added that using the technologies in the right manner, so as to benefit the people would be a challenge. At the WEF Annual Meeting, Vishal Sikka, the chief of Infosys also shared the dais with Mukesh Ambani. He supported Mukesh Ambani’s views by stating that the demonetization drive has revealed to the world that India is capable of embracing technological changes in the right spirit. He stated that technologies like artificial intelligence should be used carefully so as to avoid social disturbances.

Success of the demonetization movement

With regard to India’s demonetization drive, Mukesh Ambani stated that over the past three months there has been a large-scale movement of digital money as compared to cash. According to him, the move was supported by people across India, mainly because they believed in its long-term benefits. Mukesh Ambani stated how a company could play an important role in propelling the growth of the country by creating inclusive technology. He maintained that this is something that Reliance Industries Limited has strived to achieve.

Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom arm, Reliance Jio is rapidly advancing in this direction by using technology to offer free data services to people and empower them. Jio’s foray into the telecom sector impacted the market to a large extent and caused several incumbent operators to reduce their tariff rates as well. The telecom company has already garnered more than 72.4 million users shortly after its commercial launch.

Summary

Mukesh Ambani announced that India is ready to embrace the 4th industrial revolution, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet.

Reliance-Sibur JV Plans to Set up South Asia’s first Halogenated Butyl Rubber Unit at Jamnagar

January 18, 2017

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Russian petrochemical giant SIBUR signed an MoU at the recently-concluded Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Gandhinagar to set up South Asia’s first butyl rubber halogenation unit at RIL’s integrated petrochemical site in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

The unit will produce 60,000 MT of halogenated butyl rubber every year under Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Limited (RSEPL) – a joint venture (JV) of which RIL owns 74.9%, and SIBUR 25.1%.

Apart from the planned halogenation unit, the JV owns a 1,20,000 MT per annum butyl rubber plant, currently under construction at the same venue which will provide the necessary butyl rubber feed to the halogenation unit.

Commenting on the halogenated butyl rubber unit, Mr Nikhil Meswani, Executive Director, RIL, said, “RSEPL’s halogenated butyl rubber plant will be well-poised to capitalise on the significant surge in regional demand in tyre and pharmaceutical industries. India is expected to see a quantum jump in tyre production, with Indian and International tyre majors gearing up to make capital investments of Rs. 15,000 crore. The halogenated butyl rubber demand is expected to grow at a rapid pace of 8- 10% CAGR over the next few years, driven by increasing customer preference for tubeless tyres in India and neighbouring countries, and significant investments in the manufacture of pharmaceutical closures and tank inner liners.”

“India offers attractive investment opportunities given the growing local demand for synthetic rubbers and Gujarat’s favourable investment environment coupled with the well-developed infrastructure and raw material availability at a world-class Industrial site owned by RIL. SIBUR has a long track record of successful cooperation with RIL and Gujarat’s government, which has provided us with a solid basis for expanding our footprint in India,” said Mr. Dmitry Konov, Chairman of SIBUR’s Management Board.   Halogenated butyl rubber is a key ingredient for manufacturing inner liner of tubeless tyre. With the Indian automobile trend aligning with global trends, penetration of tubeless tyres is expected to accelerate in the Indian market, resulting in an increased demand of halogenated butyl rubber. The ingredient is also used in the manufacture of pharma stoppers, inner liner of storage tanks, etc.   Construction of the butyl rubber plant is in full swing at Jamnagar, its commissioning targeted for 2018.

Production from RSEPL will substitute imports and reduce outflow of valuable foreign exchange from India, providing impetus to the government’s Make in India initiative.

RSEPL is a joint venture formed between Reliance Industries and SIBUR in February 2012 to produce 1,20,000 tonnes of butyl rubber per year at RIL’s integrated petrochemical site in Jamnagar, India. RIL owns 74.9% stakes, and SIBUR 25.1% in the joint venture.

About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL): 

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of INR 296,091 crore ($44.7 billion), cash profit of INR 40,737 crore ($6.1 billion), and net profit of INR 27,630 crore ($4.2 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2016.

Mukesh Ambani led RIL is the first private sector company from India to feature in Fortune’s Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Corporations’ – currently ranking 215th in terms of revenues, and 126th in terms of profits. RIL ranks 238th in the Financial Times’ FT Global 500 list (2015) of world’s largest companies. RIL ranks 121st on the Forbes Global 2000 list (2016), continuing to be the top-ranked Indian company. RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and 4G digital services.

About SIBUR:  

SIBUR is a uniquely positioned vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. It owns and operates Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas processing volumes, and is a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry.

SIBUR operates 26 production sites located all over Russia, serving over 1,400 large customers engaged in the energy, chemical, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, construction and other industries in approximately 75 countries worldwide, and employs over 27,000 personnel.

Summary:

Reliance Industries and SIBUR have planned to set up South Asia’s first halogenated butyl rubber unit at Jamnagar.

JioTV App Increases its Channel Base from 368 to 412

January 3, 2017

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio launched its 4G services in September 2016 together with a range of premium Jio applications. These include TV streaming, music and movie streaming, and digital wallet applications, among many others. JioTV has been one of the most popular apps on Google Play offering users access to some of their favorite TV shows. The app has now added a collection of 44 new channels, bringing up JioTV’s channel count from the earlier 368 to 412.

Number of channels included

Of the channels included, 9 belong to the entertainment segment, 18 to the news segment, 3 to the music segment, 4 to the movie segment, and 6 to the devotional segment.  While earlier, there were 112 news channels, the recent addition has taken the number to 130. Additionally, there are 99 entertainment channels in all now. The number of music channels sums up to 34, while the movie channels total up to 36. The collection on JioTV also includes a channel on infotainment business news and two channels in the lifestyle segment.

The most comprehensive channel list

Jio is among the first mobile TV apps to offer such a large number of channels. This easily makes Jio’s services similar to those offered by multi-system operators (MSOs) and direct-to-home (DTH) operators. JioTV includes channels offered by the leading broadcasters in India. These include Discovery Networks India, TV Today Network, ABO News Network, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), Star India, NDTV, Turner India, Viacom 18, TV 18, Sun TV, and ZEEL.

Rich digital experience

Through JioTV, users can enjoy live television channels. If they miss out any program, JioTV’s past seven-day collection of shows will enable them to view the missed episodes. The app is also Star India operated, Hotstar’s digital partner. Moreover, Google Play has recorded about 10 to 15 million JioTV downloads by users.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has strengthened its customer base with over 50 million users. Although the total worth of apps, including JioCinema, JioMags, JioMusic, JioXpress News, JioMoney, Jio Cloud, and JioTV for a month is Rs. 1,250, all these applications are currently offered for free under the Jio Happy New Year Offer. This offer, which is valid until the end of March 2017, gives users access to free data services as well as Jio apps. Before this new offer was introduced, customers were using the services available under the initial welcome offer. Existing as well as new Jio customers can conveniently avail of the Jio Happy New Year Offer. However, the only difference that exists between the former offer and the new one is the revised data limit. The Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit for the former was 4 GB, while the FUP limit for the new one is 1 GB. With a customer base of more than 50 million, the company intends to increase the number to 100 million by the end of March 2017.

Summary

Reliance Jio’s TV app, JioTV now has a total of 412 channels. The Jio Happy New Year Offer also gives customers access to free data and app services.