Vox unveils IoT-based solutions

April 25, 2018 1:37 pm6 comments

Jacques du Toit H_Sby GIFT NDOLWANE
JOHANNESBURG – INTEGRATED information and communications technology (ICT), Vox, is launching several fully-managed Internet of Things (IoT) based solutions hailed by the company as secure, power efficient, cost effective and simple to deploy.

One of South Africa’s largest independent black-owned telecoms operators, the company said when coupled with advanced analytics, big data collection would bring new security options including asset and animal tracking local customers.

Vox has positioned itself as a network neutral platform provider and will support Narrowband IoT (NB-IOT), Long Term Evolution LTE-M1), LoRa and Sigfox technologies.

“This is going to be like Beta vs VHS,” said Vox Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Du Toit.

Vox has initially partnered with leading operator Sqwidnet, the provider of Sigfox technology in South Africa.

Sqwidnet has the lowest price point from a hardware and connectivity perspective and the technology extends to more than 42 countries.

Meanwhile, SqwidNet has announced launch of its new technology competition for university students across South Africa.

The challenge has kicked off, with entries being accepted until July 25.

This nationwide competition has been designed to challenge students to develop and create innovative projects focused on building solutions that make use of SqwidNet / SIGFOX technology.

The applications of IoT have been seen in a number of industries and SqwidNet would like to see young South African minds using this technology to address African socio-economic problems.

Phathizwe Malinga, Acting CEO of SqwidNet, said statistics show that the IoT market opportunity for the Middle East and Africa region was poised to grow by 10 percent from $85,1 billion in 2017 to $114,4 billion by 2020.

“…meaning, the market is ripe with opportunities and these young students and graduates from across the country are welcome to submit the ideas for their projects focusing on environmental and animal protection, energy, health, transportation, and any other areas of sustainable development,” Malinga said.
– Technoafrica

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