Leading ecosystem management solutions and IoT strategy provider, SMME IoT has signed a channel partnership agreement with SqwidNet to connect 1 million devices within the next 3 to 5 years in South Africa.
This partnership opens up excellent opportunities for SqwidNet to provide their proposition of low-cost, long-range, low-power modules and devices to the existing network of partners that SMME IoT services.
SMME IoT in alliance with Visiosoft, a dedicated IoT device maker, has begun their foray by initially installing just over 2500 water meter reader units across the country. The analytics platform connected to these devices receives the consumption data every 30 minutes. These are active sites, that send data from the devices into a cloud platform. This data is then used to understand the consumption patterns of the area resulting in responsible usage of water in various suburbs and communities.
SqwidNet CEO, Reshaad Sha says, “SMME IoT operates across a range of verticals like the financial sector, human resource management and technology. We are confident that through this partnership we will be able to expand our competitive offering into these sectors.”
“SMME IoT offers end to end solutions using leading technologies and sustainable partnerships to grow and support various businesses in South Africa. We specialise in devices that are IoT ready and retrofit devices that provide us with a rapid market entry advantage” adds Mr Rajen Naidoo, Executive Business Development, SMME IoT.
SqwidNet was launched in November 2016 as the Sigfox operator in SA. It has successfully deployed a low-cost, low-power, ultra-narrowband IoT network in South Africa. The company began through a partnership between Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and global IoT operator Sigfox. Sigfox today has presence in 45 countries through similar partnerships and covers over 800 million people with a Sigfox network. The SqwidNet network in South Africa currently covers 81% of the South African population and will cover 85% by mid-2018, enabling millions of physical devices to be connected to the digital world and bringing the IoT to life.
Visit the SqwidNet stand at IoT Forum Africa for more information.
For more information, please visit www.sqwidnet.com.
About SMME IoT
SMME IoT is a South African based IoT Ecosystem enabler. It works closely with Allied High Ltd which is a global IoT Ecosystem builder working closely with a number of Sigfox operators across the world. SMME IoT through Allied High Ltd has made available a number of IoT devices and sensors to the South African market with many of these solutions already in production.