South Africa’s SqwidNet announced late on Wednesday that it is bringing a low-cost IoT service for disposable devices to the country.
The device was unveiled by Sigfox during its Prague conference.
The company said the device offers a simplified connectivity service which now makes it possible to transform any short-range wireless device into a long-range IoT device, with hardware components for as little as $0.20.
SqwidNet, a licensed Sigfox operator, said it will offer access to this low-cost service in South Africa.
At the conference Sigfox officials demonstrated a prototype wireless module contained in a cardboard envelope, triggering a text message when the envelope was opened.
The cost of this wireless module has been cut down by dropping a few non-essential functionalities. It features an ultra-thin battery, ultra-thin contacts, and an ultra-low-cost module.
Reshaad Sha, Chief Executive Officer at SqwidNet who is currently attending the SIGFOX World IoT Expo, said it is now possible to connect hundreds of millions of devices across verticals and sub-verticals, which were previously not viable from a cost perspective.
“From $12 in 2015, to $2 in 2017 and now at $0.20, the dropping costs of this hardware will present significant opportunities for new vertical use cases in the logistics and retail verticals. Anything that requires low cost one directional communications or ‘disposable’ connectivity can be delivered through this new low-cost enabled service.”
SqwidNet is fast-tracking the deployment of its open-access Internet of Things (IoT) network infrastructure to enable developers to provide intelligent solutions to solve problems faced by their clients.
SqwidNet’s IoT network has been deployed across all of South Africa’s eight major metros and cover more than 49% of the population, and expected to exceed 85% population coverage by the end of the year. For more read: SqwidNet’s IoT Network Goes Nationwide, Now Covers All South African Cities
Brace yourself, IoT solutions are coming to the country, thanks to SqwidNet’s infrastructure.
The provider is relying on the Sigfox ecosystem for sourcing IoT devices.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as the Industrial Internet, brings together brilliant machines, advanced analytics, and people at work. It’s the network of a multitude of devices connected by communications technologies that results in systems that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights like never before.
These insights can then help drive smarter, faster business decisions for industrial companies in Africa.
The IoT network operators that attempt to tackle the African market will find a matured market is estimated that by 2025 to have tripled internet penetration to about 600 million people opening new opportunities, such as deployment of IoT solutions.